Club rules edudea
The Internet and the accompanying digitalization have a great influence on society and a great potential to do good. Information could be freely accessible to every person and holds undreamt-of possibilities to provide education to every individual in an undifferentiated way. Never before has there been such a treasure trove of information and knowledge that could be available to anyone, anywhere, at any time, thanks to technological advances.
However, this opportunity is often not used. Technology is exploited for their own purposes, people are manipulated, false information is spread, information is withheld and private information is passed on to companies and states. Much of this happens unknowingly and unconsciously – for example, because technological relationships are unclear or the processes are not transparent.
There is usually a lack of knowledge about technologies and how to handle information. How does a computer work? How does the Internet work? What are apps and how are they different from browser apps? What data do I generate every day with my technical devices and how sensitive is it? How do I find relevant information about a topic and how can I check its truthfulness?
A self-determined approach to digital media requires a basic knowledge of how they work and how to use them. Media literacy is of great importance for a functioning democracy and educational equity for all. The need for action is great.
§1 Name and registered office of the association, financial year
(1) The name of the association is “edudea”. It shall be entered in the register of associations and shall thereafter bear the suffix “e.V.”.
(2) The Association has its registered office in Karlsruhe.
(3) The financial year shall be the calendar year.
§2 Purpose of the club
The association promotes and supports projects of education for the development of media competence starting with the basic understanding of digital media up to their self-determined, responsible use to solve the problem areas described in the preamble or carries them out. With these projects, we want to promote the development of mental models about the digital that are suitable for everyday use. In addition, we want to use STEM subjects as examples to test and demonstrate the use of media. The aim is to promote education, adult education and vocational training, including student support, regardless of gender, age or social background and to create educational equity. The association offers an open solution for educational access.
The purpose of the statute “the promotion of education, folk and vocational training including student assistance” is realized in particular by
(1) providing “educational tools” to learn how to use media and understand how it works,
(2) An information campaign about the importance of using media properly, questioning critically, sharing knowledge, and creating appropriate mental models,
(3) Workshops, events and consulting
(4) Cooperation and joint actions with initiatives and companies that pursue similar goals. Collaborations at the local, European and international levels to achieve greater educational equity globally.
§3 Non-profit status of the association
(1) The Association, with its registered office in Karlsruhe, exclusively and directly pursues charitable purposes within the meaning of the section “Tax-privileged Purposes” of the German Tax Code (§ 52 para. 2 sentence 1 no. 7). The purpose of the association is the promotion of education, national and professional education including student aid . It serves exclusively and directly the education of the people for the benefit of the general public. The Association’s funds may only be used for purposes in accordance with the Articles of Association. Members shall not receive any benefits from the funds of the Association.
(2) The Association shall act selflessly; it shall not primarily pursue its own economic purposes.
(3) Members shall have no claims to the assets of the Association upon their resignation. No person may benefit from expenses that are alien to the purpose of the association or from disproportionately high remuneration.
§4 Acquisition of membership
(1) Any (natural) person who affirms the purpose of the Association may become a member of the Association. Both natural persons and legal entities can become supporting members.
(2) All members support the association by spreading its concerns and by regular financial contributions
(3) Admission to the Association must be applied for in writing to the Executive Board. In the case of minors, the application for membership must be submitted by their legal representatives. The board of directors decides on the application for membership with a simple majority at its own discretion. He does not have to give reasons for refusal of the application to the applicant.
(4) Supporting members of the Association shall pay the established minimum contribution to support the Association. A written declaration of membership to the Board of Directors is sufficient for admission. Supporting membership ends by written notice of resignation, by death or by exclusion.
(5) Membership rights
Members shall have the powers granted by law to members of the Association, unless these Articles of Association assign these rights to a special organ of the Association. Active members have voting rights at the general meeting of the association. Supporting members have the right to speak, but no voting rights, no right to vote and no right to propose motions.
§5 Termination of membership
(1) Membership in the Association shall end by death (in the case of legal entities with their extinction), resignation or exclusion.
(2) Resignation must be declared in writing to the Executive Board. The resignation of a member is only possible at the end of the month. It shall be made by written declaration to the chairman with three days’ notice.
(3) A member may be excluded from the Association by resolution of the General Meeting if he or she
a) culpably damages the reputation or the interests of the association in a serious manner or
b) is more than three months in arrears with the payment of its membership fees and has not paid the arrears despite a written reminder under threat of exclusion. The member shall be given the opportunity to comment on the reasons for the exclusion at the general meeting. These must be communicated to him at least two weeks in advance.
(4) Membership fees already paid will not be refunded.
§6 Rights and duties of members
(1) Each member has the right to participate in joint events. Each member has equal voting and election rights in the general meeting.
(2) Every member has the duty to promote the interests of the association, in particular to pay his membership fees regularly and, as far as he is able, to support the life of the association by his cooperation.
§7 Admission fee and membership fees
(1) Each member shall pay an annual membership fee due in advance.
(2) The amount of the membership fee shall be determined by the General Meeting.
(3) A simple majority of the voting members of the Association present at the General Meeting shall be required to determine the amount and due date of dues. The membership fee is payable annually and by cashless transfer to the association’s account. Upon acceptance into the Association by the Board of Directors, the entire membership fee for the year in which membership commenced shall be paid.
§8 Organs of the association
The organs of the association are the board of directors and the general meeting.
§9 Executive Board
(1) The Executive Board shall consist of two or three persons with equal rights. Diverse staffing is to be aimed for. He represents the association judicially and extrajudicially.
(2) Each member of the Executive Board shall represent the Association alone.
