The projects we support
are our windows onto the world.

The projects we support
are our windows onto the world.

What We Support

Project Insights

The goal of our public relations work is to make our current activities and exemplary projects more visible. That’s why the people and initiatives that we support take center stage, both in our print publications and on our website. Lighthouse projects both large and small are given a special place.

Here, we provide short updates that reveal current happenings among our projects. In addition, we present in-depth reports and interviews that create a vivid picture of the initiatives that our foundation is privileged to enable and support.

To make this possible, our public relations team visits many of the projects together with the responsible project managers and gets to know the organizations and people on location.

We hope that these reports, in text and image, help to orient engaged individuals regarding possible support from the Software AG Foundation (SAGST) – and encourage them to tread new paths.

Empowered for Life: Montessori Alumni Study

“Help us to do it ourselves.” That is the motto of Montessori education, which aims to provide children and adolescents with developmentally appropriate support to prepare them for their future lives – a claim that has allowed Montessori schools in Germany to offer a widely appreciated alternative to state-run mainstream schools for many years. But how do former students assess their school years in retrospect? And how do they assess the effect on their development? Answers to these and other questions are provided by a current alumni study sponsored by SAGST, the results of which have now been published. 800 alumni from 26 Montessori schools in eight states in Germany participated in the survey. This study was scientifically monitored and evaluated by Alanus University in Alfter in cooperation with Montessori Bundesverband Deutschland (the Montessori Association in Germany).

“For 30 some-odd years, the Software AG Foundation has been providing independent schools in Germany and many parts of Europe with support as they seek innovative ground in the field of education”, explains SAGST project manager Andreas Rebmann. “In this context, we are particularly interested in the advantages and development potential of reform education from the perspective of those for whom it is intended.” As the study shows, many alumni look back on positive experiences during their school years. They find the teaching of autonomy, community experiences, mutual appreciation and the joy of learning they experienced at the schools particularly enriching. As adults, they are more likely than average to be volunteers and involved in politics compared to the general population. When it comes to career choices, they tend to work in fields relating to people, relationships and innovation or creative design.

“We are convinced that looking back at the former students’ school years provides important pioneering initiatives – not only for the institutions concerned but also for us as a foundation”, continues Rebmann. For this reason, SAGST has already facilitated corresponding alumni studies in the past – for example, with former Waldorf students. In this context, the many years of expertise of the recently deceased educational scientist Prof. Dr. Dirk Randoll, who also contributed to the current Montessori study, were particularly valuable. The results of this study have been published in a book from Beltz Verlag, which also provides an overview of Montessori education and its development as well as current challenges in Germany.

Jörg Boysen/Dirk Randoll/Nina Villwock
„Man lernt Sachen, die man wirklich braucht“
Ehemalige Montessori-Schüler:innen kommen zu Wort
[“You learn things that you actually need”.
Former Montessori students have their say]
Beltz, paperback, 111 pages, ISBN: 978-3-7799-7098-9

More information on the website of the Beltz publishing company


Consulting situation

More complementary medicine competence in paediatric oncology treatment centres – that is the goal of SIKOM. Herdecke Community Hospital’s pilot project aims to ensure that families in the Rhine-Ruhr region receive sound advice regarding complementary holistic therapies in the future.


Portraits of the interviewees

In its project insights, SAGST regularly takes a look behind the scenes of Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences in the context of its funding partnership that has existed for many years. Today’s focus: the Alanus Foundation.

 


Two boys sawing

Out of the classroom and into collaborative experiential learning: The Jugendschule Strausberg school near Berlin is designed as an extracurricular learning centre in the spirit of the Erdkinder programme, a special practice-oriented Montessori educational offering for young people between the ages of twelve and sixteen.


Flowing creek

To steer the flow of life in the right direction – that is the aim of the Panta Rhei integrative residential group in Glashütte. It provides support for twelve youth in particularly difficult circumstances reintegrating into regular everyday life.