Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg: Our Mission

  • About usOur Mission

    Our aim is to strengthen and to empower people for becoming active citizens.

  • About usOur Mission

    Our aim is to strengthen and to empower people for becoming active citizens.

Our Mission

We think that every person has the potential to act as a citizen and advocate for his or her needs. Therefore, we create ways to strengthen and empower people in order for them to participate actively in the development of the societies they live in.

What does the Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg want to achieve?

We empower people for taking responsibility and working for the common good, and for taking part in decision-making processes involving the use of social resources and by initiating social change.

Which values is the Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg committed to?

We believe in respect for individual lifestyles and acceptance of personal self-determination. In our daily work we are committed to the principles of democratic action and equality, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, status, or physical or mental states. These values are grounded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Kolleg regards its mission as a defense against violence, racism, extremism, xeno­phobia, discrimination, and intolerance as stated in the Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education.

What are the Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg’s responsibilities?

We support people who want to develop and act according to the aforementioned values. The Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg conveys the necessary skills that enable these people to initiate and participate in social development and civil society shaping processes. We share our knowledge and make our methodologies and experience available to others.

How does the Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg achieve these tasks?

We work in partnership with local and international organizations and groups of individuals. Through this cooperation, we create shared skill-building programs. These programs focus on the development of critical thinking, the assumption of social responsibility and the reflection on one’s own actions. We provide space for the free exchange of ideas and support by counseling and providing start-up funding for grassroots initiatives.

The Kolleg empowers professionals in facilitating these processes. Our inter­national trainings and network aim to disseminate the concept of non-formal education in the focus regions, as well as to raise the quality and sustainability of active citizen­ship education.

Djamila Tovbaeva

"Involvement means, bringing a crazy idea into life"

Djamila took part in 2010.

Vivid civil society or NGO-cracy?What makes the difference:

We support concrete individuals in starting civil initiatives: Read on

Implementing Partners

The Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg's imple- menting partners are the German association MitOst and the Robert Bosch Stiftung. Read on