We contribute towards a fair society in which all children and young people have good educational opportunities – irrespective of the region they live in and the background from which they come.
Jens LeschnerDeputy Managing Director
In times of tight budgets, voluntary municipal tasks are quickly in the focus of potential savings and often neglect the importance for social cohesion or democratic culture. To be able to fall back on a robust scientific expertise on effectiveness in this process is one of the objectives of the project.
"Smart Cities" research project, RAA Hoyerswerda/East Saxony
Taking Hoyerswerda as an example, the research project’s goal is to examine the contribution that municipal coordination can make in the field of education towards strengthening local democracies.The concept of municipal coordination stands for cross-departmental assumption of responsibility and for networking all of a community’s protagonists who are involved in a certain field of work. Originally conceived in regard to the transition from school to the workplace environment, municipal coordination can make a meaningful contribution throughout the educational system, and in other fields as well, towards using the local skills, expertise and resources to optimum effect and to strengthen democratic participation.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the research project, in order to obtain some facts on what approaches are suitable for lastingly strengthening democratic structures and equitable educational opportunities in municipalities.www.raa-hoyerswerda.de
Prof. Dr. Drorit LengyelProject Manager
Learning with and from each other, embracing potentially successful academic insights, and reflecting on our own practices and role in language-learning – those are the salient features of the One Square Kilometer of Education College of Practical Studies.
College of Practical Studies for km2 of Education, Hamburg University
The College of Practical Studies at Hamburg University aims to academically progress the work of the Pedagogic Workshops on a continuous basis and provide the staff themselves with an opportunity to acquire qualifications.The certified course has been conceived specifically for the staff of the Pedagogic Workshops, and lasts ten months. With modules like language diagnostics and fostering, project management and evaluation, it is responsively attuned to the perceived needs of the Pedagogic Workshops.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the College of Practical Studies so as to enable top-quality, effect-driven program work to be achieved while simultaneously progressing it through insights gained from both the academic community and front-line practitioners.www.ein-quadratkilometer-bildung.org
Jens LeschnerDeputy Managing Director
We want to ensure that education as part of digitalization is consciously shaped as a challenge by everyone!
Digital Education, RAA Hoyerswerda/East Saxony
The Digital Education open-space project aims to open-mindedly explore the question of what comprehensive digital education might look like in a municipal context.Inspired by the annual forum of the Weinheimer Initiative 2017, the RAA Hoyerswerda/East Saxony forms part of a specialized working group on digitalization. Within the framework of this new project, it aims to join with other local protagonists in advanced training for digital education, and to formulate project ideas, particularly for socially disadvantaged adolescents.The Freudenberg Foundation supports Digital Education, so as to provide educational protagonists with the scope to develop new and locally modified forms of democracy-driven digital education.www.raa-hoyerswerda.de
Leonie TeiglerResearch Assistant
Children and adolescents who fled to Germany have usually experienced extreme stressful situations and often also traumatic events. They need adults who are sensitive to trauma and discrimination as well as a reasonably safe environment in order to be able to learn and make contacts.
E-learning schemes for upgrading trauma- and refugee-sensitive skills, BAfF e. V.
The goal of the project launched jointly by the Nationwide Working Group of the Psychosocial Centers for Refugees and Victims of Torture (BafF) and the German Federal Association for Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (BumF) is to develop new e-learning formats for students taking a degree course in social work and student teachers, so as to provide both teachers and students, who are or will be interfacing with traumatized people and/or people with a refugee background, with the requisite skilling.Building on the ""Online training for teachers to upgrade trauma-sensitive support of children and young people with a refugee background" project likewise subsidized by us, the project responds to existing gaps in this field and to the increased demand triggered by the coronavirus crisis for substantively and didactically top-quality online solutions.The Freudenberg Stiftung is supporting the development of e-learning schemes, in order to provide pedagogic staff with modern-day formats so that they can deal competently with the specific needs of mentally stressed refugees in the educational system.www.trauma-sensibel.de
Evelyn ScholzManaging Director
For us, local coordination means working on the perspectives of each individual, together with everyone involved in education!
Education Coordination Center, RAA Hoyerswerda/East Saxony
The Education Coordination Center of the RAA in Hoyerswerda/East Saxony networks and synergizes all the local projects, institutions and sponsors involved in education, in order to improve the quality of the district’s system as a whole.The Coordination Center functions as a network node for support and mutual feedback, responds flexibly to perceived needs, and initiates change processes. In working groups and joint activities, the schools are networked with each other. The Coordination Center also provides crucial assistance in developing the new secondary school in Hoyerswerda.The Freudenberg Foundation has supported the Education Coordination Center in Hoyerswerda right from the start, since a local education portfolio can take meaningful effect only in civil-societal/municipal collaboration, and not in institutional solo efforts.www.raa-hoyerswerda.de
Franziska NagyHead of Research, Politics and Cooperations
We prioritize the potential of “Service-Learning” for integration: the project enables pupils with and without a refugee background to learn together and practice democratic participation in the district.
Education Rights for Refugees in Berlin, Foundation for Learning through Civic Engagement
The model project aims, with the aid of the Service-Learning form of teaching/learning, to encourage the democratic participation of refugee children and young people, and promote shared projects of pupils with and without a refugee background.The Foundation for Learning through Civic Engagement supports at schools the projects chosen by the pupils themselves on issues relating to migration and integration, which are seamlessly included in the curriculum.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the project to gain knowledge on how civic engagement of children and young adults with a refugee background can be strengthened, as well as how the cooperation between regular and welcoming classes can be improved. The Foundation aims to disseminate these experiences and newly-gained knowledge to other organizations and schools.www.servicelearning.de
Solveig EsmanSchool Social Worker
As a school social worker, I support newly immigrated children, young people and their families when they arrive in Berlin’s school system.
