Citizenship education enables people to reflect and to act in a self-determined way. The core attributes of empowerment, development and dignity are the basic prerequisites for an active, peaceful coexistence of societies and for a sustainable improvement of living conditions. DVV International, the Institute for International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association, recommends the use of citizenship education, particularly as a global cross-sectional task and as a key topic of any adult education, for sustainable global development.
In the future, the international community and international civil society actors will be called upon to define citizenship education as a central task and to explain the key role of adult education. The central question is how the political, legal and individual preconditions and needs of people are brought to bear in citizenship education.
Against this background, DVV International has published an expert paper as well as a new issue in its series “International Perspectives in Adult Education” (IPE). The aim of the expert paper is to provide an overview of the discussion on the topic of citizenship education from the perspective of adult learning and education (ALE) and specifically the perspective of DVV International. The IPE study aims to help reflect the relevance and debate surrounding citizenship education and shows practical examples from the work of DVV international, in order to make our experience in the field of citizenship education accessible to a wider audience.