Learning & Participation


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.



Grantees & Projects

Participation

Photo: Daniel Schoenen

Grantee since

2021

Current grant amount p.a.

€25,000

Location

Berlin

Website

politik-digital.de

Co-Funders

Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung
Demokratie.io
Jugend-Demokratiefonds Berlin
Landeszentrale für politische Bildung NRW
Openio

What does aula do?

aula is a digital participation concept and a project of the Berlin-based association "politik-digital" that combines media and political education. It offers young people the opportunity to publish ideas on the platform and app within a contractually agreed framework, to discuss and delevop them, vote on them, and ultimately to implement them on their own responsibility. Schools and other institutions can introduce and use aula independently or be accompanied by the aula team. Both the software and the accompanying didactic material are accessible as open educational resources.

Why are we awarding a grant to aula?

Preparing good, deliverable proposals and building majority support among your peers is the way to achieve real change. By doing this, young people learn that, by taking responsibility and showing commitment, they can be creators and influencers of their own (school) environments. aula brings together learning about the media and politics and lays the foundations for responsible political participation in a digital world.

What is our mutual goal?

The grant serves to stabilize the project and to further develop and professionalize the concept and the team. We want to establish aula as a tool that enables young people to actively participate in society and to explore democratic practices and competencies while at the same time improving their digital skills.

Grantee since

2017

Current grant amount p.a.

€13,025

Location

Berlin

Website

interactenglish.de

Co-Funders

Stiftung Mercator GmbH

What does InterACT English do?

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.

Why are we awarding a grant to InterACT English?

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.

What is our mutual goal?

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

Grantee since

2017

Current grant amount p.a.

€250,000

Location

Berlin

Website

projecttogether.org

Co-Funders

MSR Social Impact gGmbH

Noventi Health SE

Holzer Group

What does ProjectTogether do?

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.

Why are we awarding a grant to ProjectTogether?

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

What is our mutual goal?

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.


Learning

Photo: Alexander Muchnik

Grantee since

2019

Current grant amount p.a.

€38,100

Location

Hamburg

Website

haniel-stiftung.de

Co-Funders

Bruno-von-Schröder Stiftung

Hans Herrmann Münchmeyer

Hans-Weisser-Stiftung

Haniel Stiftung 

What does Bildung als Chance do?

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.

Why are we awarding a grant to Bildung als Chance?

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.

What is our mutual goal?

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.

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Grantee since

2017

Current grant amount p.a.

€10,000

Location

Berlin

Website

deutsches-lehrerforum.de

Co-Funders

Haraeus Bildungsstiftung
Stiftung Bildung und Gesellschaft
Stiftung Mercator GmbH
Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft e.V.
Teach First Deutschland gGmbH
Wübben Stiftung gGmbH

What does Das Deutsche Lehrerforum do?

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.

Why are we awarding a grant to Das Deutsche Lehrerforum?

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.

What is our mutual goal?

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.

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Photo: Teach First Germany

Grantee since

2018

Current grant amount p.a.

€125,000

Location

Berlin

Website

teachfirst.de

What does Teach First Deutschland do?

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.

Why are we awarding a grant to Teach First Deutschland?

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.

What is our mutual goal?

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.


Regional Projects

What is the »Lernen Anders« (Learning differently) series?

Through its series of impulse events called »Lernen Anders« (Learning differently), in the school year 2018/19 the Schöpflin Foundation aims to strengthen the exchange of ideas between teachers and schools in the region. Various formats (e.g. films and discussions, ideas workshops and seminars) will be deployed to serve as an impulse and to highlight all the possibilities for how schools and teachers can develop within their roles and also how they can further develop the education system in the Lörrach area. A highlight of the season was the second Schöpflin Foundation Education Forum (February 2019) which included workshops and an exciting keynote speech – and provided teachers from the area with the opportunity to further develop their network of contacts.

Why do we believe there is a need for an Education Forum?

It’s said that nothing is more constant than change! We want to encourage and strengthen schools that are taking off; and to inspire teachers and head teachers who are looking for change. But taking a new path requires courage and dedication.  Supporting schools in doing this; strengthening networks in the local area; and helping to ensure that synergies actually work – these are all reasons why we believe there is a need for an Education Forum.

What do we want to achieve?

As well as supporting national projects, the Schöpflin Foundation also wants to be a strong partner for schools locally and to enrich education in the Lörrach area with a broad range of events. We provide teachers and schools with stimuli and inspiration; we inform and motivate; and we offer events with unbureaucratic and easy access. We also want to hear about the issues that schools in our region are tackling and to support them as they do this.

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What is the Education Forum?

