Schools & Development




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.



Grantees & Projects

Grant amount p. a.

Ø €5.000

Grant period

2018

Location

Hamburg

Website

confidance.info

Co-Funders

BerenbergKids Foundation

SAGA GWG Stiftung Nachbarschaft

HASPA Hamburg-Harburg

What does Confidance do?

Confidance works with primary schools in socially challenging environments. Through dance it instils in children a sense of self-confidence, self-effectiveness and achievement. An interdisciplinary team works with the pupils as they develop their own choreography, which then results in a staged performance of their work. With this goal in mind, the children develop their full potential and learn to believe in themselves.

Why are we awarding a grant to Confidance?

The foundations for a successful education are laid at the very beginning of a child’s school career – indeed in primary school. Confidance focuses squarely on the children, giving them a stage so that they can prove their abilities. This is a valuable and important experience. Confidance uses creative and artistic tools to stimulate personal development and allow the children’s potential to flourish.

What is our mutual goal?

Together we want to play our part in ensuring that all children and young people – irrespective of their ethnic or social background – believe in themselves and in their ability to succeed. In order to achieve this goal, we believe in strengthening and promoting the use of artistic forms of expression as a vehicle for enabling the learning process and promoting personal development.

Grant amount p. a.

Ø €60,000

Grant period

2017-2021

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.

Grant amount p. a.

Ø €117,000

Grant period

2017-2019

Location

Berlin

Website

projecttogether.org

Co-Funders

BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt
Robert Bosch Stiftung

What does ProjectTogether do?

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.

Why are we awarding a grant to ProjectTogether?

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.

What is our mutual goal?

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.

Grant amount p. a.

Ø €250,000

Grant period

2017-2019

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 is our mutual goal?

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.

Grant amout p. a.

Ø €10,000

Grant period

2017-2018

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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Grant amount p. a.

Ø €200.000

Grant period

2018-2021

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.

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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Former Grantees and Projects

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 awarding a grant to EDUCATION Y?

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.

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.


Contact

Dr. Constanze Wehner
Programme Director Schools & Development
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