Ruhr

The RCE-Ruhr is operating in the Ruhr area, located in the West of Germany close to the Dutch border, over a time of two centuries wellknown as the industrial heart of Germany. The Ruhr with its more than 5 million residents is the largest urban agglomeration in Germany and the fifth largest urban area in Europe after Istanbul, Moscow, London and Paris. The region is a melting pot of different cultures – immigrants from over 140 nations have been settling in the area in times of coal, iron and steel production as well as in more recent times.

The change of the Ruhr region is to be understood as a heterogeneous change- and adjustment process that helps reshape the people of the region and future prospects. In this context sustainability assumes that people take place in the development and design of the transformation process and that social action and economic thinking are complementary. Thereby active citizenship as well as civil social engagement are just as important as the willingness of the involved parties to refocus and rethink the world anew.

The RCE-Ruhr is based on a civil society-oriented bottom-up approach, making it currently the only one of its kind. It creates a network of existing formal, non-formal and informal education for sustainable development to be sustained and carried into the heart of civil society.

The RCE-Ruhr aims to create a structure that brings together stakeholders from the fields of education, culture and arts, global education, economic, social, natural and environmental, urban and regional development and research. It will strengthen the public consciousness for the contents of  education for sustainable development and global learning in terms of environmental protection, social justice and quality of life.

Current activities:

  • identification of relevant actors, partners and sub-networks through existing organizational structures and data pools
  • training of dialoguers who can convey and represent creative competence
  • active networking of the actors through an institutionalized promoter program
  • inclusion of affine theme areas and accordingly of active projects from political education and global learning such as fair trade, eco-social procurement and responsible consumption, alternative agriculture, food security, regional cultivation, regional economic cycles, climate change, climate change adaptation, renewable energy
  • informal training models
  • extracurricular learning facilities and specialist centers
  • identification and appreciation of informal educational opportunities and impulses, cooperation with kindergartens, schools, vocational schools, universities and vocational training institutions
  • development of socially responsible businesses
  • participation in other UN Decades for the implementation of the UN Development Goals such as the current UN Decade on Biodiversity

For more information visit www.rce-ruhr.org
or contact:

Vera Dwors
project manager
e-mail: vera.dwors@rce-ruhr.org