The Education Forum provides a platform for an exchange of ideas, discussion and networking. It also acts as a marketplace showcasing all the facilities provided by our Schools programme – one of the key programmes run by the Schöpflin Foundation and its funding partners. Anyone in the Lörrach area working in the teaching professions is warmly invited to participate.

Why do we believe there is a need for the Education Forum?

Increasingly teachers are facing ever greater challenges in their daily work – and the expectations placed on the school system continue to grow. As part of our efforts to be a supportive foundation, we would like to enter into a discussion with teachers and schools: this is the only way for us to ensure that our programme makes a meaningful contribution to the debate.

What do we want to achieve?

We want to create a format in which there can be a genuine exchange among equals. This will enable us to ensure that we take full account of the suggestions and needs of schools as we further develop our portfolio of educational activities. We want to become a good and trusted partner for teachers and schools in the Lörrach area.

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Grant Amount

€10,000

Grant period

School Year 2018/19

Location

District Lörrach

Individual Grant Amount

€ 100 - 1,100

What is Wandel macht Schule?

Through our “Wandel macht Schule” initiative, we provide start-up cash to support innovative and sustainable ideas that enable schools in the Lörrach area to develop.  Projects that lead to long-term, fair educational opportunities, promote the sustainable development of a school and increase opportunities and potential should not be allowed to fail simply because of a lack of funding.  The “Wandel macht Schule” initiative provides a straightforward and rapid way to obtain a grant of from €100 up to a maximum of €1,000 to turn ideas into reality.  An annual total of €10,000 will be allocated to this initiative.

Why do we think this initiative is needed?

It is often teachers, pupils and schools themselves that are best placed to recognise opportunities and needs.  If someone has an idea on how to improve school life or further develop a school, the Schöpflin Foundation will provide financial support to turn the idea into a reality and ensure that the idea has a sustainable effect on the school in question.

What do we want to achieve?

The aim of this initiative is to help schools – as they make small or large changes from within - become centres for the development of potential.  We are more likely to support projects that enable pupils, regardless of their background, to bring out the best in themselves; or projects that give pupils access to the widest possible network of people.  We will also consider funding those projects that make a sustainable contribution to the every-day life of a school, as well as smaller projects that provide an impulse for further measures, or those projects that are the building blocks of bigger change.

You can find the application form here.

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Rapid Response Grants

Foto: Herausforderung - einfach machen!

Grant Amount

€ 50,000

Grant period

2021

Location

International and national

Individual Grant Amount

up to € 5,000

What is Rapid Response Grants?

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.

Grantees & Projects 2021

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.

Grant Amount

€ 50,000

Grant period

2020

Location

International and national

Individual Grant Amount

up to € 5,000

Grantees & Projects 2020

Battery Dance Company | »Dancing to Connect« is a dance project located at German schools which brings together refugee and non refugee students and professional dancers from the USA

climb | »climb - Lernferien« is a holiday learning programme that brings together primary school children at risk of poverty and young, learning adults (e.g. student teachers) in a joint learning and leisure programme

Herausforderung - einfach machen! | Is an innovative educational programme that promotes holistic, extracurricular learning by overcoming challenges


Former Grantees and Projects

Photo: Friederike Faber

Grant period

2019-2021

Current grant amount p.a.

€37,500

Location

Berlin

Website

act-berlin.de

What does ACT do?

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. 

Why are we supporting ACT?

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.

What have we achieved together?

One goal was to achieve a diversification of our society’s finance structures, and to promote and multiply the idea of greater democratic participation in schools.  We have achieved 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. 

Grant amount

Ø €10,000

Grant period

2017-2018

Location

Dusseldorf

Website

education-y.de

Co-Funders

Hans-Weisser-Stiftung
Software AG Stiftung
Vodafone Stiftung Deutschland
Werhahn Stiftung
Wübben Stiftung gGmbH
and others

What does EDUCATION Y do?

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.

Why are we supporting EDUCATION Y?

The aim of EDUCATION Y is to ensure that children acquire the key skills they need for the 21st Century. They also want to campaign for children to be empowered and ensure that they have a key role to play in our democracy.

What have we achieved together?

With the K21 alliance supported by the Schöpflin Stiftung, EDUCATION Y is driving through real educational reform. The K21 alliance – 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.

Grantee since

2017

Current grant amount p.a.

€80,000

Location

Hamburg

Website

das-macht-schule.net

What does Das macht Schule do?

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.

Why are we awarding a grant to Das macht Schule?

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.

What have we achieved together?

Our primary goal 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 of Das macht Schule enables teachers, for their part, to experience and appreciate the value of participatory projects. It enables students to take responsibility, to acquire personal and social skills and to get involved in a project in a way that is meaningful.


Contact

Dr. Constanze Wehner
Head of School Project & Regional Projects
Julia Röhrich
Program Director Learning & Participation
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