State Center for Political Education Baden-Württemberg

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State center for political education

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State level Baden-Württemberg
position State headquarters
legal form Institute of public right
Supervisory authority State Parliament of Baden-Württemberg and Board of Trustees
founding 1972 (1950)
Headquarters Stuttgart
Authority management Lothar Frick , Sibylle Thelen
Servants 98
Web presence

The State Center for Political Education Baden-Württemberg ( LpB ) is the central, non-partisan state institution for political education in Baden-Württemberg . The LpB Baden-Württemberg addresses all citizens of the state of Baden-Württemberg. Because of their mediating role, multipliers such as teachers at schools and universities are particularly addressed. Another important target group are learners in schools and universities.


The LpB Baden-Württemberg was founded by government announcement on January 25, 1972. Until 2013 she worked in the business area of ​​the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg . Since May 1, 2013, it has been part of the Baden-Württemberg state parliament . It is the successor organization to the working group “Der Bürger im Staat e. V. ”, which was founded on December 21, 1950. The title of the LpB quarterly magazine “Der Bürger im Staat” is a reminder of this association.


The LpB Baden-Württemberg is an institution under public law with no legal capacity in the business area of ​​the state parliament of Baden-Württemberg . It is headquartered in Stuttgart and is divided into four departments:

  1. Central service
  2. House on the Alb based in Bad Urach
  3. Democratic engagement
  4. Media and methods , divided into media and regional work

The regional head office maintains branch offices in Freiburg im Breisgau and Heidelberg for regional work . The LpB conference center "Haus auf der Alb" is located in Bad Urach on the northern edge of the Swabian Alb.

The impartiality of the LpB Baden-Württemberg is ensured by a board of trustees. It consists of 17 members of the state parliament and seven other expert personalities. The basic document for the principles of political education on behalf of the state is the Beutelsbach consensus formulated in 1976 by Hans-Georg Wehling at a didactic conference of the LpB Baden-Württemberg :

  1. Ban on overpowering : It is not allowed to take the student (...) by surprise in the sense of desired opinions and thus prevent them from "gaining an independent judgment" ( ban on indoctrination ).
  2. What is controversial in science and politics must also appear controversial in class.
  3. The pupil must be put in a position to analyze a political situation and his own interests as well as to look for ways and means to influence the existing political situation in the interests of his interests.

Like the other state centers for political education , the LpB Baden-Württemberg is independent and not organizationally subordinate to the federal center for political education (bpb). It maintains its own profile, with which it supplements the offer of the federal center in a country-specific manner.

Since January 2020, the LpB Baden-Württemberg has been led by a dual leadership. The new co-director alongside Lothar Frick was the previous head of the Democratic Commitment department and the memorial work department, Sibylle Thelen.

Authority management

Areas of activity

The LpB Baden-Württemberg essentially fulfills its tasks with events, publications and an Internet offering. Almost every year there is a special focus:

  • 2008: Climate
  • 2009: Local and European elections
  • 2010: no focus
  • 2011: State election
  • 2012: 60 years of Baden-Württemberg
  • 2013: public participation
  • 2014: Local and European elections
  • 2015: no focus
  • 2016: State election

Every year 700 to 800 events are held alone and together with other institutions. Which includes:

  • Seminars and workshops
  • Action days and political days for school classes
  • Excursions and educational trips
  • Meetings, congresses and symposia
  • Lectures and exhibitions
  • Actions and competitions

If the events are not open to everyone, they are aimed at members of certain target groups such as school classes, youth groups, teachers.

The publication area includes classic print products (books, magazines, brochures), offline media (CD, CD-ROM, DVD) and internet offers. The print formats include the magazines “Der Bürger im Staat”, “Politik & Studium”, “Deutschland & Europa” and the book series “Schriften zur Politische Landeskunde Baden-Württemberg” and “Didaktische Reihe”. In addition, there are pedagogical handouts in the three rows of building blocks, materials and simulation games , as well as learning media, games and puzzles.

The LpB Baden-Württemberg also oversees the student competition of the state parliament of Baden-Württemberg to promote political education, the voluntary ecological year (FÖJ) and memorial work.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Announcement ... on the establishment of a state center for political education
  2. ^ Journal of Citizens in the State
  3. Explanation of the Beutelsbach Consensus
  4. Hans-Georg Wehling in: Siegfried Schiele / Herbert Schneider (Eds.): The problem of consensus in political education , Stuttgart 1977, p. 179.
  5. .

Coordinates: 48 ° 46 ′ 18.9 "  N , 9 ° 11 ′ 23.8"  E