Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a German federal enterprise and offers workable, sustainable and effective solutions in political, economic and social change processes.
Most of our work is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). However, GIZ also operates on behalf of other German ministries and public and private bodies in Germany and abroad. These include governments of other countries, European Union institutions, such as the European Commission, the United Nations and the World Bank. We are equally committed to helping our clients in the private sector attain their goals.
We offer demand-driven, tailor-made and effective services for sustainable development. To ensure the participation of all stakeholders, we apply a holistic approach based on the values and principles upheld in German society. This is how we facilitate change and empower people to take ownership of their own sustainable development processes. In doing this, we are always guided by the concept of sustainable development, and take account of political, economic, social and ecological factors. We support our partners at local, regional, national and international level in designing strategies and meeting their policy goals.
GIZ operates in many fields: economic development and employment promotion; governance and democracy; security, reconstruction, peacebuilding and civil conflict transformation; food security, health and basic education; and environmental protection, resource conservation and climate change mitigation. In crises, we carry out refugee and emergency aid programmes.
We also promote networking and dialogue among actors in international cooperation. Capacity development for partner-country experts is a major component of our services, and we offer our programme participants diverse opportunities to benefit from the contacts they have made.
Key facts about us:
GIZ employs more than 17,000 staff in more than 130 countries and maintains its own offices in 67 countries. GIZ works on a public-benefit basis. All surpluses generated are channelled back into its own international cooperation projects for sustainable development.
With its state offices in Germany, GIZ has been building bridges to the world, allowing partner or projects abroad to benefit from the German regional know-how.
The State Academy Baden-Württemberg
For In-service Training and Human Resource Development at Schools
The Academy was founded in 2004 as the central training facility for teachers of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg. It is a legally responsible public-law institution. It provides in-service training for teachers and executives on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. There are three locations of the “State Academy for In-service Training and Human Resource Development at Schools” in Baden-Wuerttemberg: Bad Wildbad serves schools by implementing courses for general education, Comburg offers training for executives and Esslingen is responsible for vocational colleges. More than 36,000 teachers and multipliers attend the 1,859 courses being offered by the State Academy. The performance of the Academy is rated with the grades A or B by more than 90 percent of the participating teachers.
The State Academy in Esslingen
The State Academy in Esslingen is the central training facility of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg for teachers of vocational colleges. The State Academy is responsible for the in-service training and development of 22,000 teachers/lecturers. In the school year 2013/2014, there were 284 vocational colleges in operation, with roughly 360,000 students. Each year about 10,000 teachers participate in further training in more than 600 courses at the Academy. One of the challenges for the Academy is to train 260 professions that are taught at vocational colleges in Baden-Württemberg. These professions are based on defined training profiles with standardized occupational skills. The Academy offers courses and detailed concepts for the following areas:
- State-of-the-art topics in the fields of technology, business and social pedagogy,
- Educational and methodical issues, e.g. for the implementation of activity-oriented curricula or for cooperative learning,
- Development of concepts for state-wide training initiatives for multipliers acting on behalf of the Ministry of Education, e.g. for the implementation of new curricula and schools,
- Train-the-trainer seminars and information sessions on new curricular and current developments in vocational education,
- Individual learning and inclusion,
- Quality development at vocational schools (OAS Operatively Autonomous Schools, development of teaching),
- New media in class,
- Courses for network advisors,
- CISCO, Linux, multimedia, data protection and copyright.
A server provided by the State Academy offers various aids and teaching resources for teachers in the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg. Here teachers can find information about training courses, teaching materials and database applications.
In 2013 the State Academy acquired the status of “federal elite centre” for “Worldskills Germany”, registered association, in the field of mechatronics, an initiative promoting national and international vocational competitions.