Dolli-Einstein-Haus in Pinneberg Germany is operating the first democratic kindergarten in Germany.
In Germany, kindergarten begins at age three. Students in the preschool class are able to vote on communal issues like food and toy options. Kids will place small glass stones in a bucket to cast their vote. According to the school, this system was put in place to teach children about the importance of democratic rights early on in life. Votes happen once a week where decisions that determine the next flavor of cake to be brought in, or type of toy to be purchased for the playground, are decided.
Kristen Alheit, the state social affairs minister, gives strong praise for the initiative, "People can and should learn about democracy, when kids take part and are taken seriously, that shapes them for life."
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