Federal Agency for Civic Education

The Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb) is a federal public authority providing citizenship education and information on political issues for all people in Germany. Here you can find some information about the bpb in English.

Here you can find some of our upcoming events.

Strengthening Democracy - Fostering a Civil Society

The German Federal Agency for Civic Education - the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung or the ”bpb” as it is referred to in short - is a federal public authority providing citizenship education and information on political issues to all people in Germany. “Citizenship education” in this connection broadly means educating and encouraging citizens to actively participate in society and in the democratic process. The bpb’s work focuses on fostering an awareness of what democracy is and on furthering participation in politics and social life. Weiter...


How we work: Key Activities

One of the bpb’s key activities is the provision of information on the major issues of our times. Large amounts of information are made available on our website and in a wide variety of print publications. The range of topics includes European integration, participation in politics and in society, issues relating to the economy and the financial markets, migration, and social change, as well as historical issues and democracy in general. Another one of our key activities is the ongoing creation of new projects and the development of new methods to meet the special informational and educational needs of people with different learning abilities and people from different age groups and different walks of life. Weiter...

The bpb at a glance: A short film

"The German Federal Agency for Civic Education is something very special. It’s a government agency that provides citizens in Germany with information about all areas of politics - explained in simple terms and without being tainted by party politics.” Watch the whole film (7 minutes). Weiter...


Organization Chart

This chart presents an overview of the bpb's organizational structure and special departments. Our staff at the bpb service line - +49 228 99515-200 - or at kommunikation@bpb.de will be glad to help you find the person you need to contact (pdf chart). Weiter...

Kurz vor seinem Ausscheiden als Direktor der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung erhält Dr. Paul Franken (m.) im Dezember 1968 das Bundesverdienstkreuz. Sein Nachfolger Dr. Hans Stercken (l.) und der damalige Bundesinnenminister Ernst Benda (r.) gratulieren.

History of the bpb

On November 25, 1952 the Federal Agency for Homeland Services (renamed the Federal Agency for Civic Education in 1963) was established in order to educate the German people about democratic principles and prevent any moves to re-establish a totalitarian regime. Weiter...


Selected Projects in Citizenship Education

We believe in citizenship education as the basis for participation and for a European public in general. Citizenship education facilitates public dialogue and equips people with the knowledge and know-how for participation. Therefore the bpb has unfolded activities to provide information on European issues, foster dialogue on citizenship education issues and mutual understanding on an international level. Weiter...


Selected Media at bpb

The bpb disseminates information via a wide variety of media: in printed publications such as books, book-series, and magazines, on DVDs, and in dossiers on various topics of citizenship education. This website provides an overview of the English media currently available from the bpb. Weiter...

Upcoming events

NECE Konferenz 2015 Teaser


NECE Conference 2015: "'Us' and 'Them': Citizenship Education in an Interdependent World"
22.10-24.10.2015 Thessaloniki, Greece

While last year's NECE Conference in Vienna focused on conflicts in and around Europe, this year’s conference is based on the assumption that religious, ethnic and cultural perceptions of oneself and of others are playing an increasingly important role in political crises and upheavals. Weiter...

Eine Schul-Landkarte der früheren Sowjetunion liegt im Laub auf dem Vorplatz eines ehemaligen Gymnasiums in Templin.



Conference & Workshop

Mapping Memories of Post-1989 Europe
29.11.-03.12.2015 Vienna, Austria

The international conference and subsequent workshop seek to locate post-communist cultures of remembrance and investigate their place in the production and the reception of historical narratives of Europe. Weiter...

bpb ImagefilmMedia Library

The bpb at a glance

The German Federal Agency for Civic Education is something very special: It’s a government agency that provides Citizens in Germany with information about all areas of politics - explained in simple terms and without being tainted by party politics. Weiter... 


The euro|topics press review presents debates and topics that matter to citizens across Europe. Euro|topics reflects the great variety of opinions, ideas and emotions on those issues. Whether politics, the economy, society or culture–euro|topics takes a daily look at roughly 300 European media and shares the most important voices in three languages. Weiter... 


"Hipharpigland" is a children’s Internet site with a political theme. The name refers to the land of hippos, hares and pigs. The Hipharpiglanders, you see, are all trying to run a democracy together. There is already a government with Chancellor Barbara Broadfoot, Foreign Minister Earnest and Interior Minister Harold. But actually there is not much else that works. So join the fun. A new chapter of the comic is published every month! Weiter...