Education Rights for Refugees in Berlin-Lichtenberg, RAA Berlin
The model project in Berlin-Lichtenberg aims to prepare pupils of the welcome classes for everyday attendance at a normal school with social work, and their parents by means of multilingual educational options for the subjects covered in the curriculum.The activities include extra-curricular options for children designed to inculcate experientially practical learning, plus options like rucksack groups, which get the parents involved. The effect of language learning for non-German-speaking parents is to be analyzed as a model, so as to enable this approach to be more widely disseminated.
The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Education Rights for Refugees project in Berlin-Lichtenberg, so as to obtain orientation knowledge, and render it usable for others, on how school social work and language teaching can contribute towards inclusion of refugee children and young people in the standard system.www.raa-berlin.de
Jens WalterDeputy Project Coordinator
Safeguarding the right to education for refugee children and young people is a great opportunity for schools and child day care centers to progress their capabilities.
Education Rights for Refugees in Bernsdorf, RAA Saxony
The model project in Bernsdorf aims to enable children with a refugee background to enjoy initial low-threshold access to the education system, particularly through early language learning in child day care centers with involvement by the parents.Language learning is complemented by individual support for the children, by reading (aloud) projects, and reinforced in parent-child groups. This is designed to give the parents, too, the confidence to interact with educational institutions.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Education Rights for Refugees in Bernsdorf project, so as to obtain orientation knowledge, and render it usable for others, on how children with a refugee background can be encouraged at an early stage in child day care centers and their parents can be induced to get involved.www.netzwerk-bernsdorf.de
Prof. Dr. Yasemin KarakaşoğluResearch Director
Educational options for children and young people with a refugee background have to begin by harnessing the skills and knowledge resources they already possess. People who cannot (yet) speak German are not mute.
Education Rights for Refugees in Bremen, Bremen University
The model project of Bremen University aims to improve the language-learning and educational options open to children and young people with a refugee background in the classroom environment.For this purpose, adequate teaching materials for fostering the education of refugee children and young people are developed by students, and (trainee) teachers are skilled in closer intermeshing of German and specialized teaching, plus remedial and standard structures.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Education Rights for Refugees project of Bremen University, so as to obtain orientation knowledge for inclusive and interdisciplinary language learning for schools in the migration society, and render it usable for others.www.lehrlernwerkstatt.uni-bremen.de
Annika SchellingResearch Assistant
We see raising awareness among qualified educationalists and engaging with issues involving migrant pedagogics as the foundations of professional action. Professionalism is thus a crucial building block for successful integration and educational fairness.
Education Rights for Refugees in Frankfurt a. M., Frankfurt University
The model project of Frankfurt University aims to raise awareness of migration-pedagogic issues among teachers in training.For this purpose, the students develop and trial, together with partners inside and outside the schools, cooperative projects that combine assistance for and by refugees with in-school learning.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Education Rights for Refugees project of Frankfurt University, so as to obtain orientation knowledge, and render it usable for others, on how teachers in training can be prepared for inclusive classroom work involving pupils with a refugee background by combining the actual teaching with practical involvement.www.uni-frankfurt.de
Mia Zickerow-GrundDirector Pedagogic Workshop
Integration can succeed only as a partnership of equals! We encourage children, parents and teachers in educational institutions to engage fruitfully with each other.
Education Rights for Refugees in Fürstenwalde, RAA Brandenburg
The model project for refugees in Fürstenwalde prioritizes cooperation with the families of children with a refugee background, in order to provide them with optimum educational opportunities.Here, it is primarily the transition from the family to the school and to normal lessons that is supported, communication with the parents encouraged through rucksack- and other language-learning groups, and new approaches for their involvement trialed.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Education Rights for Refugees in Fürstenwalde project, so as to obtain orientation knowledge, and render it usable for others, on how parents and families of children with a refugee background can be successfully involved, in order to encourage their linguistic education and social inclusion.www.quadratkilometer-fuerstenwalde.de
Jutta HaugFirst Chairwoman
We aim to make children and young people strong. Language and education constitute the basis for this.
Education Rights for Refugees in Herten, Herten Community Foundation
The model project in Herten aims to strengthen with dependable activities outside the classroom the educational participation of children with a refugee background.Cultural and sporting activities or district exploration tours serve to promote language learning and real-life orientation for the children. Another focus lies on low-threshold involvement of the parents in school life.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Education Rights for Refugees in Herten project, so as to obtain orientation knowledge, and render it usable for others, on how close-to-school options for supporting more inclusive education can be deployed in the context of refugees.www.ein-quadratkilometer-bildung.org
Susann StolleDirector Pedagogic Workshop
Every person should have an opportunity to be accepted by the community and assist in shaping it. For this purpose, we identify needs and possibilities for strengthening participation.
Education Rights for Refugees in Hoyerswerda, RAA Hoyerswerda/East Saxony
The Education Rights for Refugees in Hoyerswerda project aims to make it easier for children and young people with a refugee background to access cultural and leisure facilities in the urban environment, in order to strengthen their educational and social participation.With a specially developed map, and activities like town rallies, pupils with and without a refugee background join in exploring their town. Their parents and families are also involved in informal leisure activities.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Education Rights for Refugees in Hoyerswerda project, so as to obtain orientation knowledge, and render it usable for others, as to what voluntary cooperative structures and informal education options contribute towards the inclusion of refugee children and their families.www.ein-quadratkilometer-bildung.org
Young refugees deserve to have a future in Germany. This is why, through the ikubiz Vocational Training Association, we support firms that train refugees in skilled jobs.
