This outcome will be achieved by promoting greater and more active citizens’ representation and engagement in democracy and education, addressing imbalances of men and women in the Friends of Education movement and strengthening the Friends of Education movement to create a wider impact.  The program will seek to ensure that citizens are informed so that they may critically analyze education and democracy issues, promote creative solutions, monitor the activities of local and national leaders and hold them to account as needed.  We will also emphasize active learning and improved literacy among citizens in general, stimulate imaginative and critical debates, raise citizens’ voices and mobilize citizens to take positive actions in improving governance, accountability and service delivery.  Friends will be facilitated to form strong and sustainable movements and networks. The program will also document and share case studies or models of best practices that acheive active citizen engagement in education and democracy issues.