Generating Prospects, Creating Opportunities

Integration 2020:

We wish to make social participation and integration

possible through better educational opportunities for everyone.

Our objective

EDUCATIONAL SUCCESS DETERMINED BY BACKGROUND

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.

Our vision

Equal opportunities for all

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.

Our objective

No differences in terms of educational qualifications

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.

Our approach

structural changes in the education system

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:

  • Consistent language education
    Language is a prerequisite for equal participation. It is therefore essential to promote language education if we wish to achieve equal opportunities and participation for all young people.
  • Educational transitions
    Educational transitions are important milestones in a person’s educational biography. We want to facilitate and improve these transitions, from nursery school to university, as this plays a crucial role in determining whether a person enjoys equal opportunities and participation in the future.
  • All-day schools
    Whether or not young people fulfil their potential is determined at schools. Consequently, all children and young people must be given the best possible support, irrespective of their background. All-day schools offer the ideal conditions for ensuring equal opportunities and participation.
  • Success at university
    It is significantly more difficult for young people from non-university-educated families of migrant origin or low socioeconomic status to embark on a course of university study than it is for the children of university-educated parents. The higher education system must adapt to non-traditional student groups so as to achieve more equal opportunities and participation at university.
  • Embracing diversity
    People with particular social, cultural or religious characteristics are often discriminated against during their educational career, with the result that their prospects of educational success decline. A conscious decision to embrace diversity in the education system can counteract such tendencies and create better prerequisites for successful learning.
  • Integration climate
    Common and equal living conditions for all sections of the population, regardless of background, must be acknowledged and established by politicians and society. This is the key challenge for integration – and a condition for equal opportunities and participation.