Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The Agency for Adult and Further Education (Agentur für Erwachsenen- und Weiterbildung)
is an organisationally autonomous institution established on the basis of the
Lower Saxon Adult Education Act (Niedersächsisches Erwachsenenbildungsgesetz).
It is provided for by the Lower Saxon League for Liberal Adult Education and operates
in a field where politics, public administration, research and practical pedagogical work
overlap.

Our Values and Goals

We are obligated to the democratic and humanist values of the Enlightenment and we
are guided by an emancipatory understanding of education. It is a significant horizontal
goal of our educational work to promote equal opportunities and social inclusion.
As a service provider for publicly funded Lower Saxon adult education we promote Lifelong
Learning and increase the plurality, performance and visibility of the educational
sector.

Our Fields of Activity

We fulfil public duties that are assigned to us by the Lower Saxon Ministry of Science
and Culture:

We account for examination and acknowledgement procedures in Lower Saxon
adult and further education. This includes public funding granted by the Federal
State of Lower Saxony, acknowledgement of courses for which educational or
special leave may be granted and VAT exemption for vocational education measures.

We provide services for and give impetus to the recognised institutions of Lower Saxon
adult education in the fields of training, innovation, networking, counselling and public
relations:

Events, model projects, tools and publications count among the pivotal instruments
of our educational work.

Our Operating Principles

We work independently and in a service-oriented way. In doing so, qualified staff from
different fields is our most important resource.

For us, a successful service is correct, transparent and comprehensible, it is provided in
an appropriate time frame and according to economic standards and it matches our
tasks, values and goals.

For us, learning is successful when knowledge or competences are acquired and/or increased,
when informal exchange and counselling are enabled and when participants
can actively shape their learning processes.