Am Kronberger Hof 6
For a better understanding of the world
In a number of ways it is possible for us to get information from all over the world to us which is due to technical advances. But at the same time the world is apparently getting more and more complicated, society and politics are constantly changing. Germany is integrated in several supranational structures. The complex relationships appear to be impenetrable despite of several educational supplies. So the feeling of not being able to participate in the events keeps growing.
That is where the work of the state agency for civic education in Rhineland-Palatinate begins with observing, analyzing and describing this kind of politics and developing educational formats that explain connections.
Democracy is our passion
Where people live together, political conventions and rules evolve. Those are also kept in a historical and a cultural context. Democracy is the best way for people to participate. In our dynamic societies it is important that the rules are constantly put to the test and altered.
Since the establishment of the Federal Republic of Germany and of the federal states our parliamentary democracy has been proved to be successful. The separation of powers and constitutionality, respect for human dignity and the principle of democracy are important pillars of our liberal-democratic constitution.
The democratic state offers the highest degree of certainty for the observance of human rights, the protection of individuals, a reliable constitutional state and a peaceful development.
Politics gets interesting with the state agency for civic education
The objective of the state agency for civic education is to arouse interest for political processes and to intensify it. We provide an opportunity to better understand politics, opinions, rules and their origin as well as the history with information, analyses and discussions. Hereby it should be possible to articulate own interests regarding the democratic participation.
On the contrary the state agency for civic education has the task to take up questions from the society and science and to pass them to politics. In this context, it is also important to have an eye on different stakeholders and to work closely with other institutions for civic education.
Inform, motivate and qualify
Seminars, lectures, discussions, workshops, publications, exhibitions, film screenings represent a large proportion of the work we do to inform and encourage citizens to participate. Furthermore we organize competitions and award prizes like for example the pupils and youth competition and the “Gerty Spies Prize”. Apart from this the major tasks are the creation and coordination of a network of civic education and the support of a pluralist educational offer.
The range of books and further information material, the production of own studies and our public library are essential parts of our work. We are also on the spot through the homepage of the state agency for civic education and in social media. Here you can find more information about many topics and the current events.
We have to set priorities in order to work effectively. In doing so, the state agency for civic education concentrates on the following topics:
Regional and cultural studies in Rhineland-Palatinate / Anti-discrimination and cultural diversity / Parliamentary democracy / Political history / Germany’s political system / International politics/ Policy of peace and security / Europe / Development cooperation / Economy and ecology / School without racism – school with courage / Israel – Near East / Gender justice / Culture / The media.
Beyond that it is self-evident for us to pay attention to the current developments in society.
Memorial places show Nazi terror
In the memorial places concentration camp Osthofen and the SS special camp/ concentration camp Hinzert the state agency for civic education presents permanent exhibitions. There you can find the documentary of the terror of Nazi dictatorship in the field of Rhineland-Palatinate from 1933 to 1945. The NS-Documentation center Rhineland-Palatinate in Osthofen provides the opportunity for research regarding the Nazi era. There are also special group offerings for school classes during a visit at memorial places.
Rhineland-Palatinate: Land of democracy and history
The history of Rhineland-Palatinate is closely linked to the history of democracy. There are places and buildings in Rhineland-Palatinate that remind of important stages on the historic road towards parliamentary democracy, above all the Hambach Castle.
The idea of a modern state was borne to the region by the romans, together with the most important achievements of the civilization. The Republic of Mainz (1792/93) was the first elected democratic parliament on German ground that met in Mainz in 1793. It was at the Hambacher Festival in 1832, that participants demanded freedom and unity.
The liberation movements in Europe served as a model. The revolution from 1848/49 and the Frankfurt Parliament with representatives from the region were further important steps on the way to democracy.
During the time of Nazi dictatorship in Germany there were also personalities from the region who were against the dictatorship and vouched for democracy. The Constitution for Rhineland-Palatinate was adopted in a referendum in 18 May 1947.
Books, Books, Books
In the library, there are over 17 000 volumes about politics, society and civic education as well as a number of magazines available to lend. These can also be found in an online catalog that can be accessed via homepage.
In addition, in the room on the 3rd floor, where you can find all sorts of writings, there are some publications like the leading magazines “Informationen zur politischen Bildung” (“information for civic education”) or our “Blätter zum Land” (“Papers about the Land”; booklets with information about the federal state Rhineland-Palatinate), which can be taken directly and at no charge. The range of literature includes more than 400 affordable titles.
Structure of the state agency for civic education
The state agency for civic education Rhineland-Palatinate stands for a non-partisan political education. In this way civic education may take a critical stand and take full effect.
The agency is accompanied from a board of trustees that consists of 16 members. There are eight of them that are proposed from the Landtag for one legislative period. The other people are appointed from the public life and the science from the ministry of Science, Education and Culture. The board of trustees takes notes of the budget, determines medium- and long-term objectives and examines the annual report.
The board of trustees meets three times a year. Thereof, a meeting with the committee Landesarbeitsausschuss (LAA) is implemented, which has advisory and coordinating functions and is staffed with persons of the division of the Communicating Policy.
From the organizational point of view the state agency for civic education is associated with the ministry of Science, Education and Culture.
Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Rheinland-Pfalz
Am Kronberger Hof 6 ● D-55116 Mainz
Fon: +49 (0) 61 31 - 16 29 70 ● Fax: +49 (0) 61 31 - 16 29 80
Gedenkstätte KZ Osthofen, NS-Dokumentationszentrum Rheinland-Pfalz
Ziegelhüttenweg 38 ● D-67574 Osthofen
Fon: +49 (0) 62 42 – 91 08 10
Gedenkstätte SS-Sonderlager / KZ Hinzert
An der Gedenkstätte ● D-54421 Hinzert-Pölert
Fon: +49 (0)65 86 – 99 24 93
Die Landeszentrale für politische Bildung im Medienladen Koblenz
Markenbildchenweg 38 (station square) ● D-56068 Koblenz
Fon: +49 (0) 26 1 – 1 33 70 63, Email: email@example.com
Eine Information über die Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Rheinland-Pfalz in Englisch.
Mit einem herzlichen Dank an Frau Jani Djamba Ongenda für die Übersetzung!