The TUI Foundation supports Vincentino e.V.’s poetry and urban rap media workshop by Sandra Maischberger
Schoolchildren in Berlin-Neukölln created a multimedia concept for their German lessons
For three whole months the boys and girls in class 10d at Albrecht Dürer High School in Berlin-Neukölln experienced a brand new kind of concept for German lessons. Instead of just interpreting and discussing the content of poems, the www.twentyninepoets.de created a multimedia concept for their poetry curriculum, which involved integrating short poems in videos, a mannequin challenge outside the city hall and a Berlin rap on the subject of “urban poetry“. The project was supported by the Vincentino e.V. organisation’s innovative media workshop. Vincentino e.V. has supported numerous cultural projects at schools in Berlin since it was founded in 2008. The projects it supports have to take place in school hours, offer excellent artistic and educational value, and deliver lasting result. The organisation was founded by TV presenter Sandra Maischberger and the TUI Foundation is supporting the “Digital Design for Kids” media workshop.
On 19 January 2017 the kids gave a very enthusiastic performance of their project’s results in their school’s music auditorium. “I liked the fact that there were no fixed rules and we were allowed to decide what we wanted to do ourselves,” said 15-year-old Melissa Muric. She summarised, “I’m more willing to try new things now and I’m also more confident in my abilities.” German teacher Daniela Wolf is also very happy about how the project went: “The kids put a lot of time and effort into the project, even though they’d had very few touchpoints with poetry in the past.” They feel much more valued now. Combining lesson content with the use of different media is a “fantastic idea”.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the TUI Foundation, Thomas Ellerbeck, is also delighted about the project. “Every child had the opportunity to contribute his or her personal talents and still be authentic,“ he commented. The media workshop allowed the youngsters to be creative while critically analysing the digital media, and it helped them to develop valuable competences such as responsibility, teamwork and independence. “The Foundation supports young people in a very diverse society where education is a crucial element.”