"Education through Responsibility" network
"Service Learning" was established in the USA in the mid 1980s. The starting signal was given by the founding of the student organization "Campus Outreach Opportunity League" (COOL) and the network "Campus Compact" at the level of university management, to which over 950 universities belong today. The participating universities are committed not only to promoting professional expertise, but also to strengthening the willingness and ability to use the intellectual and material resources of the universities for the benefit and strengthening of the community. In this way, the universities aim to educate students to be citizens and socially responsible, to teach them social skills and to contribute as actors in civil society. In Germany, "Service Learning" has been practiced in isolated cases at various universities for several years. The German universities where the first such approaches are being implemented – including the universities of Lüneburg, Mannheim, Trier, Würzburg, Saarland and Erfurt – founded the "Higher Education Network Education through Responsibility" in March 2009. In their joint declaration, they declare that they regard and develop personal and social responsibility as an essential educational task at their campuses.
Further information on the "Education through Responsibility" network