Germany is a country of immigration, and we already live in a society that is becoming increasingly pluralized. To ensure that this society remains strong in future, it is essential that we take full advantage of the potential offered by all the people living here. Everyone in Germany should have equal opportunities to participate in central areas of social life. One key prerequisite for this is a good education. We are committed to reducing the inequality in terms of school and university qualifications that exists between people with and without a migrant background.
Our goal is therefore to reduce the inequality in Germany in terms of school and university qualifications achieved by people of migrant origin aged 15-30 by 70 percent by 2025, as compared with the 2005 level.
Educational success in Germany is primarily a question of a person’s social background: whether a child will enjoy a successful educational career depends to a major extent on the family into which it is born. Children from non-university-educated families for example will enter higher education significantly less often than children from university-educated families, despite performing equally well. In principle, this affects children with and without a migrant background to an equal extent. Young people of migrant origin from socially disadvantaged families face double the burden: they are additionally confronted with migration-specific challenges, for example with respect to their language skills or their family’s familiarity with the German education system.
We believe that it is possible to have a society in which all children have the same opportunities to pursue a successful educational career, irrespective of their origin. Everyone in Germany should have the same chance to participate in central areas of social life. A person’s social and ethnic background must not pose an obstacle to their educational success. Our society must stick together and must neither discriminate against nor marginalize minorities.
Comparing the number of school and university qualifications achieved by people with and without a migrant background serves as one indicator of equal opportunities and participation. Significant differences can be noted here that prove how important our commitment is. Our goal is to reduce the inequality in Germany in terms of school and university qualifications achieved by people of migrant origin aged 15-30 by 70 percent by 2025, as compared with the 2005 level.
We support schools and universities in their efforts to bring about systematic changes that ensure that all children and young people are given equal opportunities, thereby compensating for any disadvantages they may face as a result of their backgrounds. The social environment also plays a key role if integration is to be successful. By putting forward arguments and factual knowledge, we contribute to a positive development of the integration climate and stand for a society that values diversity.
We concentrate on six fields of action in our work: