On invitation of the Evangelisches Schulwerk A.B. Wien and the international education network PILGRIM, this year’s IV General Assembly took place in the Austrian capital on 15/16 November. The theme of the meeting was “Contributions by Christian Schools to Education for Sustainable Development” and, using the example of over 200 PILGRIM schools, it showed ways to an ecologically sustainable and spiritually conscious education. Oberkirchenrat Schiefermair also highlighted the legal framework for denominational schools in Austria, and the headmistress of the Evangelische Volksschule on Karlsplatz, where the General Assembly took place, presented her impressive concepts of promoting outstanding talent and of the all-day care. 30 participants from 12 European countries gained interesting insights into the confessional school system in Austria and experienced a successful conference in an inviting atmosphere in an architecturally unique school building. The programme was rounded off by a “Protestant city walk” on the second day.

In the statutory part of the General Assembly, the 2020 budget was adopted. The proposal for a “mentoring system” to intensify communication between the Board and the member associations between the annual general meetings met with unanimous approval. The next AMV 2020 is expected to take place in Riga (Latvia).

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