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Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S. - heimspiel

What We Do

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With the project “heimspiel. Für Bildung”, the Joachim Herz Foundation and the Alfred Toepfer Foundation F.V.S. are helping to make education a joint task. Their common concern is to provide the best possible support for children and young people on their way to graduating from school and into professional life.

To this end, the two foundations have been involved in the Hamburg neighbourhoods Hausbruch/Neuwiedenthal (Harburg) and Hohenhorst/Rahlstedt (Wandsbek) since 2012 and in Billstedt (Hamburg-Mitte) since 2016. With a duration of ten years per neighbourhood, "heimspiel" strengthens cooperations between local educators and the establishing of reliable partnerships. The aim of the project is to address structural obstacles in the educational landscape and to help increase participation in education, as well as reducing the percentage of young people without a school-leaving certificate.

Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S. - heimspiel

As in many German cities, Hamburg also shows that opportunities for social participation are distributed differently across neighbourhoods. High levels of social segregation and poverty concentration in neighbourhoods increase the risk of multiple social disadvantages for local children and their families, which harms their opportunities for participation in society. Socially disadvantaged neighbourhoods are often characterized by a high density of industrial and commercial buildings, low utilization of social infrastructure (e.g., health care facilities and cultural offerings) and poor connections to local public transportation.

In order to support the work of teachers, educators, social pedagogues, volunteers as well as local management, "heimspiel" makes numerous offers. We provide training courses tailored to local needs, award financial grants for projects and support networking, especially in the areas of social skills, parental cooperation and educational transitions. Under the title "Jeder Schultag zählt – Strategien gegen Scheitern," the Joachim Herz Foundation and the Toepfer Foundation have also been cooperating closely with the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg since 2019 and are supporting selected schools at the "heimspiel" locations in strengthening the participation of their students and reducing absences.

In its conceptual orientation, the project is based on local references and the needs of local experts. The long-term commitment of the foundations is primarily local, specific and participatory.

To achieve this goal, the foundations use the socio-spatial approach to education in their operational work. It is not the quantity of educational institutions in a district that is decisive for the educational participation of disadvantaged children and young people, but the qualitative cooperation between them. Understanding and developing the social space as an active learning space includes both formal and non-formal educational services, counselling centres, youth centres and much more.

The Hamburg Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, the Ministry of Social Affairs and the district authorities of Hamburg-Mitte, Harburg and Wandsbek are central cooperation partners of "heimspiel". They provide a teacher and a district office employee for each of the three locations on an hourly basis to supplement the foundations' project teams with expertise from the districts.

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Fritz Rummel Program Lead Education

+49 40 33 402 – 45rummel@toepfer-stiftung.de