(3) The work of the Executive Board shall not be remunerated and shall be performed in an honorary capacity.
(4) Notwithstanding paragraph (3), the General Meeting may resolve that the Executive Board shall be paid appropriate remuneration for its activities. If a new Executive Board is elected, compensation must again be decided by a General Meeting.
(5) The Board of Management may, by resolution, appoint a special representative pursuant to Art. § 30 BGB (German Civil Code) to appoint a managing director, who shall manage the day-to-day business of the association on behalf of and in accordance with the instructions of the board of directors.
(6) The managing director shall participate in the meetings of the bodies in an advisory capacity.
§10 Tasks of the Management Board
The Executive Board of the Association is responsible for representing the Association in accordance with § 26 of the German Civil Code (BGB) and for managing its business. In particular, it has the following tasks:
a) the convening and preparation of general meetings, including the drawing up of the agenda,
b) the execution of resolutions of the general meeting,
c) the management of the Association’s assets and the preparation of the annual report,
d) the admission of new members.
§11 Appointment of the Management Board
(1) The members of the Executive Board shall be elected individually by the General Meeting for a term of two years. Only members of the Association may be members of the Board; membership in the Association also ends membership in the Board. The re-election or early dismissal of a member by the general meeting is permissible. The respective incumbent members of the Executive Board shall remain in office after the expiry of the regular term of office until the election of his successor.
(2) If a member leaves the Executive Board prematurely, the remaining members of the Executive Board are entitled to elect a member of the Association to the Executive Board until a successor is elected by the General Meeting.
§12 Consultation and resolutions of the Executive Board
(1) The Executive Board shall meet as required, but at least once a year. Board meetings constitute a quorum if both chairpersons are present or participate by telephone. The meetings are convened by the chairman. A notice period of one week shall be observed. The Board of Directors adopts its resolutions unanimously
(2) The resolutions of the Executive Board shall be recorded in the minutes. The minutes shall be signed by the keeper of the minutes and by the chairman or, if he is unable to do so, by his deputy.
(3) Amendments to the Articles of Association required by supervisory, judicial or financial authorities for formal reasons may be made by the Executive Board on its own initiative. These amendments to the Articles of Association must be communicated to the next General Meeting.
§13 Tasks of the General Meeting
The General Meeting is responsible for decisions in the following matters:
a) Amendments to the Articles of Association,
b) the determination of the admission fee and the membership fees,
(c) Fee Waivers,
d) Tasks of the Association,
e) Taking out loans from EUR 100,
f) exclusion of members from the association,
g) the election and dismissal of the members of the Board of Directors,
h) the acceptance of the annual report and the discharge of the Executive Board,
i ) the dissolution of the association.
§14 Convening of the General Meeting
(1) At least once a year, if possible in the first quarter, an ordinary General Meeting shall be convened by the Board. The meeting shall be convened by e-mail, giving two weeks’ notice and stating the agenda. The date of the e-mail dispatch is valid. The letter of invitation shall be deemed to have been received by the member if it is sent to the last e-mail address provided in writing by the member of the Association, in exceptional cases by mail to the last address provided by the member.
(2) The agenda shall be set by the Board of Management. Each member of the association can request an addition to the agenda in writing to the board of directors at least one week before the general meeting. The Board of Directors decides on the application. The General Assembly shall decide on motions on the agenda which have not been included by the Executive Board or which are put forward for the first time at the General Assembly by a majority of the votes of the members present; this shall not apply to motions which have as their object an amendment to the Articles of Association, changes in membership fees or the dissolution of the Association.
(3) The Executive Board shall convene an extraordinary General Meeting if the interests of the Association so require or if at least 30 percent of the members request this in writing, stating the purpose and the reasons.
(4) The General Meeting may also be held by means of electronic communication (e.g. by telephone or videoconference) or in a mixed meeting of those present and videoconference/other media/telephone. The Board of Directors shall decide whether the General Meeting shall be held in a meeting or by means of electronic communication or in a mixed meeting consisting of those present and videoconference/other media/telephone.
§15 Resolutions of the General Meeting
(1) The General Meeting shall be chaired by one of the members of the Executive Board and, if they are unable to do so, by a chairperson to be elected by the General Meeting.
(2) Any General Meeting convened in accordance with the Articles of Association shall be recognized as having a quorum regardless of the number of members of the Association present. Each active member has one vote.
(3) The General Meeting shall adopt resolutions by open vote with the majority of the votes of the members present. If, in the case of elections, no candidate can obtain the majority of the votes of the members present, the candidate who has obtained the majority of the valid votes cast shall be elected; a run-off election shall be held between several candidates. Resolutions to amend the Articles of Association shall require a majority of three quarters, and resolutions to amend the purpose or dissolve the Association shall require the approval of nine tenths of the members present.
(4) Minutes shall be taken of the proceedings of the General Meeting and the resolutions adopted, and shall be signed by the keeper of the minutes and the chairman of the meeting.
§16 Dissolution of the Association, termination for other reasons, discontinuation of tax-privileged purposes
(1) In the event of the dissolution of the Association, the Chairman of the Board and his Deputy shall be jointly authorized liquidators, unless the General Meeting appoints other persons.
(2) In the event of the dissolution of the Association or the discontinuation of tax-privileged purposes, the assets of the Association shall pass to a legal entity under public law or another tax-privileged corporation for the purpose of promoting education, popular education and vocational training, including student aid.
(3) The above provisions shall apply mutatis mutandis if the legal capacity of the Association has been withdrawn.
Karlsruhe, 26.07.2022 (mostly automatic translation)