DVV International

Dvv International is the Institute for International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association of the German Adult Education Association (Deutscher Volkshochschul-Verband e.V.,DVV) which is the federal umbrella association for the 16 regional associations of the Germany’s community adult education centres (Volkshochschulen, VHS).

Dvv International is the Institute for International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association of the German Adult Education Association (Deutscher Volkshochschul-Verband e.V.,DVV) which is the federal umbrella association for the 16 regional associations of the Germany’s community adult education centres (Volkshochschulen, VHS).

The domestic and international work of dvv international is guided by a commitment to human rights and the Institute’s principles on the promotion of women and gender equality. Its work is shaped by clear identification with the interests of the poorer social classes in the Institute’s partner countries as with the focus on youth and adults.

Dvv International is active on a worldwide basis, cooperating with more than 200 partners in 40 countries. The Institute sees itself as a professional partner that brings experience and resources to joint projects and learns, in turn, from its partners. The work of dvv International is financed with funds from the federal budget (e.g. the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the German Foreign Office) and other donors (EU).

The dvv international Southern African office is based in Cape Town, South Africa and has been in existence since 1998. It is from this office that the regional work is coordinated in Angola, Mozambique, Madagascar, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Through a process of partnering and cooperating with local adult education role players including Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s), Community-Based organizations, universities, State and Para-statal structures the Institute is able to support organizations and networks that work for the development of adult education in the Southern African region.

Dvv international Southern Africa recognizes the existence of various approaches to adult education that responds to the learning needs of youth and adults. The socio-economic conditions vary vastly in countries of Southern Africa and require diverse and different approaches to adult education provision. Some countries focus overwhelmingly on formal qualifications and skills training that respond to needs of the market place.

Whilst this is relevant for people who seek employment in the formal economy, however broader development needs require non-formal and out-of-school education programmes to be promoted and offered. These programmes help to enable youth and adults who might be located in more rural contexts or not be able to or interested in working in the formal economy, with alternative learning opportunities.

Contacts

  • 1 Hood Avenue/148 Jan Smuts; Rosebank, GP 2196; South Africa
  • T. +27 (0)11 587 5000
  • F. +27 (0)11 587 5099