Global challenges do not stop at national borders and can only be solved through joint, transnational cooperation – both at the political and societal level. The Urban X-Change Network offers nine German Adult Education Centres (Volkshochschule) and their counterparts in Great Britain, Ukraine and the USA the opportunity to carry out cross-border cultural and educational activities in close cooperation with their respective city administration and local civil society. The thematic framework is set by the 2030 Agenda.
The nine-year project 2019-2027 focuses on the professionalization of providers of adult education and learning (ALE). The organizational development and the qualification of specialists (managers, teachers) should enable ALE centers in both project countries to reach broad target groups with relevant educational offers and to empower them to improve their personal situation and to participate in economic, social and political life more actively.
With the financial support of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), DVV International in Ukraine supports partner Adult Learning and Education Centers in the development and implementation of needs-oriented education programmes aimed at enhancing people's economic, social responsibility, and life skills, which, finally, should influence functional literacy, unemployment, poverty reduction and improving the quality of life in local communities.
The aggressive politics of memory (Geschichtspolitik) and the dominance of patriotic narratives of national histories in schools do not at all contribute to the development of critical thinking among young people, and also encourage the formation of harmful stereotypes and prejudices. Given this, independent and professional historians-led work of young people with historical sources is critical.