We foster an everyday culture in schools and society as a whole that reinforces democratic values and effectively combats group-focused antagonisms.
Houda Algandouzi-RafatProject manager
Fake news, alternative facts and hate speech on the Internet pose a threat to our democratic values. With use of the teaching and learning method service-learning, the project #netzrevolte aims to promote and fight for diversity and equality on- and offline.
#netzrevolte, Foundation for Learning through Civic Engagement
The #netzrevolte project aims to combine democratic with digital education in schools, and strengthen democratic action capacities and powers of judgment among children and young people on the net.By means of the Service-Learning form of teaching/learning, pupils engage with digital media and phenomena like fake news and hate speech, and participate in self-designed projects to campaign for diversity and equality in civil society.The Freudenberg Foundation supports #netzrevolte because digital education can extend beyond the inculcation of technical competences and can be meaningfully related to the real world on the basis of an unambiguous democratic value orientation. www.servicelearning.de
We accompany children, adolescents and young adults in Weinheim and the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region on their way to becoming competent media users!
#netzrevolte, Weinheim Youth Media
The Weinheim Youth Media network aims to become a competence center for the #netzrevolte project, so as to combine democratic and digital education at Weinheim’s schools, and thus to strengthen young people’s capacity for action and judicious appraisal both online and offline.The aim is to ensure that pupils engage with digital media and phenomena like fake news or hate speech during their lessons and translate the knowledge acquired into hands-on digital projects.The Sternbach Foundation, managed by the Freudenberg Foundation, is involved with #netzrevolte, so as to support digital democracy education in the Weinheim Education Chain.www.jugendmedien-weinheim.de/
Prof. Dr. Kader KonukDirector
The Academy aims to support endangered and exiled academics from Turkey, and at the same time offer a forum for reflecting on academic freedom and academia in exile.
Academy in Exile, FGM
The Academy in Exile is aimed at threatened academics from Turkey and intended to enable them to continue their academic work in Germany within the framework of a scholarship.At the Institute of Turkish Studies at Duisburg-Essen University, at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen and at the Forum for Transregional Studies in Berlin, Turkish academics who by reason of their academic or civil commitment to human rights and democracy in Turkey are exposed to reprisals can continue to pursue their research work for two years.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Academy in Exile, so as to strengthen with the remaining options the democratic civil and academic societies in Turkey, and at the same time to utilize the input of the refugee academics for the German research scene.www.uni-due.de
Alliance for Solidarity with the Sinti and Roma of Europe, Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
The Alliance for Solidarity with the Sinti and Roma of Europe deploys political advocacy and public relations work to combat antiziganism, and constitutes a forum for facilitating mutual feedback and networking among its member organizations.On the annual ROMADAY, cultural and political events open up new perspectives on Sinti and Roma as positive, multifaceted social protagonists. An antiziganism observation office rigorously publicizes antiziganist incidents throughout Europe – with a focus on Eastern Europe.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Alliance for Solidarity with the Sinti and Roma of Europe, in order to campaign for equitable social participation and political visibility of Sinti and Roma in conjunction with self-organizations and other protagonists.www.romaday.org/Buendnis
Everyone’s different, everyone’s the same. At the side of a strong civil society, we provide protection and a voice to those who are actively shaping democratic culture.
Amadeu Antonio Foundation
The Amadeu Antonio Foundation campaigns for a democratic civil society, resolutely and proactively opposed to right-wing extremism, racism and anti-Semitism.For this purpose, the Amadeu Antonio Foundation supports local projects, and is itself operationally active in educative and consultancy work in both analog and digital space.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Amadeu Antonio Foundation, so as to strengthen democratic culture with synergized expertise and to effectively combat neo-right-wing mindsets. www.amadeu-antonio-stiftung.de
Dr. Ümit KoşanManaging Director
Diversity is experientially accessible if participation is assured for everyone involved. For this purpose, a new type of migrant organization is needed, one that identifies with the city’s society.
