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.

Demeter Training: Pilot Project in Lower Saxony for Accreditation as an alternative School

Biodynamic agriculture is a pioneer of organic farming – as early as 1924, Rudolf Steiner laid the foundation for this new holistically oriented economy with several lectures at farmers’ request. Today, their products marketed under the brand name Demeter are highly reputed by consumers because they meet comprehensive and strict sustainability criteria. There is also great interest among young agricultural workers. Jakob Ganten, Manager of the Netzwerk Biodynamische Bildung (Biodynamic Training Network) founded in 2019, explains: “We have twice as many applicants in some regions throughout Germany than there are training positions.” Since education and further training have always been in the form of independent vocational training offers, it is particularly important to group the various stakeholders. Their goal is close collaboration in designing the content as well as financing the offers.

A pilot project funded by SAGST is now seeking state accreditation of the ‘independent Demeter training’ in Lower Saxony as an alternative school. “Such a step would be a milestone for the biodynamic movement”, says SAGST project manager Christian Wüst. “It promises not only much more solid and reliable financing, but also broader public acceptance.” However, to achieve such accreditation, the existing training must be adapted to the given framework. He explains: “This concerns curriculum, training documents and examination regulations as well as internal processes and the teaching staff qualifications. Another key requirement is the assurance of quality through external certification.” Three Demeter sites in Osnabrück, Hannover and Celle are being considered as possible locations. If state accreditation were to be granted, other biodynamic training centres throughout Germany could build on the experience of the pilot project and also endeavour to do so.


Exotischer Marktstand

What does what I eat have to do with global food sovereignty? What does it mean for my ecological footprint if I consume meat every day? The BIOPOLI youth education project of Hamburg’s Agrar Koordination association provides an insight into and information about what these and other issues have to do with agriculture and nutrition.


Diesterweg-Familien beim Auftakttreffen 2019

Pride and joy for the participants in the fourth graduating class of the Diesterweg scholarship. Next Saturday, they will celebrate the completion of the two-year educational programme for students and their families. This time, the coronavirus pandemic demanded a great deal of flexibility and open minds from all those involved.


Studierende des Graduiertenkollegs im Gespräch

The Post-Graduate School of Waldorf Pedagogy at the Alanus University awards doctoral scholarships, in order to support research and the promotion of young academics in the field of Waldorf pedagogy. The first scholarship holder was recently able to conclude and successfully defend his Ph.D. thesis. In it, Frank Steinwachs dealt with “Literature Didactics and teaching German at Waldorf schools”.


Studentengruppe im Seminar

All over the country, Waldorf schools are urgently looking for new teaching staff. But how do you actually become a Waldorf teacher? We interviewed two Alanus students about their experiences in their undergraduate studies and part-time master’s degree in Mannheim and Alfter.