Playful language practice for migrant children

Flörsheim, Germany

The municipality Florsheim has an increasing shift of the population, homeowners move away, refugees get allocated to flats, houses and shared accommodation. The city is overwhelmed with the task to support of more than 250 migrant families, financial assistance is available only for a negligible part of the refugees.

The friendliness of the residents, however, is impressive. Volunteers came together at the club house of Stern des Südens e.V., a project partner of help alliance for many years. They decided to help migrant children learning German language. What makes this project’s concept so special is introducing the language to the children in a playful and creative way.

Started from test stage the project grew to a regular education and support program. Freelancers and volunteers developed teaching concepts, provided space and continued the playful yet focused language training with amazing commitment.

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Playful language practice for migrant children, Flörsheim

Frankfurter Sparkasse 1822
IBAN: DE89 5005 0201 0200 0292 23
BIC: HELADEF1822

Project Coordinator

Flörsheim, Germany

Michael Kopf, Deutschland

Micha Kopf

Details & Successes

Playful language practice for migrant children, Flörsheim, Germany

Education and language training through incentives while painting, games and sport activities.

The aim is to playfully teach children with an immigrant background and to integrate them into society. They are currently taught in “special classes” in primary schools that have been established for migrant children who do not speak German. But this is by far not enough to get them ready for a regular school.

Once children are able to understand the language well, they’re switching to a regular school. However they still receive additional support.

We assume that the children’s parents profit from this programm as well and learn the German language so they can then pursue a specific occupation. Parents who accompany their children, are no longer afraid their new home country and its society. They’re starting to trust us and share their concerns with us. So additionally to providing language courses we’re also helping with the integration process. For example by filling out government forms, providing medicare advices and activities for children – such as joining a sports club.

It is also noteworthy that especially women and mothers – at first the children were acompanied only by their fathers – lose their shyness, and with our support, are willing to integrate more and more.

In cooperation with the Paul Maar School, we also support the approach of a “social training rooms”, a supportive approach to understand intercultural aspects and work together on tolerant, considerate and friendly behavior.

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