Education Rights for Refugees in Mannheim, ikubiz
The model project in Mannheim aims to open the way into training for young people with a refugee background in conjunction with migrant enterprises.The aim is to broker entry to orientation internships, the acquisition of entry-level occupational qualifications, and training in small and mid-tier migrant enterprises. With a variety of advanced-training and exchange formats, plus individual counseling, ikubiz supports both the trainees and the companies concerned.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Educational Rights for Refugees in Mannheim project, so as to obtain orientation knowledge, and render it usable for others, as to what role entrepreneurs with a migrant background can play for training refugees.www.ikubiz.de
Thomas EversDirector Pedagogic Workshop
Enabling children and young people to quickly acquire soundly based language skills is one vital building block for successful integration. Another one is reaching out to the parents of these children and successfully involving them in the child day care center and school systems. For both these goals, you need professionalism and resources, but also a caring heart.
Education Rights for Refugees in Neubrandenburg, RAA Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
The model project in Neubrandenburg aims to foster coherently coordinated language learning for children with a refugee background in local education networks, so as to provide them with a good start in child day care centers and schools.For this purpose, the project disseminates the language-learning programs Rucksack Child Day Care Center and Rucksack School in the local education network and trains pedagogic staff in the fields of linguistic education and intercultural sensitivity.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Education Rights for Refugees in Neubrandenburg project, so as to obtain orientation knowledge, and render it usable for others, on how advanced pedagogic training and material development can be locally perpetuated in a refugee context and supra-regionally disseminated.www.ein-quadratkilometer-bildung.org
Michaela UrbitschHead of Division
Our educational mentors lend a helping hand to children and young people with very rudimentary knowledge of German or none at all, in order to provide them with individualized support matched to their abilities and skills, so that they fit in with the educational system here. In conjunction with the teaching staff and as a communicatory bridge to the parents, whom we are keen to bring on board as active learning facilitators, we support individualized learning and prepare academic methods of educational research for practical applications as supporting materials.
Education Rights for Refugees in Weinheim, Integration Central
The model project of Integration Central in Weinheim aims to enable children and young people with a refugee background to participate on an equal footing in educational opportunities by deploying educational mentors.With the aid of educational mentors who work together in a team with the teachers concerned at mainstream schools, the project aims to assist children without or with only rudimentary knowledge of German to participate as soon as possible in the normal curriculum and social life.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Education Rights for Refugees project of Integration Central, so as to obtain orientation knowledge, and render it usable for others, on how with the aid of educational mentors an inclusive standard curriculum can be designed.www.bildungsbuero.wordpress.com
Brigitte WeichertHead of Division
Vocational training mentors – a new concept for individual counseling of young refugees
Education Rights for Refugees in Weinheim, Job Central
In the model project of Job Central in Weinheim, vocational training mentors are used in vocational schools so as to assist young people with a refugee background in planning their future careers.For this purpose, in the preparatory classes for young people without any knowledge of German, extra-curricular options for fostering trainability, career orientation and working-world exploration are trialed, and the pupils individually supported on their path to training and jobs.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Education Rights for Refugees project of Job Central, so as to obtain orientation knowledge, and render it usable for others, on how young people with a refugee background can with the aid of vocational training mentors find their feet on the education and labor markets.www.jobcentral.de
Steffi KubikEducational Assistant
Education can’t wait.
Education Rights for Refugees in Wuppertal, Alte Feuerwache
The Education Rights for Refugees in Wuppertal project prioritizes relational or educational options outside the curriculum or the school environment, so as to foster the individual learning and development process among children with a refugee background.One of the keynote goals is to strengthen a reading, writing and narrative culture, and also inclusive approaches for initial lessons in mathematics.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Education Rights for Refugees in Wuppertal project, so as to obtain orientation knowledge, and render it usable for others, on how literacy methods can contribute towards strengthening not only language skills, but also the children’s entire personalities.www.ein-quadratkilometer-bildung.org
Miriam WeilbrennerCoordinator, LaKI NRW
In regard to educational fairness and equal social participation, the challenges in the different regions of Germany are highly disparate. In the federal working group of the RAA (Regional Center for Education, Integration and Democracy), we come together in order to review our cooperative and sustainable approaches and to learn from each other, thus fostering effective democratic participation.
Federal Working Group of the RAAs
The Federal Working Group of the RAAs is a self-organized forum of the Regional Centers for substantive mutual feedback and cooperation within the network.Its principal focuses are on mutual empirical feedback, advanced training, the trialing of model projects and the establishment of substantive standards in the fields of education and social inclusion.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Federal Working Group of the RAAs, so that the Regional Centers can synergize and jointly progress their competences and expertise in their supra-regional remits. www.bag-raa.de
Adora UdogwuProject Manager
The "Focus - Perspectives for young refugees in the context of new social and legal discourses" project intends to examine the question of how, despite new exclusionary laws and discourses, young refugees can still be enabled to practice social participation.Building on the practice-based knowledge and experience of young refugees, structural problem situations are identified and recommendations for appropriate action drawn up for both frontline practitioners and a specialist audience, with a particular focus on specific regional and local problem areas and on best-practice examples.The Freudenberg Foundation is supporting Focus, in order to make a contribution towards opening up future prospects for all refugees, irrespective of where they come from and of other preconditions, and countering discriminatory structures and practices.www.b-umf.de
Alexander DiepoldManaging Director
Equitable participation in society is the right of all people to free development of their talents and abilities, the right to security and the right to be a recognized part of this society, irrespective of their origins, their ethnicity, their religion, the color of their skin or their gender identity. The HLS embraces its obligation to help secure these fundamental rights, particularly in enabling the Sinti and Roma living in Germany to enjoy equal access to all significant life-enhancing values.
