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Unser Anliegen ist es, mit unserer Öffentlichkeitsarbeit bestehendes Engagement und beispielhafte Projekte sichtbar zu machen. Darum rücken wir nicht nur in unseren Print-Publikationen die geförderten Initiativen und die Menschen dahinter in den Mittelpunkt, sondern haben auch auf unserer Website großen und kleinen Leuchtturmprojekten einen besonderen Platz eingeräumt.

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A New Handbook for Repair Workshops in Schools

Foto: Claudia Munz

Repairing instead of throwing away: students at the Rudolf Steiner School in Munich-Schwabing are learning to do just that in the school’s repair workshop. The organizers’ experiences with the project are collected in a newly-released book, Reparieren macht Schule.

Ending the throwaway society: students in the 5th-11th grades at the Rudolf Steiner School in Munich-Schwabing regularly repair broken objects, free of charge, that their customers bring in to their repair workshop. The initiative was started by physics and math teacher Walter Kraus and is supported by a number of volunteers. In two years, they have saved over 300 objects – mostly electric and electronic appliances – from being scrapped.

The project’s organizers have now documented their experiences in a newly-released handbook to encourage as many schools as possible to set up a similar project. The handbook provides practical tips for creating a repair workshop in schools and discusses safety aspects, necessary equipment, and sensible conditions. The handbook also includes a scientific evaluation of the positive pedagogical aspects of the project.


When someone approaches the end of life, it can be an extremely difficult time for affected family and friends. This is especially true in the case of a terminally ill child. The ambulant children’s hospice and family support service in South Hessen cares for families in this very difficult situation and also offers assistance for daily life with a critically ill or terminally ill child.

Repairing instead of throwing away: students at the Rudolf Steiner School in Munich-Schwabing are learning to do just that in the school’s repair workshop. The organizers’ experiences with the project are collected in a newly-released book, Reparieren macht Schule.

What value can a common-good balance sheet create for schools and other social institutions? A pilot project at the Free Waldorf School in Wetterau produces promising results.

People with and without disabilities often have few opportunities to interact in daily life. The staff, visitors, and helpers at an inclusive project in Darmstadt, ZwischenRäume, are working to change this by building bridges between two often very different worlds.

How can we reach young people who end up on the wrong track and drop out of school or their apprenticeship program? A Heidelberg-based project called “LÄUFT?!” uses a personal, individual support program to help young people in NEET (not in employment, education, or training) to find new perspectives on their personal and professional development.