On 20 and 21 June, more than 900 participants, including around 75 international guests, came to Leipzig to be a part of what can be described as Europe’s biggest adult learning and education (ALE) event.
“We live in times of great challenges. We want to face these challenges. And grow from them!” This quotation from the opening remarks of the President of the German Adult Education Association (Deutscher Volkshochschul-Verband, DVV), Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, captures the spirit of the conference very well.
After three years shaped by the impact of the pandemic, the German ALE community reflected on the worldwide state of the sector, the tasks, and the challenges ahead. The focus was on four main issues:
By identifying the key role ALE must play in tackling this substantial transformation successfully, the conference came up with clear messages and demands as well. DVV’s chairmanMartin Rabanus described it in the following way:
“We, as the vhs family, have some key demands and challenges that we will be dealing with in the coming years:
The coming months and years will show whether or not these strong messages will be heard by the decision-makers at the local, national, European and global level.
DVV International, together with the Board of the German Adult Education Association, for the second time has honoured three Adult Education Centres with the Rita Süssmuth Award for the international Volkshochschule (Adult Education Centre). The Adult Education Centres Badische Bergstraße, Landkreis Cham and Weimar were awarded.