Hildegard Lagrenne Foundation
The Hildegard Lagrenne Foundation offers people with a Romno background, irrespective of their nationality, a platform and contact point for acquiring additional skills, organizing themselves, and getting involved in society.The foundation’s work subsumes public relations and political information provision on the history and culture of the Sinti and Roma, professionalization and networking of the communities concerned, plus educational support and counseling for individuals with a Romno background.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Hildegard Lagrenne Foundation, in order to strengthen the institutional participation and the individual educational opportunities of Sinti and Roma, without producing new exclusions.www.lagrenne-stiftung.de
Magdalena WeinsziehrProject Manager
We want to create an awareness that people with disabilities are an integral part of our workplace society and that inclusion constitutes an added value for everyone.
Inclusion through Work, bag if
The “Inclusion through Work – AddedValue for all” project of the Federal Working Group for Inclusion Firms endeavors to ensure that companies become more receptive towards employing people with handicaps, particularly those suffering from mental illness.For this purpose, the working group intends to disseminate the inclusive employment approach in a three-year educational campaign, and map out for employers the opportunities and prospects opened up by inclusive employment.The Freudenberg Foundation supports “Inclusion through Work – AddedValue for all”, so that people with mental handicaps can find work – at least on an hourly basis – that is within their capabilities.www.bag-if.de
Sabine MichaelGeneral Manager
Our excellent staff as the “Weinheim Educational Chain”, plus motivation and passion, develop best when we repeatedly adopt the perspective of very specific children and young people. When we repeatedly ask direct questions of the children and young people concerned, follow up on them, build relationships, learn to attentively perceive.
Integration Central aims to enable all children and young people in Weinheim to achieve smoothly successful transitions, from the child day care centers all the way through to a first job.For this purpose, Integration Central works closely together with educational institutions, and involves the parents of the children and young people in the programs for both language training and career counseling. Educational mentors integrated into the school’s everyday routine support children and young people at primary and secondary schools to suit the requirements of the individual involved.The Freudenberg Foundation supports Integration Central, so as to promote biographically concurrent and socially inclusive educational support in conjunction with the municipal authorities, civil society and migrant self-organizations at the location concerned.www.bildungsbuero.wordpress.com
Carina HahnProject Manager
As the funding agency in Berlin, we aim to further upgrade our intercultural skills so that we can offer our experience, assistance and support to people with a refugee background suffering from addictions or mental illnesses. With the funding from the Freudenberg Foundation, we have made very considerable progress in this task and further professionalized our operations.
Integration of Refugees, Weissensee Integration Firms
The Integration of Refugees project of the Weissensee Integration Firms aims to provide access to professionally expert counseling for mentally ill people with a refugee background.The low-threshold support is provided in the communal accommodation centers for asylum-seekers and the premises of WIB GmbH. The refugees involved are supported in accordance with their individual situation in finding a job, but also in assisted individual housing.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Integration of Refugees project, so as to break down linguistic-cultural and legal-economic impediments in order to give refugees with mental illnesses a prospect of social participation.www.wib-verbund.de
Jürgen RipplingerManaging Director
Job Central e.V. – the regional youth agency opens up new prospects for teenagers and young adults
Job Central is a specialized agency for counseling and supporting young people who are transitioning from the school to the workplace environment; in and around Weinheim, it conceives and implements measures for career advice at mainstream and vocational schools.One major focus is the approach of individualized support for young people with educational and/or social problems. Job Central has progressed this approach specifically for the needs of young people with a refugee background and for the curriculum of Baden-Württemberg’s model educational path in preparation for vocational training (AVdual).The Freudenberg Foundation supports Job Central, so that in a municipal/civil-societal partnership exemplary paths from the school to a job can be trialed and consolidated.www.jobcentral.de
Sabina Sinanović ĆatibušićProgram Coordinator
Individuals with equal access to all community resources can take control of their own lives and thus become a genuine part of inclusive community development.
Kiseljak Regional Model, Tuzla Community Foundation
The Tuzla Community Foundation (Bosnia) aims to put in place a fully functional economic and social community in the structurally very weak district of Kiseljak.Among the crucial elements of the project work is the local primary school, which by introducing Roma-school mediation and setting up a Pedagogic Workshop aims to meet the educational needs of their mostly very poor children. Moreover, in close collaboration with the local Roma organizations, a community center for economic and social initiatives is being built. The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Kiseljak Regional Model, so as to trial the example of a holistic development approach for a highly marginalized district in Tuzla, enabling it to be extended to other contexts.www.fondacijatz.org
Vesna LovrićSenior Project Manager
It’s gratifying to see that even after ten years confidence in the Pedagogic Workshop’s work is high, and our collaboration with the institutions in the district is fully recognized. Not only are the educationalists taking a long-termist approach to the large and small change processes involved, the pupils are also keen to be a part of the transformation!
