deutscher Bildungsstätten (AdB)
The Association of German Educational Organisations (AdB) was
founded in 1959 as a registered association. We are an association
made up of approximately 170 continuing education centres throughout
Germany with various profiles - youth education centres, adult
education centres, academies, Europe centres, educational centres of
party-related foundations and international encounter centres. As a
whole these independent educational organisations represent a wide
spectrum of various training offers as well as organisational
We are a pluralistic, content-independent association that offers to
its members comprehensive information on the association and civic
education, concrete assistance and a forum for international exchange
on the basis of its non-partisan expertise and wide spectrum of
subjects covered. We are supported by the German Federal Ministry for
Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.
We aim to preserve and promote civic education as an important element
of democracy. Democracy is not only a form of government, but needs to
be experienced and promulgated in the daily lives of citizens. Civic
education is a training field for democracy.
Through their training offers, the member organisations of the
association strive to motivate and enable citizens to recognize the
relationship between political framework conditions and their own
lives, play an active role in public affairs and participate in the
making of society and political processes. The member organisations
see themselves as places of encounter between people of different
cultures, demographic groups and worlds.
As a specialised organisation of civic education we foster an exchange
of information and experience, training and a joint representation of
interests in the area of civic education. We actively contribute to
specialised discussions on civic education. We advocate a European
Educational Network for Human Rights and Democracy and commit
ourselves to the realisation of equal opportunities between men and
women in all our fields of work.