One Square Kilometre of Education in Berlin-Moabit
One neighbourhood, one area or actually one square kilometre of the city becomes a beacon, an example of what can happen when all stakeholders of the education process work together and pursue the same goal for 10 years: Equal educational opportunities for all children! One Square Kilometre of Education in Berlin-Moabit is a joint project by the Freudenberg Foundation, the RAA Berlin and the Senate Department for Education, Youth and Science. One Square Kilometre of Education in Berlin-Moabit is one of seven locations for the inter-regional project “One Square Kilometre of Education”.
Why One Square Kilometre of Education?
No child, no young person gets left behind on her or his educational journey within the neighbourhood. We focus on Moabit-West, a socially-disadvantaged area in which slightly over 20,000 people live and which is characterised by high population fluctuation. We focus on the children of the Carl-Bolle primary school. About 65 per cent of them live in Beusselkiez, one of the poorest areas of Berlin. Their educational opportunities and those of the following generations need to be improved on a long-term basis. We plan and design our projects based on the conditions of the Carl-Bolle school (key school).
Our aim is to establish a culture of learning in all educational institutions, where mutual respect and appreciation is promoted, where children and young people organise their learning themselves and identify their own learning successes. We want to ensure that children and young people recognise learning environments and educational standards when changing from one educational institution to the next. We want to ensure that their language skills are promoted from day one so that they can make good progress in all subjects in school. Movement and the study of scientific issues should promote linguistic and intellectual development in a targeted way. The co-operation between the educational institutions and the networking in the neighbourhood should contribute to supporting and cementing these goals.
Which methods/instruments are applied? How is the work organised?
Our colleagues work jointly with the educational institutions in the neighbourhood primarily with the pre-schools and the key schools. The Pedagogical Workshop (Pädagogische Werkstatt) is the key point of contact. The transition from one institution to the next is adjusted based on the specific needs of the children and, building on existing good practice, institutions further improve the quality of their work. Joint work with the Quartiersbüro serves to strengthen the relationships within the neighbourhood. Further key themes are to improve the work with parents through working jointly with immigrant organisations and with Roma school mediation, which has come to play a significant role in One Square Kilometre of Education in Moabit.
Are there plans to develop the project further?
One Square Kilometre of Education is a learning platform implemented over the course of ten years. All stakeholders learn from and with each other. Ideally, in this way, modules are developed using an inductive procedure that can be easily transferred elsewhere.
The model of in-house learning therapy, developed by the Helga-Breuninger Foundation and implemented jointly with the Pedagogical Workplace, is so well-rehearsed that it can now be introduced in other schools. Similarly, the Roma School mediation is also a module that has been jointly developed with the RAA Berlin and is being further developed. Masters students have focussed their dissertations on interim management or the conditions of collaborative work with parents. This cooperation with academic researchers is certain to reveal new perspectives.
Barbara Kirchner T +49 30 39840-177