„Living and learning together - Inclusion at German Schools Abroad“
– is the title of the competition by the Federal Foreign office. For educational institutions worldwide, the question arouses what inclusive school life and lessons should look like.
This year again, German schools abroad were encouraged to participate in the competition and to “deal with the heterogeneity in their social and cultural context intensively” and to “be extremely committed to dealing with cultural and social diversity as well as the implementation of equal opportunities and also communicate these ideas in their respective host country”, says patron and vice president of the German Bundestag, Ulla Schmidt.
This exactly is our focus as well and we are delighted to have won the 2nd place in this competition: Inclusion for us means creating points of contact, changing perspectives, breaking down barriers, approaching each other, appreciating diversity and supporting each other to ensure a share in social life for everyone.
And the list of inclusive projects at the DHPS is impressive:
- For the school of course, inclusion on the one hand means to support learners with special needs and create awareness for uniqueness - the wide-ranged remedial offer, the success of learning companionships, addi-tional support classes and the school's own remedial centre speak for itself. On the other hand the inclusive attitude of the DHPS is reflected in recruitment of employees with disabilities.
- A further project is the participation of four learners and a DHPS teacher at the Special Olympics World Win-ter Games, a project that was launched in early 2016. In addition to 14 athletes with disabilities of two Windhoek schools, four of our learners without handicaps were chosen to jointly participate in the games in floor ball discipline. As from mid-2016 already, they practiced on the DHPS fields as a joint floor ball team and their great journey to Austria starts on 14 March 2017.
- Dedication for people with disabilities - this also was the goal of the DHPS Interact Club, when they actively participated in the fundraising campaign “Run4Rio”. This initiative supported Namibian Paralympics sports-man Ananias Shikongo by means of donations, to make his dream of participation in the Paralympic Games in Rio come true.
With these inclusion projects the DHPS has won the second prize of the “DAS - Living and learning together”. An attractive price money is awarded and a journey to the price giving ceremony in Berlin on 1 June 2017 for the project participants.