Kaiserslautern and Silkeborg continue joint activities in 'Comenius Regio Project'

Administrators, schools and associations continue joint project on integration.

Kaiserslautern, 04.01.2012

Since 2009 Kaiserslautern and Silkeborg have worked together in a project in the field of education which originally started under the Headline: “Building Bridges” After a successful accomplishment of the first project in summer of 2011, the European Commission approved the continuation of this project running until 2013 now.

The participating partners are:
From Silkeborg: The municipality, the schools authority, Nordre Skole, Jupiter Klubberne, Solystskolen, Ungdomsskole and Intercultural Association Silkeborg.
From Kaiserslautern: the department of schools of the city of Kaiserslautern, the primary school „Auf dem Fischerrück“,Caritas Zentrum and Medienzentrum (media center) Kaiserslautern (MZKL).

Testing better opportunities for children with a migration background is the project goal. Schools and organizations working with children and adolescents of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds are involved. “Due to the intensive cooperation between the two municipalities this project is of major priority in the framework of the partnership between the two cities.” Peter Krietemeyer, director of the Kaiserslautern department of schools, emphasizes.

The previous cooperation in the field of integration shall be continued now. “The achievements and experiences to be made will have an important impact on future cooperations. We are convinced that this project will foster further cooperations” Krietemeyer is looking ahead.
The project should also be the basis for new networks on both, the regional and the European level.

Under the current project title of “Crossing Bridges” the partners are going to safely cross the bridges they have built. Main focuses of work will be the organization of a multicultural school, the development and testing of new teaching materials for multicultural classes, the acquisition of a second language (German/Danish as a second language), the partnership between school and parental environment, intercultural competencies as well as working with children and adolescents living in regions with a low socio economic status.
The project schedule comprises video conferences, study trips, job-shadowing activities, a joint project homepage, conferences and courses between the partners and activities at schools.

“Integration should not be considered a problem but an opportunity of development for the region and its future” Peter Krietemeyer appeals.

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Autor/in: Claudia Mühlberger - Pressestelle
Stadt Kaiserslautern
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Willy-Brandt-Platz 1
67657 Kaiserslautern