Arbeitskreis deutscher Bildungsstätten e.V. (AdB)

Association of German Educational Organizations

Ordinary Member

Mrs. Ina Bielenberg (Secretary General)

Mühlendamm 3

10178 Berlin, Germany

Tel.: (0049) 30 400 401 00

bielenberg (at)

Mission statement

Who are we?

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 organizations represent a wide spectrum of various training offers as well as organizational structures. The Association of German Educational Organizations (AdB) was founded in 1959 as a registered association. The educational organizations which comprise the AdB are represented by individual members. 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.

Main activities

We provide: a forum for the analysis of the fundamental and current questions and problems of youth and adult education; participation in commissions and working groups, in which key points of various fields of work are debated, positions are formulated, educational tools are developed and information on training, youth, didactic and economic contents is presented; further training possibilities via conferences and workshops at which important themes are treated and discussed with experts; participation in bi-national and international specialized programs for managers of youth work. At present we are cooperating on the federal level with partner organizations in Israel, The COE member countries, North-Africa and organize training projects for the set-up of democratic education in Belarus, the Russian Federation and Mongolia; support of youth training officials through funding from the Children and Youth Plan of the German Federal government to the individual member organizations. This training officials make up an association-wide working group, in which innovative models of political youth training are developed; the promotion of conferences and projects, for which we apply for public funding as a central group; regular information on developments in the areas of youth and adult education, further education and funding opportunities. AdB is elected coordinating organization of the European network DARE- Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe.

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 organizations 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 organizations see themselves as places of encounter between people of different cultures, demographic groups and worlds. As a specialized organization 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 specialized discussions on civic education. We advocate a European Educational Network for Human Rights and Democracy and commit ourselves to the realization of equal opportunities between men and women in all our fields of work.

International projects

- 2003 - 2006 GRUNDTVIG network DARE

- 2007- 2010 GRUNDTVIG network DARE II

- Know how? Education for Democracy, Human Rights and Civil society with young people - German-Tunisian project

- Cooperations with Belarus, Russian Federation, Israel, Mongolia and with all COE member states

- AdB is coordinating the European NGO DARE - Democracy and Human rights Education in Europe


Ongoing list of publications

Ongoing list of english publications