km2 of Education in Berlin-Neukölln, campus education squared
After the program of One Square Kilometer of Education in Berlin-Neukölln had ended, the aim of the consolidation phase is to transfer essential elements of the educational network like the Pedagogic Workshop into the mainstream structures, so as to enable children and young people in socially disadvantaged environments to continue to achieve successful educational biographies.km2 of Education in Berlin-Neukölln focused particularly on successful transitions from the child day care center to the primary school, then to the secondary school, on a supportive learning environment, curriculum development and on extracurricular options for the pupils of the Campus Rütli that complemented the lessons.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the consolidation of km2 of Education in Berlin-Neukölln because the program’s approach of harnessing existing potential and individual educational processes has been vindicated.www.campusbildungimquadrat.eu/ein-quadratkilometer-bildung
Anika NoackDirector Pedagogic Workshop
The task of the learning environment is not to shape the children, but to allow them to reveal themselves. (Maria Montessori)
km2 of Education in Bernsdorf, RAA Saxony
One Square Kilometer of Education in Bernsdorf is a network of public and private-sector educational institutions, which enables children and young people to achieve individually successful educational biographies, on the basis of local needs and with the Pedagogic Workshop as a nodal point.One major focus of One Square Kilometer of Education in Bernsdorf is the networking of educational institutions with the community and fostering a democratic mindset among the pupils. Another is individualized learning support, focusing on linguistic and reading skills.The Freudenberg Foundation supports km2 of Education in Bernsdorf as a local model, so as to strengthen holistic educational processes, with a particular focus on children’s democratic participatory skills.www.ein-quadratkilometer-bildung.org
Sabrina KremzowDirector Pedagogic Workshop
We want to offer children and adolescents a learning environment in which they can gain a wide range of experience so that they are empowered to make a self-determined choice for or against something.
km2 of Education in Brandenburg a. d. Havel, Community Foundation Brandenburg a. d. Havel
One Square Kilometer of Education in Brandenburg a. d. Havel is a network of public and private-sector educational institutions that enables children to pursue individually successful educational biographies attuned to local needs and with the Pedagogic Workshop as the nodal hub.One Square Kilometer of Education in Brandenburg a. d. Havel focuses on countering the educational disadvantages of children, young people, and their families in an urban district severely affected by poverty. For this purpose, key persons from the education institutions are networked, for example, parents are activated, and other appropriate measures are developed.With km2 of Education in Brandenburg a. d. Havel, the Freudenberg Foundation is supporting a local model designed as a long-term counter to social segregation and insufficient social participation, particularly in large housing estates in the east of Germany.www.ein-quadratkilometer-bildung.org
Anna FringsProject Manager
The Pedagogic Workshop provides protagonists at different formal and informal educational institutions with scope for strengthening the efficacy of networking and initiating specific cooperative projects. Thanks to this local educational alliance, individual scholastic success for the district’s children and young people is supported.
km2 of Education in Dortmund, schul.inn.do
One Square Kilometer of Education in Dortmund is a network of public and private-sector educational institutions, which enables children to achieve individually successful educational biographies, on the basis of local needs and with the Pedagogic Workshop as a nodal point.One Square Kilometer of Education in Dortmund focuses on early and coherently coordinated language-learning with the involvement of the parents, from the child day care center to the primary school.The Freudenberg Foundation supports km2 of Education in Dortmund as a local model, so as to reduce linguistically entailed educational disadvantages together with parents and educational institutions as early as possible.www.ein-quadratkilometer-bildung.org
Mia Zickerow-GrundDirector Pedagogic Workshop
Integration can succeed only as a partnership of equals! We encourage children, parents and teachers in educational institutions to engage fruitfully with each other.
km2 of Education in Fürstenwalde, RAA Brandenburg
One Square Kilometer of Education in Fürstenwalde is a network of public and private-sector educational institutions, which enables children to achieve individually successful educational biographies, on the basis of local needs and with the Pedagogic Workshop as a nodal point.One of the priorities of One Square Kilometer of Education in Fürstenwalde is strengthening the local educational structures; it is also involved in numerous measures for quality assurance in schools. Another operational priority is the modalities of educational transitions.The Freudenberg Foundation supports km2 of Education in Fürstenwalde as a local model, so as to strengthen the structural preconditions of schools and child day care centers for high-quality, inclusive education.www.ein-quadratkilometer-bildung.org
Ulrike PrinzProject Manager
By putting local networks in place, hitherto unused resources are activated for career-boosting developmental support of children and young people, and synergetic effects initiated in the training matrix, contributing towards improving individual training opportunities.
km2 of Education in Herten, Herten Community Foundation
One Square Kilometer of Education in Herten is a network of public and private-sector educational institutions, which enables children to achieve individually successful educational biographies, on the basis of local needs and with the Pedagogic Workshop as a nodal point.One Square Kilometer of Education in Herten focuses on early support for children aged four and over, with the involvement of their parents, but also on developing skills in science, support for individuals and small groups, and on expanding extracurricular leisure and holiday options.The Freudenberg Foundation supports km2 of Education in Herten as a local model, so as to identify the necessity of support for children at an early stage, and to provide such support on a cross-institutional basis.www.ein-quadratkilometer-bildung.org
Susann StolleDirector Pedagogic Workshop
Our remit and our responsibility is to strengthen, to support and to encourage children as they develop through the various stages on life’s pathway! Since it’s the children of today who will be shaping the future!
