With the “Rita-Süssmuth-Award”, DVV International, the Institute for International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association, honours German Adult Education Centres (Volkshochschulen) that
- help shape their local society in a forward-looking way with internationally oriented strategies, concepts and ideas, and/or
- integrate international and intercultural references into their programme offerings and organisational culture, and/or
- promote the exchange of knowledge between adult education institutions within the framework of international partnerships, professional excursions, consulting assignments and other activities worldwide.
In order to address contemporary issues and to take into account the diverse offerings of German Adult Education Centres, DVV International has updated the award motto. In 2022, the “Rita-Süssmuth-Award” will be presented within the framework of the Urban X-Change Network funded by the Federal Foreign Office (AA) under the motto “International Partnerships and Networks”. The award ceremony will take place in the framework of the German Adult Education Conference in Leipzig on 20 June 2022.