Get up and get active!
Active citizenship is a broad concept, hard to deﬁne, and yet crucial to the welfare of society and its members. Many people, when asked, will say it is about ‘giving something back’, about recognising that we are all mutually dependent and that by making a positive contribution to the direction society takes, we are helping ourselves as well as others.
In a democratic society, all individuals and groups have the right to participate in democratic practices and institutions. That seems to imply a responsibility to ensure that no one is excluded. It could be argued that active citizenship is all about balancing rights and responsibilities. But whereas rights can be set out in lists and charters, responsibilities are more diﬃcult to enumerate.
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