Neuköllner Schüler planen Schule der Zukunft – Interactive exhibition and panel discussion with Franziska Giffey and Sandra Maischberger

Berlin, January 26, 2018.

The state of Berlin has approved five and a half billion for a programme to renovate and build new schools. But how do pupils see the school of the future? The eighth and ninth-graders of the Albrecht-Dürer-Gymnasium, together with their teachers and media and construction experts, have worked out what the school of the future should look like and how they see communication there. The project, which was initiated by Vincentino e. V. in cooperation with the TUI Foundation, will be presented today as part of an interactive tour in the music hall of the Neuköllner Gymnasium. Afterwards, the young people will discuss their designs with Vincentino board member Sandra Maischberger and Neukölln district mayor Franziska Giffey.

The exhibition and panel discussion conclude the two blog projects of the Vincentino Media Workshop, on which the 40 pupils of the eighth and ninth grades had worked over the past 11 weeks. On the web pages and particularly for it furnished the pupils held their different conceptions. No borders were set thereby to the creativity of the young people: Thus the ideas reached from the virtual instruction by means of Hologramm up to the holistic concept of a learning and leisure school, which should be conceived as perfect place against boredom.

The enthusiasm for the project can be clearly felt among the pupils. “We had a lot of fun with the School of the Future project. What was very cool and great was that we could let our imagination run wild. It was new for us to create and design our own blog,” say Nur Halici and Maria El-Bakri from the 8d.

District Mayor Franziska Giffey praises the pupils’ visions and emphasizes the importance of school for youth development: “Schools are not only places of learning, but also where young people are encouraged in their creativity and personal development. And I am delighted that Vincentino and the TUI Foundation are committed to supporting pupils in our neighbourhood. The ideas presented for the school of the future are valuable suggestions for us to design schools in such a way that young people enjoy learning there”.

Sandra Maischberger, participant in the panel discussion and chairman of Vincentino’s board of directors, Franziska Giffey, emphasizes: “I am always thrilled by the students’ commitment to implementing the projects and how much creativity they develop. Opening a few doors for them makes me and our association very happy”.

“We have been supporting Vincentino’s work in Neukölln and Kreuzberg for almost two years. Here pupils are accompanied in their personal development and teachers are supported in their work. This creates the best conditions for young people to successfully start their professional future. And it is a contribution to more equal opportunities in our society,” emphasises Elke Hlawatschek, Managing Director of the TUI Foundation.

Vincentino e.V. was founded by Sandra Maischberger in 2008. Since then, the association has initiated and supported a wide range of cultural education projects at Berlin schools. The “Media Workshop” run by Vincentino brings pupils into contact with the complex media landscape and creates cultural and aesthetic learning spaces for children and young people in Berlin. The TUI Foundation supports the Vincentino project “Medienwerkstatt – Kids gestalten digital”, which also initiated the blog project on communication and schools of the future.