Association of Socio-Cultural Migrant Organizations in Dortmund (VMDO)
In the Association of Socio-Cultural Migrant Organizations in Dortmund (VMDO), 60 migrant organizations work together irrespective of their nationality, in order to strengthen the potential of people with a migrant background as individual and civil-societal protagonists.The focus is on activities that target educational success and participation in the labor market for people with a migrant background, and promote democratic co-existence in diversity.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the VMDO, so as to strengthen both participation and agenda-setting by migrant organizations and recognition for the assumption of welfare-state tasks in society. www.vmdo.de
Romnokher is empowerment and dialog all in one! Every town should have a House of Culture like this. Romnokher, krell men sorles un te was wawarenza Kettene! Hako bareda Foro hunte wells jek.
The aim of the RomnoKher Federal Working Group (in German abbreviated to BAG) is to represent the interests of the Sinti and Roma’s associations and NGOs among German politicians and the general public.The RomnoKher BAG sees its role as a contact partner on a national level, and aims to network communities and professionalize their civil-societal commitment, as well as raising awareness for the situation of the Sinti and Roma.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the RomnoKher BAG, so that Sinti and Roma can gain a hearing for their heterogeneous concerns.www.romnokher.de
Kai JahnsManaging Director
Bringing people together, shaping the future.
Barnim-Uckermark Community Foundation
The Barnim-Uckermark Community Foundation aims by means of social initiatives in the neighborhood to strengthen social cohesion in diversity.The Joint Volunteers Agency of the Community Foundation and Eberswalde Town Council broker and train voluntary staff for civic involvement. They focus on children and young people, plus their families, who are affected by poverty and exclusion. The Round Table Initiative – Welcome to Eberswalde is aimed specifically at refugees.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Barnim-Uckermark Community Foundation, because democracy – particularly in politically sensitive environments – needs living civil-societal involvement.www.buergerstiftung-barnim-uckermark.de
Simone RafaelChief Editor
With the “Belltower.News – Network for a digital civil society” journalistic website, we encourage people to commit to democracy and equality – we show where it is particularly necessary, and what strategies promise to be successful.
Belltower.News, Amadeu Antonio Foundation
Belltower.News – a network for the digital civil society – aims to strengthen a culture of democratic debate by analyzing right-wing-extremist and populist events and publishing discussion-boosting contributions from different protagonists.As the largest German-language platform addressing manifestations of group-referenced prejudices, Belltower.News aims not only to educate public opinion and categorize xenophobic incidents, but also to develop communicative strategies for combatting neo-right-wing influences.The Freudenberg Foundation supports Belltower.News, because everyday violations of democratic culture can be combatted only by means of constructive conceptual alternatives, not by ignoring them.www.belltower.news
Ferdos ForudastanManaging Director
CIVIS Media Foundation
The CIVIS Media Foundation aims to raise awareness among journalists in the electronic media for the issues of integration and cultural diversity, and to encourage them in their work, by awarding an accolade for exemplary programs.The prestigious CIVIS Media Prize is annual award for contributions from radio, film, television and the internet that engage to outstanding effect with the issues of migration, integration and cultural diversity. In addition, CIVIS regularly hosts conferences and seminars.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the CIVIS Media Foundation, because media exert a very significant effect on public opinion-forming, and thus also possess major potential for strengthening democratic culture and respect for diversity. www.civismedia.eu
Annette Dorothea WeberArtistic Director
By means of transformed artwork, artistic research, independent and free of (self-inherent) teleology, makes a substantial contribution towards a society’s democratic integrity!
COMMUNITY art CENTER mannheim (CaCm)
The COMMUNITY art CENTER mannheim (CaCm) is a center for dialog-driven, transformational art, which deploys art-based modes of campaigning for the open society and democratic culture.With low-threshold art projects in a variety of genres, the CaCm reaches out to the residents of the Neckarstadt-West district in Mannheim and beyond. The formats developed specifically for this purpose render the issues addressed experientially accessible, and encourage concomitant discussions and engagement.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the COMMUNITYartCENTERmannheim, because dialog-driven, transformational art promotes shared reflection and communication between people from different backgrounds on key social problems.www.communityartcenter-mannheim.de
Prof. Dr. Yasemin KarakaşoğluChairwoman
In view of the current socio-political situation, in which unobjective and hate-fuelled debates on migration, integration and refugees threaten to divide society, a differentiated communication to the general public of the results obtained from migration research is an extremely responsible socio-political task. The members of the Council for Migration are embracing this mission in all their multi-voiced diversity.
