Learning is the sum of discovery and experience. In a constantly changing world, we create spaces of experience that invite people to initiate processes and actively shape change. We see school as a place of educational innovation and participation, where children and young people can freely develop as creators of the day after tomorrow. The Schöpflin Foundation supports its partners in finding new answers and concrete ways for the school of the future.
Through its »Learning & Participation« program, the Schöpflin Foundation supports nationwide non-profit initiatives that promote internal learning and change processes at places of learning and schools in partnership with the teaching staff. Similarly, the program also supports these initiatives with the development of innovative solutions for current societal challenges. The program focuses on working with teachers and multipliers as well as with organizations and institutions.
In particular, we promote approaches that enrich schools through external impulses and thereby enable teachers to give all children and young people – regardless of their social and ethnic background – the opportunity to receive good and up-to-date learning and to develop self-effectiveness. We are convinced that human relationships and the quality of human interaction are of key importance in this regard.
The promotion of youth participation is central to how this program works. We believe that it is never too early to learn about and test democratic participation and co-determination. The experience of self-effectiveness and responsibility will help children, adolescents and young adults to become active shapers of their own lives and of society as a whole.
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.
Photo: ProjectTogether / Samuel Groesch
MSR Social Impact gGmbH
Noventi Health SE
ProjectTogether gUG develops innovation platforms along the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to solve social challenges. The goal is to achieve broad participation of citizens in societal problem-solving processes.
By supporting ProjectTogether, we invest in paving the way for social progress. Actors from society, politics and economics are brought together to solve concrete problems. The topics are diverse and include climate change, the plastic problem, education and the Corona pandemic
An excellent digital platform is essential for achieving high impact and strong implementation of ProjectTogether's mission. This is the key to rapid development and testing of social innovations. Together, we create future labs for society to promote systemic change.
Hans Herrmann Münchmeyer
Bildung als Chance (BaC – or Opportunity Through Education) is one of Germany’s largest functioning collective impact projects. It helps educationally disadvantaged children and young people to obtain a school qualification.
What is special about Bildung als Chance is that the three educational organisations involved – namely Apeiros, Chancenwerk and Teach First Deutschland – have set out to interweave their model into schools and communities in such a way that it creates a sustainable and coordinated support network for pupils.
Together we want to establish Bildung als Chance as a permanent fixture in Hamburg in order that it can do more for pupils. Similarly, we want to learn how a successfully functioning project can be transferred from one community to another; and we want to campaign for the Collective Impact initiative.News
[Translate to English:] Foto: Matthias Jaworski
Bei ChangeWriters e. V. steht der Beziehungsaufbau zwischen Pädagog*innen und Schüler*innen im Mittelpunkt. Das Konzept basiert auf der einfachen und niedrigschwelligen Methode des Tagebuchschreibens: Schüler*innen entwickeln eine Zukunftsperspektive aus den Erfahrungen der eigenen Biografie.
Der wertfreie Ansatz gibt Schüler*innen die Chance, sich über das Tagebuch als Kommunikationsinstrument mitzuteilen und gehört zu werden. Über das Programm »Gemeinsam Geschichte(n) schreiben« wird eine wertschätzende Beziehungskultur an Schulen erreicht und damit die wichtigste Grundlage für den Bildungserfolg von Kindern und Jugendlichen geschaffen.
Seit 2016 unterstützt der Verein bundesweit weiterführende Schulen aller Schulformen mit seiner Vision, Schulen zu lebendigen Orten zu machen, in denen sich alle wohlfühlen und wachsen können. Gemeinsam wollen wir erreichen, dass ein wertschätzendes Miteinander zu einem Kernanliegen an allen deutschen Schulen wird.
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.News
Teach First Deutschland gGmbH demonstrates that young people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds can be successful. The project involves placing university graduates – fellows, as they are called – from different disciplines into schools in socially deprived areas across the country. Viewed as people of trust and additional staff – both in terms of teaching and pastoral care – they provide support to school children, particularly when it comes to the tricky issue of navigating their way through the transitions from one stage of their education to the next.
Pupil self-reliance is the focus of the work of Teach First fellows. Pupils need to be empowered to shape their own futures. The Schöpflin Foundation believes strongly in this. It also believes that, given the right tools, Teach First Deutschland could have an impact on the school system as a whole.
Teach First Deutschland wants to work with the Schöpflin Foundation to grow and use its potential to effect systemic change. It wants to reach more school children and - together with Teach First alumni – to found an education programme that promotes equal opportunities.
Foto: Herausforderung - einfach machen!
International and national
up to € 5,000
Sometimes it doesn’t take much to bring about positive change. Through its »Rapid Response Grants« the Schöpflin Foundation provides organisations and projects with straightforward and rapid financial support - enabling them to implement their innovative and sustainable ideas, projects and initiatives. The maximum grant is €5,000 per project, no applications ca be submitted.
BildungsCent e.V. | Updating and continuation of the jedeschule.de information and research platform.
Kreidestaub | A student organization dedicated to the advancement and improvement of teacher education.
Netzwerk Chancen NC gUG | Promotion of the event program "Das ABC der Berufs- und Studienwahl" as part of the "Netzwerk Chancen. Aufsteiger" program.
Serlo Education e.V. | Serlo Education advocates for systemic change in schools and education through a simultaneous change of the political framework.
SWR Experimentalstudio | Historical contextualization of the Corona pandemic in the family opera "Time Travel Machine" for and with children and young people.
Battery Dance Company | Dancing to Connect - ein Tanzprojekt, das an deutschen Schulen mit geflüchteten und nicht-geflüchteten Schüler*innen und professionellen Tänzer*innen aus den USA arbeitet
climb | Lernferien für benachteiligte Grundschulkinder, in denen Lernmotivation gefördert und Bildungsungleichheiten abgebaut werden
Herausforderung - einfach machen! | Ein innovatives Bildungsprogramm, das ganzheitliches, außerschulisches Lernen durch Bewältigung von Herausforderungen fördert
ACT is a charitable organisation based in Neukölln (Berlin). It runs artistic projects with children and young people throughout Berlin and also provides further education for adults across Germany. Through its artistic work, ACT conveys concrete strategies on how to steer and manage democratic processes. ACT’s work is based on the ‘Mixing Board’ approach, developed by educator Maike Plath.
ACT’s work demonstrates democratic awareness and democratic core competences in a sustainable way. It is therefore currently the only, all-encompassing and innovative concept that is systematically based on the diversity of all those involved. This grant is intended to make ACT’s working methods (the ‘mixing board’ principle) better known and to multiply the effectiveness of its work.
Our goal is to achieve a diversification of our society’s finance structures, and to promote and multiply the idea of greater democratic participation across society. We intend to achieve this on the one hand by certifying and further developing ACT’s continuing-education programme; and on the other by making ACT’s work better known and thus generating greater enthusiasm for the project among educators and grantees alike.
»We accompany people who rethink education and innovate learning to offer children and young people the chance to develop their individual potential and to give them the opportunity to participate. That is, for us, what makes our work on the Schöpflin Foundation’s Learning & Participation program so rewarding.«
Julia Röhrich has been head of the Learning & Participation programme area since 2019. Previously, she worked for five years as a senior consultant in the field of education at two social enterprises supporting foundations and companies to give even more strategically and effectively. Prior to her work as a consultant, she coordinated a nationwide youth engagement programme at a non-profit and supported the dissemination of Open Educational Resources as part of the executive team of an education start-up.