Thank you Germany: Part 070: Only a few countries offer such a strong adult education programme

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Specialist: Sanjay Sauldie

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There are probably few other countries that do so much for the lifelong learning of their population. Germany offers its population many opportunities throughout their lives to educate themselves and learn new skills. Adult education centres play an important part in this. But there is also a whole range of courses, workshops and educational seminars offered by universities and private educational organisations. If you have a specific interest, you can select a suitable programme and continue your education.

Many of these programmes conclude with a certificate. In this case, there is transparent documentation of the qualifications acquired. Such documentation can be used on the labour market when applying for jobs. Some certificates also give participants the opportunity to work as trainers or counsellors themselves. Adult education centres offer suitable training courses for a wide range of interests. Many people learn a new language through adult education courses or language labs, for example. Language skills are learnt together in a group. Participants can also practise the language in the courses. On the one hand, they learn much more quickly and can therefore gain more sustainable qualifications. Secondly, each course is run by a professional instructor.

This ensures that the participants memorise the knowledge. In the case of a language course, the well-trained instructor ensures that the participants get used to correct pronunciation, for example, and also familiarise themselves with the grammatical basics of the language. In this way, the educational programmes can ensure a secure command of a completely new language. Many courses also offer an advanced course. In this way, participants can gradually acquire higher and higher levels of a language. However, Germany offers its residents not only language courses but also many other educational programmes. From qualification as a beekeeper to professional work with photos, from safe computer use to chess courses, there are many different educational programmes in Germany. Some of these educational programmes are even designed specifically for a particular target group. For example, there are courses in which senior citizens learn how to use a smartphone or computer confidently and without fear. But there are also programming courses or technical education programmes specifically for women in some cities.

From the wide range of further training courses on offer, you can also choose the format that best suits your own time allocation. This prevents participants from not being able to properly prepare for or follow up on the courses. Good preparation and follow-up ensures that the learning effect of the courses is particularly high. With the wide range of different course formats on offer, the course can be selected very specifically. As a result, Germany also offers people with a full working week the opportunity for further training. If you are particularly serious, you can even start your own distance learning programme in a specific subject. For the most part, there are no admission requirements in Germany. This means that people with any educational qualification and even those without a school-leaving certificate can continue their education in Germany effectively and sustainably.

The respective qualification is well recognised on the labour market. Perhaps this is why many people in Germany take advantage of the opportunity for further training.

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Sanjay Sauldie, born in India, grew up in Germany, studied mathematics and computer science at the University of Cologne, did his Master of Sciences (M.Sc.) at the University of Salford (Manchester, UK) on digital disruption and digital transformation (2017) and was trained at EMERITUS (Singapore) in the MIT method of design thinking (2018). He is Director of the European Internet Marketing Institute EIMIA. Awarded the Internet Oscar "Golden Web Award" by the International World Association of Webmasters in Los Angeles/USA and twice the "Innovation Award of the Initiative Mittelstand", he is one of the most sought-after European experts on the topics of digitalisation in companies and society. In his lectures and seminars, he ignites a firework of impulses from practice for practice. He manages to make the complex world of digitalisation understandable for everyone in simple terms. Sanjay Sauldie captivates his audience with his vivid language and encourages them to put his valuable tips into practice immediately - a real asset to any event!
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