A great deal is expected of the state school system in Germany: it is expected to provide children and young people with specialist knowledge and methods expertise; it is expected to turn them into responsible citizens and provide them with the necessary skills to survive in an ever-changing world; and it is expected to encourage them to take an active part in helping to shape society. As part of its Schools programme, the Schöpflin Foundation supports initiatives that help schools to meet these challenges. These initiatives equip young people for later life because the initiatives work directly on the schools and promote change from within. The initiatives focus on approaches that enable all children and young people – irrespective of their social or ethnic background – to experience skills-related learning. Thus, the initiatives contribute to children and young people discovering and deploying their individual potential. In this way, young people are helped to find their place in society.
Das macht Schule helps teachers to implement practical projects and thereby equip their students for the future. This initiative activates, empowers and supports teachers. Das macht Schule provides free, online project instructions and tools so that teachers can run practical projects which then give students hands-on experience as well as a sense of having participated in something. The scheme does not require high levels of skill, is available throughout Germany and is scalable.
By supporting the Das macht Schule initiative, the Schöpflin Foundation is having a direct impact in schools. The Foundation is therefore able to play its part in ensuring that, through projects undertaken together, both students and teachers acquire the skills they will need in order to play an active role in the society of the future. Given its easy-access approach, Das macht Schule is able to operate throughout Germany and has the potential to change schools from within.
Our primary goal here is to ensure that every school child leaves school with the skills that he or she will need to achieve his or her full potential, to lead a successful life and to play an active role in the further development of society. The scheme enables teachers, for their part, to experience and appreciate the value of participatory projects. The scheme enables students to take responsibility, to acquire personal and social skills and to get involved in a project in a way that is meaningful.
Stiftung Bildung und Gesellschaft
Stiftung Mercator GmbH
Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft e.V.
Teach First Deutschland gGmbH
Wübben Stiftung gGmbH
Das Deutsche Lehrerforum (German Teachers Forum) is an independent initiative for dedicated teachers, irrespective of the type of school in which they work. Teachers can use the Forum as a platform to work with fellow teachers to further develop their skills. Participants examine their own hands-on teaching and project experiences, reflect together on concrete examples and then draft recommendations for action. They then return to their respective schools to put into practice what they have learnt.
By supporting this Forum, the Schöpflin Foundation is able to put dedicated teachers in touch with one another so that they can network. This project also enables the Foundation to promote innovative teaching and learning methods. The Forum’s large network also gives the Schöpflin Foundation access to a great many more schools, teachers and pupils.
Das Deutsche Lehrerforum works towards further strengthening the professionalism of its participating teachers. It also provides them with a national platform where they can exchange ideas and network with one another. In turn, this then leads to their work and their dedication being held in higher regard. The Forum is also able to advise politicians, teacher training establishments and the general public about the issues that are of particular concern to the country’s most outstanding teachers.
Software AG Stiftung
Vodafone Stiftung Deutschland
Wübben Stiftung gGmbH
Through its various programmes, EDUCATION Y provides sustainable support to families – but also to school teachers and nursery school staff who, in turn, support children and young people through important stages of their lives. EDUCATION Y aims to work with families and teachers to help adolescents freely develop their talents and potential - particularly during these times of digital and social change. They must be able to lead an independent and self-determined life while playing a fully active role in society.
EDUCATION Y, together with the K21-Allianz, is driving through real educational reform. The K21-Allianz – a leadership network that promotes innovation in education – focuses on strengthening the personalities of children and young people while at the same time empowering them to keep abreast of developments in society and to get involved in shaping those developments.
Together our aim is to ensure that children acquire the key skills they need for the 21st Century. We also want to campaign for children to be empowered and ensure that they have a key role to play in our democracy.
Stiftung Mercator GmbH
InterACT English is dedicated to using art forms to teach and communicate. Through innovative programmes it teaches English as a foreign language to both students and teachers. The company follows a philosophy which it calls »learning through doing«. This experimental approach appeals to decision-makers, teachers and students alike. Through its diverse teaching programmes InterACT English makes a key contribution to cultural education in German schools.
We believe that by using art and culture as a playful means for learning English, students are given the opportunity to develop their potential, experience self-effectiveness and broaden their horizons. We are working with InterACT English to make cultural education a fixed component of the school curriculum and to bring about cultural change.
We want more young people to have access to innovative foreign language courses – both now and in the future. To achieve this, we want to develop a sustainable and social business model for InterACT English. This joint project between our two organisations is creating stability, growth and greater professionalism.
BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt
Robert Bosch Stiftung
ProjectTogether enables young people to take an active role in creating the future. The project provides them with one-on-one coaching by phone to help them to develop and implement social projects. The aim is to create a civil society in which young people use their potential to tackle modern-day challenges.
By funding ProjectTogether we are helping young people to believe in themselves and their ideas while establishing a project that is socially important. Through this initiative, the project initiators become the active creators of a more liveable and just world. We will work with ProjectTogether to make this vision a reality.
By establishing social projects, we are creating »entry points« to a more meaningful life. This is why, together, we are developing »entry points« for young project initiators. The telephone-coaching scheme developed by ProjectTogether provides the structure and clarity that young people need to get involved with civil society. Positive experiences of this kind form the basis for playing an active role in society.