The school is an ideal place for developing social capital. It provides a safe space for activity in which young people and children can learn how to trust others, organise groups, meetings and events, work in mixed groups, and use adults’ support if necessary. Participation is the best tool here: it strengthens the relationships between the participants, gives the the sense of self-agency and teaches responsibility.
Nevertheless, not enough attention is still paid to teamwork, mutual help, open discussions on sensitive matters, joint undertakings for the local community, student initiatives and autonomy.
For this reason, participation needs to be examined more closely and better understood.