Podcast

„From Beirut to Baghdad ─ Konrad’s Journey through the Middle East“

Interview with UNHCR’s spokesperson Andreas Kirchhof on the Covid-19 situation in the refugee camps across the Middle East
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THE EUROPEAN UNION IN YOUR CAMERA - SHORT FILM COMPETITION

We, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Turkey Office, in cooperation with the Turkish-German Association for Solidarity and Integration (TANDEM) are organizing a short film competit...
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Omoro District Kabake Town Hall Dialogue

Dependency Syndrome Stifling Development Interventions in Northern Uganda

Despite multiple post-conflict reconstruction projects, most people in Northern Uganda still remain trapped in a poverty cycle. We found out why during a Kabake Dialogue
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III. Bosphorus Forum: Succession Planning and the Future of Vocational Education

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Turkey (KAS) organized together with the German-Turkish Chamber of Commerce (AHK) and the Bahçeşehir University (BAU) the Bosphorus Forum on October 30,...
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2nd Workshop for Young Diplomats on “THE ROLE OF ECONOMIC DIPLOMACY TODAY” 23rd – 25th October 2019, ...

The 2nd Workshop for Young Diplomats themed on “The Role of Economic Diplomacy Today” took place from 23rd-25th October 2019 at the Intercontinental Istanbul Hotel. This was the 51s...
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Welcome

Civic education was indispensable in building a liberal democracy in the Federal Republic after 1945 and in reunited Germany after 1989. While there was an immediate link to the experience of totalitarian rule in the early days, civic education today is confronted by new challenges: Freedom and peace are taken for granted, and people fortunately have no experience of life without them.

At the same time, public approval of the foundations of our political and economic order is dwindling, the established political parties are losing their attraction, and political extremism is on the rise. This being so, it is all the more important – and all the more difficult – to get the message across that our democratic order cannot work without civic involvement. 'Democracies need democrats' – this is the perennial precept of civic education.

Addressing the destruction of the Weimar Republic by the combined efforts of extremists from the Right and Left as well as analyzing the crimes of National Socialism and the experience of communist dictatorship in the GDR will always remain core elements in civic education and its efforts to promote liberal democracy.

Rather than take the foundations of our democratic order for granted, civic education must promote them again and again. Endorsing this point, the 2013 agreement between the coalition partners CDU, CSU, and SPD states: ”Nevertheless, each generation needs civic education and governmental support for the active involvement of people in societal life. We will strengthen civic education for this reason”.

It is a valid concept that civic education at school should be supplemented by extramural offers, and that the state, implementing the principle of subsidiarity, should rely on a plurality of programs offered by private providers.

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung forms an important part of the vivacious and plural scene of agencies providing civic education in Germany.

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung considers civic education a vital part of its core business. This holds true both at home and abroad, with the proviso that we need to strengthen and improve transnational and international networking in this field.

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung aims to empower citizens to promote our liberal democracy and to assume an active role in politics and society. Towards this end, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung provides background knowledge in politics and economics and promotes the emergence of active citizens in our democracy. But civic education is more than teaching knowledge about formal institutions and procedures or providing a forum for current debates: It also instills the values underlying our democratic order.

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung shares this general mission to support democracy with many other providers of civic education. However, the important difference is the 'Christian Democratic basis' of its work as its statutes put it.

For this reason, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung addresses questions not only about how, but also about what and why things are happening in democracy and politics. More than just distributing facts, it communicates the conditions and objectives of political action based on fundamental values. Acting on the basis of Christian Democratic core values, it distinguishes itself from other providers.

In Germany, 19 civic education offices offer a wide range of conferences, seminars, and workshops which are attended by more than 120,000 citizens every year.

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Events

Aug

2020

#WirsindMeer - Gestalte deine Umwelt
Klimawandel, Umweltschutz und Nachhaltigkeit gehen uns alle an! Deswegen planen wir für 18- bis 24-Jährige ein PolitCamp, das sie selbst gestalten können.

Aug

2020

#WirsindMeer - Gestalte deine Umwelt
Klimawandel, Umweltschutz und Nachhaltigkeit gehen uns alle an! Deswegen planen wir für 18- bis 24-Jährige ein PolitCamp, das sie selbst gestalten können.
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Jun

2020

Verhandlungsführung - Die Kunst erfolgreicher Einigung
Ob im Job, in der Politik, im Ehrenamt oder im Privatleben – Verhandlungen sind ein wichtiger Bestandteil unseres Alltags. Doch trotz der hohen Relevanz und der Häufigkeit, mit der ...

Jun

2020

Verhandlungsführung - Die Kunst erfolgreicher Einigung
Ob im Job, in der Politik, im Ehrenamt oder im Privatleben – Verhandlungen sind ein wichtiger Bestandteil unseres Alltags. Doch trotz der hohen Relevanz und der Häufigkeit, mit der ...
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Jun

2020

Wie schreibe ich ein Facebook-Posting
Politikersprech ist ein Nogo. Hinzu kommt außerdem: Facebook ist nicht der Kanal auf dem die Texte gecopypasted von der Webseite oder aus der Pressemitteilung funktionieren. Wie fo...

Jun

2020

Wie schreibe ich ein Facebook-Posting
Politikersprech ist ein Nogo. Hinzu kommt außerdem: Facebook ist nicht der Kanal auf dem die Texte gecopypasted von der Webseite oder aus der Pressemitteilung funktionieren. Wie fo...
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Holocaust-Gedenktag 27. Januar

DenkTag 2020 gegen Antisemitismus, Rechtsextremismus, Fremdenfeindlichkeit

Rund um den Jahrestag der Befreiung des NS-Vernichtungslagers Auschwitz führen wir Zeitzeugengespräche und Vortragsveranstaltungen, Lesungen und Ausstellungen durch.
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