km2 of Education in Hoyerswerda, RAA Hoyerswerda / East Saxony
One Square Kilometer of Education in Hoyerswerda is a network of public and private-sector educational institutions, which enables children to achieve individually successful educational biographies, on the basis of local needs and with the Pedagogic Workshop as a nodal point.One major focus of One Square Kilometer of Education in Hoyerswerda is on continuous upgrading of the child day care center and school program. Cornerstones of the programmatic work also include collaboration with the parents, individual supporting measures, and the expansion of local cooperative arrangements.The Freudenberg Foundation supports km2 of Education in Hoyerswerda as a local model, so as to match the institutional educational system more effectively to the children’s needs by means of innovative, coherently coordinated teaching and learning concepts and municipal networking initiatives.www.ein-quadratkilometer-bildung.org
Thomas EversDirector Pedagogic Workshop
We won’t be able to change or fundamentally influence the challenges in the district. But our network can definitely contribute towards directing shared, benevolent and long-term attention to the educational biographies of the children and young people in the Oststadt district.
km2 of Education in Neubrandenburg, RAA Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
One Square Kilometer of Education in Neubrandenburg is a network of public and private-sector educational institutions, which enables children to achieve individually successful educational biographies, on the basis of local needs and with the Pedagogic Workshop as a nodal point.One major priority embraced by One Square Kilometer of Education in Neubrandenburg is designing the transitions between child day care centers, primary and secondary schools, and strengthening language skills. The work of the Pedagogic Workshop focuses here primarily on supporting the educational specialists and teachers involved.The Freudenberg Foundation supports km2 of Education in Neubrandenburg as a local model, so as to enable educationalists to support and assist children on a cross-school basis.www.ein-quadratkilometer-bildung.org
Eva SomreiDirector Pedagogic Workshop
We are proactively endeavoring to promote educational opportunities in the district.
km2 of Education in Wuppertal, Alte Feuerwache
One Square Kilometer of Education in Wuppertal is a network of public and private-sector educational institutions, which enables children to achieve individually successful educational biographies, on the basis of local needs and with the Pedagogic Workshop as a nodal point.One Square Kilometer of Education in Wuppertal focuses particularly on fostering reading and writing skills with literacy rooms and parent-child groups that work with the concepts of Ready-to-Hand and Rucksack. Moreover, children with special needs are supported with individualized learning assistance, and the afternoon options provided by the cooperating schools are being expanded.The Freudenberg Foundation supports km2 of Education in Wuppertal as a local model, so as to design successful educational pathways with language lessons and individualized learning support.www.ein-quadratkilometer-bildung.org
Marike MeinzSenior Project Manager
My goal is to ensure that all children and young people have good educational opportunities.
km2 of Education, Learning Platform
The Learning Platform of the One Square Kilometer of Education program supports nationwide networking and knowledge transfer between the staff of the Pedagogic Workshops and other vital partners at the program’s locations.Besides mutual feedback, the Learning Platform’s remit also includes assuring and upgrading the quality of the program, supporting transfer projects, and strengthening the approach of km2 of Education nationwide. Significant milestones here include the finalized evaluation of km2 of Education in Berlin-Neukölln in 2017 and since 2018 the College of Practical Studies in conjunction with Hamburg University.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Learning Platform, so as to continuously progress the km2 of Education program by means of peer learning and academic support, and prepare it for consolidation processes.www.ein-quadratkilometer-bildung.eu
Kristina KrieftCoordinator (NRW) Rucksack School
Rucksack School is a program for elementary school children, which combines teaching and school development with continuous language education and which actively involves families/parents within the framework of educational partnerships.
Language-training programs "Griffbereit" and "Rucksack"
The "Griffbereit", "Rucksack Kita" and "School Rucksack" programs foster coherently coordinated language-learning for children growing up in a multilingual environment, by incorporating as an essential element the languages of their families/origins and focusing on empowerment and the involvement of the families concerned.The longitudinal study conducted by Hamburg University has shown that the School Rucksack program encourages balanced bilingual capabilities. In addition, it alleviates the effects of social origins on linguistic skills and strengthens the practical efficacy of the language training, particularly in German.The Freudenberg Foundation, in conjunction with the State Coordination Office of the North Rhine-Westphalian Municipal Integration Centers (LaKI NRW), helps to progress "Griffbereit" and "Rucksack", so as to enable all children to enjoy contemporary language-learning of proven efficacy.www.kommunale-integrationszentren-nrw.de
Ante RašićProject Manager
Learning practice workshop – a low-threshold option designed to prepare young people for the training and job markets
Learning-Practice Workshop, Job Central
The Learning-Practice Workshop prepares young people with a refugee background for (re-)entering the workplace world, even if they cannot as yet meet the formal requirements of school and vocational training options. The particular focus here is on young adult refugees.The Learning-Practice Workshop aims to determine and improve the competences of the participants in terms of both vocational practice and soft skills. In its own workshop, and outside it as well, charitable tasks are pursued and products with a real value created.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Learning-Practice Workshop so as to fill gaps in the state regulatory system and open the door to the labor and education market still further for young refugees.www.jobcentral.de
Dr. Claudia SeeleProject Manager
Multilingualism is a treasure. With our project "Living multilingualism!" we want to support families with and without migration background as well as institutions of early childhood education to empower young children in all their languages and to recognize and develop multilingualism as a resource.
Living multilingualism!, RAA Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
The goal of the "Living multilingualism!" model project is to ensure that the Ready-to-Hand and Child Day Care Center Rucksack language-training and family education programs are being more widely adopted throughout Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.The programs foster coherently coordinated language-learning for children growing up in a multilingual environment, by incorporating as an essential element the languages of their families/origins and focusing on empowerment and the involvement of the families concerned.The Freudenberg Foundation is supporting "Living multilingualism!", in order to enable all children to enjoy contemporary, non-discriminatory language-learning and to foster awareness of and responsiveness to diversity among staff in educational institutions.www.mehrsprachigkeit-leben.de
Silvia PlonerCurator Temporary Gallery
When children and young people, and professional artists and performers, encounter each other and work together in a situationally responsive framework, a space is created that permits fresh perspectives on the known.
