The main task of the Academy is to promote and implement an emancipatory political education geared towards participation, which, in the spirit of democratic socialism, deals with critical social conflicts. This not only entails a range of methods and the monitoring of educational processes – which undergo continuous reflection, particularly in groups – but also involves the task of consciously creating and designing a dedicated educational space. We aim to empower those participating in our educational programmes to engage in political action by enabling the acquisition of knowledge.
The Academy offers different courses and training, as well as consulting services. It designs and organises conferences, workshops, series of events and weekend seminars. It creates educational materials and produces publications. It engages, within and outside the Foundation, in a wide range of networks and projects. Politically committed art is also understood to be an integral part of the type of political education that it promotes.
The Academy's fields of activity and tasks include:
- Politics – communication – management and providing the basics of adult education. The Academy participates in theoretical debates on emancipatory political education, in particular via the “Political Education discussion group”.
- Basic workshops and seminars organized by the Kommunalakademie (Municipal Academy), which also publishes the “Crashkurs Kommune” series addressing issues of local politics, such as participatory budget policy, privatisation, remunicipalization, and urban policy in metropolitan regions.
- Youth education. The Jugendbildungswerk (Centre for Youth Education) organizes nationwide events, supported by the Academy and on the basis of promoting projects and organizations connected to the Foundation's network. It works with a view to criticizing societal conditions, discovering alternatives, strengthening resistance, and creating free spaces.
The areas of social conflict that are dealt with by the Academy include:
- Social inequalities and the dimensions of economic and ecological crises, sustainability and regional development, the confrontation with neo-Nazism and ideologies of inequality. Gender inequality and migration – as causes of inequalities in society, politics and everyday life – are interdisciplinary issues. We offer a space to discuss gender equality in areas such as economics and (new) work, the public and private spheres, distribution and participation, and the acceptance of different lifestyles (body and sexuality). We take part in discussions concerning left-wing feminist values. Issues of contemporary history, for example, are tackled with the help of contemporary witnesses and biographical studies. We discuss the processes and consequences of globalized production and reproduction, new international developments and social movements, and participate in social fora at a national, European and international level. In this connection, “educational elements on Europe” were developed in cooperation with our Brussels office. Educational opportunities dealing with the life and work of the Foundation's eponym are also among the central tasks of the Academy.
The equal participation in society of black people, migrants and people of colour of both sexes is one of our guiding principles.
The basic courses offered by the Academy include:
- “Basics of political education”,
- “Capital” reading groups and the annual Marx autumn school,
- Training course in “Politics, Communication, Management”,
- Education against right-wing extremism.
The work of the Academy on political education is supported and complemented by the discussion groups of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung on the topics of “right-wing extremism”, “women and politics”, “sustainability and regional development”, “history for the future”, “political education and migration” and “rural areas”.