polis – The Austrian Centre for Citizenship Education in Schools is the central education service institution for citizenship education in Austrian schools. The centre is commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (Department I/1, Citizenship Education) and helps teachers to bring citizenship and human rights education into the classroom, serves as an information platform and advisory centre, develops new materials for the classroom on a regular basis, plays a part in the European and Austrian discussions on citizenship education, has an influential role in teacher training and organizes events for students.

Project website: www.politik-lernen.at

With the activities on offer polis supports skills-oriented teaching, the aim of which is a political awareness which the student has reached through careful deliberation. In this respect it is not primarily a question of the acquisition of the broadest possible range of knowledge, but of learning activities which enable the student to learn about, think about and deal with political themes. The activities are therefore linked to the lives and experiences of the students themselves.

The field of activity of polis includes

  • Operation of the largest internet platform on citizenship education in Austria www.politik-lernen.at
  • Publications, i.a. of a magazine for teachers: polis aktuell
  • Distribution of materials for teachers
  • In-service-training and workshops for teachers
  • Organisation of events, e.g. Action Days for Citizenship Education
  • Consulting and support for the implementation of projects national and international cooperation, e.g. with the United Nations, DARE, NECE, EPAN

Office hours

Monday to Tuesday 10:00 to 15:00
Appointments by arrangement possible


Helferstorferstraße 5
1010 Vienna
T +43-1/353 40 20