Local art projects
With nationwide art projects, the Freudenberg Foundation aims to provide access to art for children and young people, particularly from families living in poverty. Besides projects in Weinheim, the Temporary Gallery on the Campus Rütli in Berlin-Neukölln is regularly supported.Once a year, the Temporary Gallery, together with the children and young people from One Square Kilometer of Education in Berlin-Neukölln, organizes an exhibition designed to acquaint them with contemporary visual arts themed around socially relevant issues.The Freudenberg Foundation supports art projects nationwide, because art is an integral constituent of holistic education.www.campusbildungimquadrat.eu
Dr. Andrés NaderManaging Director
Our pluralistic society motivates and inspires my work. This consists of giving children and young people confronted with social barriers an opportunity for fair education.
The Regional Center for Education, Integration and Democracy (RAA) Berlin develops and supports participation projects in schools, school environments and municipalities, so as to strengthen educational fairness and social participation.The options offered by the RAA Berlin are aimed at everyone involved in the educational process, and subsume youth work at schools, counseling and advanced training of pedagogic specialists, working with parents, and language support programs. Particular cornerstones of its work include diversity-driven counseling and organizational development, the Roma School Mediation and the Rucksack program.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the RAA Berlin, because it is committed to providing long-term support for educational institutions in their endeavors to assist all children and young people in developing their potentials. www.raa-berlin.de
Alfred RoosManaging Director
Our society has a never-ending mission to accomplish: the integration of all its members. This involves not only the integration of immigrants. Democratic integration means democratically shaping the never-ending and in most cases conflict-laden transformation of a society.
The Regional Center for Education, Integration and Democracy (RAA) Brandenburg develops on a state-wide basis educational options for multipliers, so as to raise awareness for cultural and religious heterogeneity and for democracy as an institutional framework for life and society.The options offered by the RAA Brandenburg include school and child day care center development for the needs of a migration society, a specialized office for Islamic affairs, and numerous school projects against racism and for democratic involvement.The Freudenberg Foundation supports die RAA Brandenburg, so as with the aid of multipliers to enable an inclusive, democratic culture to be strengthened and disseminated at educational institutions.www.raa-brandenburg.de
With our work, we aim to shape education and democracy as fundamental cornerstones of our society!
RAA Hoyerswerda/East Saxony
The RAA Hoyerswerda / East Saxony is a partner for local educational facilities with the aim of strengthening the education, democratic awareness and life prospects of young people through networking and project work.In schools, the RAA Hoyerswerda / East Saxony initiates and conducts projects on education in democracy, human rights and political/historical issues, and provides support for career orientation. Another focus is promoting respect for immigrants and fostering intercultural competence.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the RAA Hoyerswerda / East Saxony, because in structurally weak areas it is all the more important to keep democratic culture alive.www.raa-hoyerswerda.de
Christian UtpatelManaging Director
We see our biggest challenge as supporting the development of a living democratic culture in schools and communities in rural areas.
RAA Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
The RAA Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania develops and supports on a state-wide basis projects for educational work with children and young people, so as to strengthen democratic culture and social cohesion in schools, youth work and the community.The numerous school projects supported by the RAA Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania include dissemination of the teaching/learning approach Learning by Involvement, the promotion of acquiring the neighboring country’s language in the German-Polish border region, plus options for children and young people with a refugee background.The Freudenberg Foundation supports die RAA Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, so that children and young people in schools and school environments, regardless of their milieu and origins, take on board democratic thought and action, and receive equal access to education.www.raa-mv.de
Robert KuscheManaging Director
The RAA Sachsen e.V. is a dependable partner for democracy and integration in Saxony. We proactively and responsively campaign for the concerns of the victims of right-wing violence. We provide municipalities with cogently creative local schemes, and communicate democratic values and human rights with our educational options. With innovative projects, we organize participation opportunities and provide a critical voice in the public debate.
The RAA Saxony campaigns for a democratic society with programs in the fields of education, victim counseling, and local trialing of new models throughout the state.Besides lobbying and committee work, the RAA Saxony also focuses on counseling and support for victims of right-wing-motivated and racist violence. In the field of education, multipliers for an inclusive, open community are trained in peer leadership and intercultural sensitivity.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the RAA Saxony, because for disseminating and anchoring democratic culture it needs a potent local motor and network node for both preventive and interventional capabilities.www.raa-sachsen.com
My father Rolf Engelbrecht, born in Alsace, graduated from high school in Holland, persecuted during the Third Reich, was elected Lord Mayor by Weinheim’s citizens in 1948. From his eventful experience, mutual understanding between peoples and cultures became one of his paramount goals in life. The town of Weinheim has meritoriously taken this mindset on board by awarding a Rolf Engelbrecht Prize.
Rolf Engelbrecht Prize
The Rolf Engelbrecht Prize is awarded to individuals and initiatives in Weinheim that campaign for equitable co-existence in a democratic urban society.In memory of Rolf Engelbrecht, a Weinheim-based lawyer whose licence to practise had been withdrawn by the Nazi bureaucrats, who fled to his mother in the Netherlands in 1942 and was the first freely elected mayor of Weinheim after the Second World War, Weinheim Town Council, the Weinheim Community Foundation and the Freudenberg Foundation award the prize, worth 2,000 euros, every two years.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Rolf Engelbrecht Prize, so as to publicize democratic civil-societal commitment on the spot, and to encourage emulation and involvement.www.buergerstiftung-weinheim.de
Salija IsmailovicSchool Mediator
My work focuses on the transitions for disadvantaged children and young people: into the primary school, from the primary school into the secondary school and then into the workplace world.
