The nationwide competence network is funded by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) via the federal programme "Demokratie leben!" (Live democracy!). The official title in the federal programme is: "Competence Network - School and Out-of-School Education for Young People".
The competence network consists of four partners which have a total of more than 100 established counselling and coordination centres at state and municipal level throughout Germany. The network thus has firmly established working relationships with over 4,000 schools, which are attended by 20 percent of pupils in Germany, and with 500 extracurricular youth education institutions in urban centres and rural areas.
The main objective is to pool competences in order to strengthen democratic culture and structures as well as participatory approaches in school and out-of-school education for young people and to create meaningful synergies in this area.
The project includes many activities, such as networking and knowledge transfers, publication of modules, thematic booklets, and manuals for political education, further training and counselling offers for teachers, educators and employees in schools and educational institutions, workshops and further training on various topics such as identity, interculturality, and human rights.