30.03.2021 – 10:40
German Adult Education Association
Right now – in times of Corona – children and young people need additional educational offers to strengthen their personal and school development. Together with other program partners, the German Adult Education Association (DVV) is therefore committed to continuing the successful federal program “Culture makes you strong. Alliances for education” beyond 2022. During a virtual parliamentary evening, the program partners received cross-faction support from the participating members of the Bundestag.
“Right now, extra-curricular education can be a helpful bridge and support those who have fallen behind during the corona pandemic and who fear being left behind,” explains DVV President Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. The pandemic-related phase of school closings and months of homeschooling have set back schoolchildren in particular with poor educational backgrounds. Children and young people who grow up in social risk situations need individual support through additional offers of extracurricular cultural education. “If the program didn’t exist yet, it would have to be invented right now,” added DVV chairman Martin Rabanus. It opens up spaces outside of school, in which children and young people can gain positive learning experiences and surpass themselves. In addition, the program has shown great potential for cooperation between schools and non-school education providers.
The funding program of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), “Kultur macht stark”, implemented by national professional associations and initiatives, creates diverse approaches to art and culture and specifically promotes creative expression and development opportunities for children and young people. From the point of view of the program partners, such offers are now more important than ever in order to defuse the educational crisis caused by the pandemic and to promote equal opportunities.
In order to be able to continue the funding program seamlessly after 2022, a resolution by the Bundestag and a clear commitment to education policy are necessary during this legislative period so that the local alliances can continue to work and the local offer structures are maintained.
The adult education centers in Germany reach around 12,000 young people between the ages of nine and 18 in the federal program “Culture makes you strong” and, together with their alliance partners, enrich the local educational landscape. The children and young people are encouraged in their digital, intercultural, linguistic and social skills and can discover and develop their artistic talents. In 2020, many projects aimed to give children and young people a good connection to the new school year after weeks of school closings.
German Adult Education Association V.
Simone Kaucher, press officer
Tel. 0049 228 97569 11
Original content by: Deutscher Volkshochschul-Verband, transmitted by news aktuell