Roma Education Strategy, Berlin-Mitte, RAA Berlin
The Roma Education Strategy in Berlin-Mitte of the RAA Berlin aims to strengthen educational support for children from immigrant Roma families in child day care centers and schools in collaboration with the district administration.The education strategy enables the RAA Berlin to supplement, stabilize and further upgrade its support options at four schools in Wedding and Moabit, and in addition to improve communication with the government agencies involved, such as the Youth Welfare Office and the District Authority.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Roma Education Strategy in Berlin-Mitte, so as to structurally anchor in the long term educational fairness for multiply disadvantaged children and their parents through collaboration between civil society and the administrative agencies.www.raa-berlin.de
Jan DeekenProject manager
Roma school mediation Dortmund, schul.inn.do
The goal of the cooperation agreement between the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Dortmund City Council and the Freudenberg Foundation is to trial the deployment of Roma school mediators in Dortmund’s northern district, to progress this approach and anchor it in the long term.Roma school mediation wants to build a bridge between teachers, parents and pupils, so as to improve the educational opportunities of children and young people with a Romno background. The mediators support the pupils in the classroom environment and outside school as well, keep in contact with their families, and mediate in the event of any conflict or information shortfalls between school and parents.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Roma school mediation in Dortmund, in order to stand up for equitable educational opportunities for all adolescents and combat antiziganist discrimination, together with the city and the state.www.dortmund.de
Sabina SalimovskaSchool Mediator
When you support access to education for a Roma child, you’re supporting the inclusion of all children. The Roma School Mediators are tasked with supporting this process.
Roma School Mediation, RAA Berlin
The Roma School Mediation in the districts of Berlin-Central, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg and Lichtenberg aims to build a bridge between teachers, parents and pupils, so as to improve the educational chances of children and young people with a Romno background.The mediators support the pupils inside and outside the classroom, remain in contact with their families, and in the event of conflicts or a need for information arbitrate between the school’s staff and the parental home. The program focuses on continuous advanced training and further skilling of the mediators.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Roma School Mediation, so as to contribute towards an inclusive school environment, in which discrimination-entailed educational disadvantages are offset by responsively tailored high-quality options.www.raa-berlin.de
Claudia RustigeManaging Director
We stand for a form of social entrepreneurship in which it’s normal to be different, and demonstrate that inclusion of people with disabilities is possible in the workplace environment.
Rudolf Freudenberg Prize, bag if
Every year, the Rudolf Freudenberg Prize is awarded in recognition of innovative business ideas from inclusion-driven companies, so as to draw attention to the fact that the vocational inclusion of people with disabilities and mental illnesses is possible and harbors potentials and opportunities for employers as well.Worth 5,000 euros, the prize commemorates the social psychiatrist Dr. Rudolf Freudenberg, who in the Nazi era had to emigrate to England, and is regarded as the pioneer for work-oriented reform of psychiatry.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Rudolf Freudenberg Prize, so as to raise the awareness levels of companies, and of society as a whole for the vocational inclusion of people with disabilities.www.bag-if.de
Equal opportunities for everyone in the education, personal efforts and self- investment are a prerequisite for a better life.
Skopje Association Center for Educational Support of Children
The Dendo Vas Education Center in Skopje aims by means of school-concurrent support and the provision of school material to upgrade the educational opportunities of socially disadvantaged children.The activities concerned are aimed particularly at the children of the local Roma families who are in an especially weak financial position and are affected by social exclusion.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Dendo Vas Education Center, so as at a place with difficult starting conditions to make a contribution towards a socially inclusive school life.
Johannes FauserProject Manager
The series of events has established itself as a permanent constituent of school-centered career pathway planning. Young people map out perspectives within the framework of a peer-to-peer involvement and communicate insights into and information on secondary schools and about the vocational and workplace worlds.
Trainees inform pupils, Job Central
The “Trainees inform pupils” project aims to enable young people to pass on at first hand their experiences on the path to training and a job to their peers.The informational and mutual-feedback events are held in the classroom, and are accompanied by preparatory and review sessions, with chairing provided. The focus here is on the individual perspectives of the young people in regard to their experiences in the job application process, in the firm, and in vocational college.The Freudenberg Foundation supports “Trainees inform pupils”, because mutual feedback on an equal footing, and based on real experiences, takes young people seriously and enables them to plan their own career paths themselves.www.jobcentral.de
We strengthen the commitment of the self-employed from the migrant economy to sandwich courses and securing a supply of appropriately skilled job applicants. Together, we identify and foster potentials, and render diversity visible.
Vocational Training Association, ikubiz
The ikubiz Vocational Training Association aims to place young people with disadvantageous starting conditions in training, and for this purpose to bring on board small and mid-tier enterprises as training companies.The Vocational Training Association is a coordination center for the companies and trainees involved, the contact point for all questions relating to vocational training, and a provider of external advanced training opportunities. Its activities are designed to assist the young people and to strengthen the small and mid-tier enterprises and the regional market for skilled personnel.The Freudenberg Foundation supports the Vocational Training Association, so as to give an opportunity for professional training to those young people whose profiles at first glance do not match most firms’ ideal wish list.www.ikubiz.de
Dr. Wilfried KruseCoordinator
Municipal coordination and local responsibility-sharing for successful educational biographies – that’s how I see the Weinheimer Initiative Working Group.