What is "Understanding School in Germany"?
But first in order. The coordinating body Further education und Beschäftigung eV Hamburg organizes blended learning course for English-speaking parents. "Understanding School in Germany" is the name of the project.
It will be part of the ESF project School Mentors - Hand in Hand for Strong Schools, a co-operation between the KWB Training Coordination Center and Employment e. V. and the Hamburg Authority for School and Vocational Training (BSB).
Objective and process
The aim of the course is to provide parents with applicable basic knowledge about everyday school life and the transition to working life.
The course is as follows: The content, exercises and discussions take place in presence workshops and on the digital learning platform Blackboard Learn.
The claim behind it
The claim of the project is indeed praiseworthy, because, as one has rightly recognized, education is an important aspect of the integration. And the students need the support of their parents. This is what the press release says: Why is the kindergarten so important? How can my child grow up multilingual? What happens after school? The course "Understanding School in Germany" answers these and many other questions to parents who have not passed through the German school system itself. Mothers and fathers from the countries of origin Afghanistan, Ghana, Iran, Nigeria, Peru, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine have already passed the course successfully. Due to the high demand he starts at the 18. March 2015 in English for the first time!
The project reaches the wrong
The language aspect is an aspect that bothers me about this matter: To reach the parents, where theseCourses are really necessary, one should hold theCourses in the respective country language.
Or how many of the immigrant parents from so-called non-educated classes speak English? The project does not reach those who really need it, but those who are already actively involved in the education of their children.
Participants as mentors?
But there was obviously no money for that. For, in fact, one has obviously also thought about this and found the following solution:
The participating parents should act as honorary mentors or multipliers and pass on the information from theCourses in their language of origin to other parents. That functions in my experience probably only in individual cases.
Digital competency for all!
I see another problem: theCourses take place on a digital learning platform. This would also overwhelm many German parents with a lack of digital competence. Perhaps one would have to giveCourses in digital competence.
Anyway, that would be a brilliant idea in the digital developing country Germany: digital literacy for parents and teachers. But do we have enough teachers at all?
Who cares: "Understanding School in Germany" starts at 18. March 2015 and ends at 6. May 2015. The attendance workshops always take place on Wednesday mornings in the premises of the KWB coordination center for further education and employment e. V. instead.
All information, registration procedures and contact details can be found at http://www.schulmentoren.de.
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