In an increasingly complex world, education is the key to ensuring that people remain capable, active members of society. The world we live in is becoming increasingly information-based; along with globalization, this is presenting both educational institutions and individuals with new challenges. The Bertelsmann Stiftung is dedicated to ensuring that children, adolescents and adults are all capable of making informed life choices for themselves and of assisting others. As a basis for our efforts, we promote best practices from Germany and abroad which make clear that educational systems can embrace both performance and equal opportunity.
The Bertelsmann Stiftung is convinced that performance and equality are not mutually exclusive educational goals. The international PISA studies have shown that children can do well in school regardless of social background. Germany’s educational system thus faces the challenge of dealing with the country’s increasing heterogeneity and the range of aptitudes, cultural affiliations and living situations found among its schoolchildren. Ultimately, schools are social as well as learning venues. In order to improve outcomes and promote educational equality, every child must receive individualized attention, something that demands appropriate organizational attitudes and structures.more
Germany’s schools are undergoing fundamental change. They must respond to new social challenges resulting from global trends, and they must provide students of increasingly diverse backgrounds with the necessary skills for finding their way in our knowledge-based world. The Bertelsmann Stiftung supports the country’s states and schools as they strive to improve the quality of the educational experience. It is currently promoting the development of a new culture of teaching and learning, along with new methods of school management. In addition, it assists schools as they determine their own development paths, working with them to create tools for self-evaluation (SEIS). Through these efforts and others, the Bertelsmann Stiftung wants to help Germany develop regionally networked educational landscapes.more
With the Anschub.de initiative, the Bertelsmann Stiftung is committed to making sure schools are venues for healthy living and learning. Both teachers and students must feel at home if they are to work well together in the classroom. Anschub.de supports schools in implementing approaches that create healthy, high-quality teaching and learning environments. These efforts go beyond isolated health-promotion projects that teachers must add to their lesson plans along with everything else. Instead, the goal of Anschub.de is to promote overall school development and achieve a long-lasting improvement in the health and educational opportunities of everyone active in school life.more