Council for Migration (RfM)
The German Council for Migration (RfM) is a nationwide grouping of around 150 academics, who have set themselves to provide critical coverage of political decisions and public debates regarding migration, integration and asylum.The RfM’s interdisciplinary members involved work together in six sections: “Education and Language”, “Gender and Sexuality”, “Religion”, “Post-Migrant Society”, “City and Region”, and “Migration, Refugees and European Frontier Regime”, and communicate their results to the public in statements, publications and media postings.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Council for Migration, because with its academic assessment of political consequences it contributes to the public debate with empirically based statements.www.rat-fuer-migration.de
Christina DinarProject Manager
The best prevention against hate speech: strengthening a democratic debate culture in digital space!
debate//de:hate, Amadeu Antonio Foundation
The debate//de:hate project aims to combat hate speech in the social media.For this purpose, debate//de:hate develops strategies and action options for pedagogic specialists and the general public, but also enters into a dialog directly online with the mostly youthful authors of hate comments.The Freudenberg Foundation supports debate//de:hate, in order to strengthen with a clear strategy democratic culture particularly in digital space, where it can most easily be violated.www.amadeu-antonio-stiftung.de
In times of right-wing-populist successes all over Europe, it is more vital than ever to proclaim one’s own stance and to resolutely affirm one’s commitment to social solidarity and to initiate non-formal education options, since an open society taking active steps to counter discrimination and recognizing the equality of all human beings has no need of nationalism or racism, but requires a shared concept of how we want to live in a pluralistic society.
Democracy education in Cottbus and in Spree-Neisse County, Humanist Youth Foundation Cottbus e. V.
Under the aegis of this project, group leaders in Cottbus and in Spree-Neisse County are trained in the contents and methodology of political education, so as to render democratic values and principles more accessible to first-time voters, in particular.Most of the seminar’s participants are students of social work. Besides salient aspects like freedom, democracy, human rights, justice, economic security and peace, the young multipliers are familiarized with the Learning by Involvement method, enabling them to work as school assistants in future.The Freudenberg Foundation supports democracy education in the south-east of Brandenburg, so as to accomplish preventative work against right-wing extremism at an early stage both inside and outside schools in a structurally weak region.www.humaju.de
Jasna JašarevićManaging Director
Only active citizens can create a prosperous democratic society and a safe future for all generations.
Democratic Communities, Tuzla Community Foundation
The Democratic Communities project of the Tuzla Community Foundation (Bosnia) aims to combat disintegrative social processes by means of local participatory projects.With the aid of the community-organizing approach, the aim is to strengthen the citizens’ self-organization and design/problem-solving competence driven by the common good. Both social and economic components are incorporated here, e.g. through a youth bank project and business start-up consultancy.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Democratic Communities project, so as to develop model perspectives and strengthen social cohesion at a place with difficult starting conditions with the aid of democratic forms of participation.www.fondacijatz.org
Anna MauzResearch Assistant
With Service-Learning, children and young people are strengthening their democratic competence – for this goal, we are working together with the schools from all our projects. In order to provide optimum support for the frontline practitioners, together with partners from the academic and pedagogic communities, we have developed our “Democratic competence at Learning through Civic Engagement” working model, create pedagogic materials, and trial practical evaluation approaches, so as to render the pupils’ developmental steps visible.
Evaluation of democratic competence, Foundation for Learning through Civic Engagement
In this project, the Foundation for Learning through Civic Engagement develops and trials an evaluation concept designed to find out whether and how the teaching/learning approach of Service-Learning fosters democratic competence among children and young people.On the basis of a theory- and practice-driven working model for democratic competence, a survey uses various evaluation instruments in partner schools to ascertain what influence the pupils’ involvement in the projects has on the development of democratic mindsets and readiness to act.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the evaluation, so as to enable the effects of Service-Learning on democracy-themed education to be plausibly evidenced, and thus to also progress the structural strengthening of this approach.www.servicelearning.de
Sandra ZentnerManaging Director
Strengthening democracy and transforming schools, these are the goals of our foundation: with “Learning through Civic Engagement”, children and young people, irrespective of their origins, can obtain good education and proactively help to shape our democratic society.
Foundation for Learning through Civic Engagement
Service-learning – learning through civic engagement is a teaching and learning method that combines cognitive learning with community service. Students participate in their community (“service”) while addressing real needs and applying their theoretical knowledge (“learning”).Together with its nationwide network of schools and local partners, the foundation develops and supports involvement projects with highly disparate thematic keynotes, each of them closely integrated into the curriculum.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Foundation for Learning through Civic Engagement so as to strengthen a school education that communicates its contents with meaningful realism, and encourages children and young people to practise active democratic participation.www.servicelearning.de
Dr. Cornelia SchuManaging Director
The primary concerns of the SVR and its research department are to edit on an academically substantiated basis the relevant facts for society as a whole and politicians in particular in what is often an emotionally charged field of integration and migration, to discuss relevant options, and thus objectify the ongoing debate.
German Foundations’ Council of Experts for Integration and Migration (SVR)
The German Foundations’ Council of Experts for Integration and Migration (SVR) aims to offer political decision-makers action-oriented recommendations and critical coverage in the thematic fields of integration and migration.The SVR consists of nine academics, who together draw up an annual assessment report and take a stance on current debates. Moreover, the “Integration Barometer” is an instrument designed to measure the integration climate in Germany using surveys of people with and without a migration background.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Council of Experts, in order to strengthen academically substantiated positions on migration policy in all democratic parties and the civil service.www.svr-migration.de
Maren DüsbergManaging Director RAA Saxony
The promotion of democratic thought and action from childhood and adolescence all the way through to old age are in our state particularly our most important goals and work contents.
Home. Democracy. Saxony.
The Home.Democracy.Saxony. development project aims to strengthen Saxony’s democratic culture in structurally weak districts.For this purpose, the project aims to collaborate with municipalities that campaign with meaningful commitment for a democratic common good, and in particular with schools. In addition, with the aid of communicative strategies, democratic mindsets and positive visions of the future are to be more securely anchored in public opinion.The Freudenberg Foundation is developing the Home.Democracy.Saxony. project in conjunction with the RAA Saxony and the RAA Hoyerswerda/East Saxony, so as to strengthen democracy, solidarity in diversity and hope for the future through opinion-leaders in local councils, schools and the media.www.raa-sachsen.de
Hajdi BarzEducational Referent
The Initiative Rromnja is a grouping of Berlin-based Roma and Sinti women, who are no longer prepared to accept that the rejection of Rom*nja and Sinte*zza, hostile acts and violence against Rom*nja and Sinte*zza are hushed up, downplayed or even justified. Racism in any manifestation has to be named and combatted – this is what the women of this initiative are campaigning for.
IniRromnja and RomaniPhen, VIA Regional Berlin/Brandenburg
IniRromnja is a grouping of Roma and Sinti women in Berlin who campaign against antiziganism in every form and for equality-based social participation of Sinti and Roma.IniRromnja’s keynote themes include feminist empowerment and education policy, so as to render Romnja* and Sintezza* identifiable as artistic, academic and socio-critical protagonists.The Freudenberg Foundation supports IniRromnja, so as to enable Romnja and Sintezza to campaign for their concerns and against intersectional discrimination with a voice of their own.www.inirromnja.wordpress.com
Dr. Mehmet AtaDirector
Media play a crucial role in determining how migration, integration and co-existence are perceived in an immigration society. We support journalists in providing balanced fact-based coverage.
