Awra Amba leads the way this International Day of Democracy

Sunday 15th September is International Day of Democracy, a day designed to highlight the values of freedom and respect for human rights as essential elements of democracy.

This year’s UN designated International Day of Democracy encourages member states to recall that democracy is about people. The theme of participation provides an opportunity to urge all governments to respect their citizens' right to active, substantive and meaningful participation in democracy.


Log in to your Lyfta account and visit our Awra Amba resource to learn more about democracy within this peaceful Ethiopian community.

  • Meet Executive Committee member, Melkiye who explains how the community ensures that everyone has a voice in their collective decision-making. 

  • Consider the roles society and decision-making play in maintaining democracy on pages 22 - 23 of your teacher guide.

  • Democracy goes hand in hand with egalitarianism and peace. Explore why it is important to recognise that each person is equally valuable on pages 26 - 27 of the teacher guide.

  • Discuss the meaning of equality and its significance in a democratic society on pages 34 - 35 of the teacher guide.

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LinkS to
UN SDG 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11 & 16

With interactive areas to explore, as well as multimedia content and real life stories, the Awra Amba resource features a range of activities and films that explore the concept of democracy and its importance in a cohesive society.

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In 2015, UN countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development  Goals (SDGs).

This lesson ties in nicely with SDG 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, and 16, which are all about no poverty, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, decent work and economic growth, reduced inequalities, sustainable cities and communities, and peace, justice and strong institutions.

We at Lyfta believe that it is imperative for our children to know what the SDGs are and to feel empowered to make a positive contribution to a better and more sustainable world.