Faced with war and death in my home country I fled to Germany, no longer a writer but a refugee. For me it′s the chance to start over and find my way in this wonderful country.
How can teachers take advantage of multilingual potential in their classes? And how can trainee teachers best be prepared for linguistic diversity in the classroom? Theorists and practitioners in Germany and Europe are looking into these questions.
How can libraries adapt to the growing diversity of society? Goethe.de spoke with Britta Schmedemann, a specialist in target group work at the Bremen Municipal Library, about strategies of diversity management.
After launching a crowdfunding campaign to purchase a fishing trawler, the Berlin-based aid organization Jugend Rettet (“Youth Saves”) have been rescuing refugees in distress at sea since June 2016. Michele Cinque, an Italian documentary filmmaker aboard, has been filming the young German crew of the retrofitted Iuventa as it criss-crosses the Mediterranean on rescue missions. His documentary is to be screened at the Berlinale.
One subject – one stage – five interpretations. At this year’s PASCH theatre festival in Berlin, teens from all over Europe met with plays in German they’d written themselves in tow.
The idea of seeing refugees as victims or invaders strongly influences discourse in Germany. The social scientist Heidrun Friese has researched the phenomenon.
Nearly ten years after it was first created, the Framework Curriculum for Integration Courses in Germany has been revised and published in an updated version.
The recent influx of refugees into Europe, seen by some as threatening its secular and liberal identity, triggered a wave of right-wing populism. Mona Siddiqui, professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Edinburgh, is nevertheless convinced that the continent is still strong enough to pull back from the anti-Islamic rhetoric. An interview by Claudia Mende.
Many young people from southern Europe have started training in Germany – also with German funding. What has become of the “new labour immigrants”?