Bildungsagenten is an initiative that was set up by the association ‘Ideen3’. It involves around 100 young people who completed a year of voluntary work in a developing country after their own schooling finished. These individuals then speak at other schools to pass on their knowledge and experience, and also make online materials available for school pupils. As they learned so much during their voluntary year about other cultures and witnessed the global challenges facing our time, the young people mainly focus on issues such as globalisation, environmental protection, development policy, international trade, and human rights and nutrition. The organisation also emphasises the importance of a positive approach towards lifelong, self-directed learning. All of the educational opportunities it offers are based on the importance of developing a balance between the head (knowledge), heart (experience) and hand (action).
The organisation’s online platform divides five main topics into a large number of cases and offers a highly diverse set of materials for workshops. This means that the materials can be adapted to very different learning levels. The young people accept invitations from schools, which means that school pupils can learn directly from them, but schools can also simply use the methods and materials provided online as part of their own projects.