Migration Media Service, Council for Migration
The Migration Media Service is an information platform for journalists aimed at contributing towards academically substantiated coverage themed around the issues of migration and integration.For this purpose, the Migration Media Service provides journalists with facts and figures, publishes background reports of hitherto neglected issues, holds press conferences and conducts on-the-spot researches. An extensive database brokers experts from numerous specialisms.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Migration Media Service, because a democratic debate culture can be strengthened with journalism that does not produce any lurid headlines, but engages dialectically with issues on the basis of carefully researched facts.
Anna SteinProject Manager
Strengthening civic involvement and utilizing conflicts as motors for shaping a living society: this we see as an opportunity for strengthening our democracy.
Promoting Democracy by Municipal Conflict Counseling, VFB Salzwedel
The Promoting Democracy by Municipal Conflict Counseling model project in the Altmark aims to counter dwindling democratic everyday culture by the methodology of municipal conflict counseling.Here, local protagonists from the field of politics, administration and civil society are thus enabled to perceive tensions and conflict potentials, and in particular to involve young citizens in solutional approaches and municipal life.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the model project because learning democracy begins in a municipal context and learning to resolve conflicts is a vital constituent of it.www.vfb-saw.de
Martin WetzelManaging Director
Participation and democratic involvement of all children and young people – this is what we’re determined to progress.
Pupils’ Firm Democracy, Weinheim Town Youth Council
The democracy projects of the Weinheim Town Youth Council aim to communicate democratic capacities for action to adolescents, and encourage them to commit to diverse, democratic co-existence in an immigration society.The Town Youth Council is the first municipal contact point for the Baden-Württemberg Democracy Center. Within the framework of the pupils’ firm for Years 7 - 9, a newspaper editorial team was set up, for example, and in the election year of 2017 an under-18 election conducted.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Town Youth Council so as to communicate to adolescents in Weinheim itself an awareness both for democracy as an institutional framework for state and society, and for democratic everyday culture.www.stadtjugendring-weinheim.de
Bastian WierziochJury and Presentation
Saxony: exemplified by 60 winners of the Saxon Prize for Democracy from a total of 693 submissions since 2007. The multifaceted involvement of these initiatives shows that the state is also embracing democracy, active citizenship, liberal-mindedness and peaceful co-existence. It’s well worthwhile supporting and assisting workers for democracy.
Saxon Prize for Democracy, Amadeu Antonio Foundation
The Saxon Prize for Democracy is an accolade bestowed on initiatives that campaign against right-wing violence, for human rights, and for promoting a democratic civil society in Saxony.Worth 5,000 euros, the prize is awarded each year by the Amadeu Antonio Foundation, the Cellex Foundation, the Dirk Oelbermann Foundation, the Freudenberg Foundation and the Sebastian Cobler Foundation, and has numerous other supporters, such as the Stern magazine, the Central German Broadcasting Corporation (mdr) and several Ministers of State in Saxony. In addition, since 2014 municipal commitment has been honored with an unendowed Municipality Prize.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Saxon Prize in order to strengthen and publicly spotlight those people who on a daily basis in what are in most cases structurally disadvantaged areas stand up to right-wing-populist influences.www.demokratiepreis-sachsen.de
Our work is anchored in the belief that the path towards a democratic, inclusive and economically strong society lies in an education that nurtures and reflects those values in daily interaction with every child and their families. Connection with universal human needs is the essence of the pedagogical approach to teaching and learning of all stakeholders involved.
School for Inclusion, MIOS
The School for Inclusion project aims to ensure that the schools in Tuzla develop a more inclusive assistance culture and in particular enable socio-economically disadvantaged children and young people to be offered adequate support.For this purpose, in school development processes new didactic methods like learning through involvement and institutions like Pedagogic Workshops are established. In order to perpetuate the capabilities involved, a center for educational competences and innovations is being established on the spot.The Freudenberg Foundation supports School for Inclusion, so as to contribute towards developing in Tuzla locally responsive and at the same time field-proven models of an inclusive and democratic school culture.www.ioskole.net
Dr. Constanze JaiserProject Manager
Through a regional perspective for accessing history with the “Timetrail Urban.History & Remembrance” project, I aim to initiate a self-critical reflection on the potency of exclusionary language, and together with young people discuss the historical consequences of fascist stereotypes, of racism and anti-semitism.