EnglishDeutschISDP Interregional School of Development Practitioners


Structure of School

Our school is an institution for adult education: Adult education means self-decided and self-responsible learning. Participants decide for themselves which competences are relevant to them and how and to what extent they want to learn them and contribute to a conducive learning environment and – in agreement with the module leader – also assume responsibility for co-teaching.

Our courses are open to anyone who is interested. However, the training is geared towards adults (Age 21+).

The learning content

… is based on a holistic view of the human being and an understanding of life – based on Anthroposophy of Dr. Rudolf Steiner.

… is committed to implementation and thus accordingly activity based and geared toward practicality.

… is solution-oriented: builds on positive experiences and

… is easily accessible: does not require prior knowledge

… is continuously reviewed by the Executive Team of the school for both content relevance and didactic competence

The learning form: The course is modular. Each module is a self-contained unit. The modules have different time scopes adapted to the contents and teaching requirements. The modules relevant to the course are marked accordingly. The number of participants is limited. Graduates of a previous course have priority. (for further information see Modules)

The Accreditation: The school issues a confirmation for each fully completed module. A fully completed course leads to the diploma for a certified Development Practitioner.

Formal accreditations can lead to an increase in costs of courses without necessarily resulting in an improvement in quality without adequately supporting our goals of promoting practical competencies. Nevertheless, possible official accreditation of individual modules or the course is periodically reviewed.

The Admission Criterion: The school decides on admission to a course. Formal requirements are not necessary. The school management decides on admission on the basis of an application “sur dossier”. The module leader decide on admission to specific modules.

In addition to interest, the following points are relevant for the course in order to become a certified development practitioner:

  1. a) the opportunity to be involved in a community,
  2. b) a meaningful initiative or project, and
  3. c) life experiences that serve as a foundation.

Those interested in the course become part of a community and are involved in community development. Community’s may develop a mandate. Such mandates then become an official part of the course.

Applications for both the course and modules should be made in writing to:

The financing: ISDP is a free educational institution and is financed by module and course fees from participants, education vouchers, unrestricted donations, and crowd funding. The module costs depend on the scope of the module, the mode of and the place of implementation and are communicated in the module description.

Communities (e.g. neighbourhoods, municipalities, communes, regions) can give ISDP a mandate (a paid assignment). Such a mandate is implemented as part of a course.

Moreover, the financing of modules, projects, mandates or for the promotion of participants can be approached through the use of regional, national or international funding sources, but must always take into account the educational freedom.

Donations can be directed to the Fund ConVive with the reference ‘ISDP’ (see Fonds ConVive).