Community Education – the Open Learning Village

Community education supports the learning in, with and for the community. It counts on self-reliance, mobilizes the power of communities and focuses them on sustainable development, on the solution of social, cultural, technological, economic and ecological problems. Broad social groups and age groups can be represented and involved. Community education works in an integrating manner. The key problems and situations of the people in the community are the starting point of the learning process. Community education is never just education, but always organization and action as well.

A particular goal of School for Life is to explore how the school can itself become an open learning community, developing the following characteristics (like other Community Schools):

Community education supports the learning in, with and for the community.

Integrating school and community education. They offer additional projects and activities for certain age groups or mixed age groups.

Making their resources available to their new clientele – Community Schools are used multifunctionally: as a school, recreation facility, advice bureau, and base for self-help and entrepreneurship.

They are networked within the region, develop satellites, and work together with public facilities, companies, and groups of all kinds.

They increasingly react to incidents, problems, and topics arising from the social environment, and develop a local profile on issues.

They work against various forms of segregation of old and young, natives and foreigners, handicapped and non-handicapped, between school insiders and outsiders.

Aside from teachers, adult educators and pedagogues, people from the neighborhood with special knowledge and skills also work at the school.

The School for Life is by nature an open learning community, consisting of an ensemble of different learning venues.