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La Educación
Número: (122) III
Año: 1995


In this article, it is argued that schools have a social responsibility to contribute to the construction of democracy within the schools and to encourage the growth of democracy in society. In Colombia, this democratic process is being carried out by students, parents, teachers, board of directors, alumni and the community in general in accordance with the recently created School Government, which stemmed from the General Education Law that was put into effect in 1994. There are two concrete ways in which the previously mentioned sectors can participate in the construction of a democratic culture: by learning how to work in teams, and by employing the skills of reading and writing. This articles addresses the obstacles that must be confronted in the fight for democracy in and outside of the school.