Zeitpfeil e.V. is an association for nonformal and informal citizenship and (inter)cultural education implementing seminars, training courses, study trips and European exchange projects for young adults and adult learners on both regional and national level. Its mission is to offer spaces of information and to empower its learners to actively participate in society. Zeitpfeil e.V. in cooperation with its Western German partner organisation Politischer Arbeitskreis Schulen e.V. and with European partners (e.g. within the learning partnership “Tool Kit Participation in Adult Education”) has  developed principles, concepts and methodologies for different target groups, including disadvantaged young adults. The association closely collaborates with neighbourhood managements on long term projects to promote participation of disadvantaged young adults in the districts Neukoelln and Wedding.

Cases of use of the anthropological approach in civic, cultural or intercultural education:

“Marathon in the big city” Method of civic education used in particular during study-visits of groups in Berlin.
The learners are invited to visit different areas of the city to make their own observation about the area, its particularities and its inhabitants and to come in contact with local people. In order to achieve that, they receive a sheet with different tasks: questions for the inhabitants, visit of specific areas/buildings/institutions, photographs of the nice and not nice areas etc.

Description of Zeitpfeil project: Inside Views – Cases Zeitpfeil, Marathon in the big city

Subjective map. Methods of analysis of the social space (Sozialraumanalyse) for children and youngsters.
A professional ask to each participant to draw a map of the area that they live, pla1y, go to school, live their family. After drawing their own map the kids present it to the professional. It is important to take notes of the presentation of children.

Description of Zeitpfeil project: Inside Views Cases-Zeitpfeil, Subjective map

“Team message in the bottle” A group of children from a small city of Brandenburg get in touch with a group from a small city in Ecuador. The children send to each other letter and photos describing their life, their school and their city. In order to do that they have photo sessions and writing sessions. Some in Spanish. The letters, the pictures and other handcrafts are given personally to the group in Ecuador and vice versa by volunteers participating in workcamps in Ecuador.

Description of Zeitpfeil project: Inside Views- Cases Zeitpfeil – Team Flaschenpost

“Inspection of the neighbourhood” Methods of analysis of the social space (Sozialraumanalyse) for children and youngsters. A professional goes together with a group of children or youngster for a walk in the neighborhood. The children guide him/her and they talk with him about the places they like or not, how do they use the space, what they are missing.

Description of Zeitpfeil project: Inside Views – Cases Zeitpfeil, Inspection of the neighbourhood



Tita at her coordinators role. :)

Tita Kaisari-Ernst coordinates the learning partnership for Zeitpfeil. Tita is social anthropologist. After her studies she worked in advertisement and marketing research and she was engaged in international projects for young people in Athens. In 2004 -2006 she was freelancer trainer, moderator and project manager for Greek NGOs in the area of Humanitarian aid and Develepment (Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Libanon). From 2006 she lives in Berlin and she works in Projects concerning the Participation in disadvantaged areas.



Jacob Panzner is member of the board of Zeitpfeil and responsible for the monitoring of the Grundtvig Parnership “inside views”. Beside his administrative tasks Jacob contributes on educational issues with his experience as proffessional in  civic education, in which he is active since 2009 for different organisations. Since 2013 he is working for P.A.S. e.V. in Bonn. Jacob has a Master degree in german litterature and philosophy and he is starting a PhD project.


Katja presenting the idea

Katja presenting the idea

 Katja Niggemeier is  since 2008 part of L.I.S.T. GmbH – L.I.S.T. is an acronym for “Lösungen im Stadtteil – “Solutions in Neighbourhoods”. In her work for the organisation she is head of one out of 34 Neighbourhood Managements in Berlin, Neighbourhood Management (Quartiersmanagement) Soldiner Straße. For furher information please look at Socially Integrative City: Neighborhood Management.
She holds a master in political science and German philology. Katja started her career as a cultural manager in a little theatre and cinema in a town near Hamburg. After moving to Berlin in 1999 she became interested in community living, co-housing and urban development in general – so she finally shifted from cultural to urban management. For years she was engaged in “Ideenaufruf”, an initiative for the bottom-up development of a former railway-repair-station in Berlin.
In her work for L.I.S.T GmbH Katja is also co-author of “Handbuch Partizipation” (Guide to Participation, pdf), edited by the Berlin Senate for Urban Development and developed together with Christian Ernst a qualification concept for administrative staff, who is involved in participation projects and processes in their city or area.

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