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.

“It takes a village to raise a child” - this African proverb is taken literally in the Schloss Tempelhof community. Schloss Tempelhof, a self-governed commune located between Stuttgart and Nürnberg, has been working since 2011 to develop a school. In 2013, the first students began learning in the newly founded Schule für freie Entfaltung Schloss Tempelhof (the Schloss Tempelhof School for Free Development).

How can learning be designed to take place in real life, and not in an artificially created learning environment? How can a farm provide a basis for such a learning environment - providing the oft-cited “village” that it takes to raise a child? Dr. Tobias Hartkemeyer has been mulling over these questions for quite some time.

Education researcher Heike Lubnitz has developed an entirely new approach to dealing with the challenges of dementia in disabled persons. Her research, the subject of a doctoral dissertation completed at Leibnitz University in Hannover, received a research excellence award from the Stiftung Leben Pur. The Software AG Foundation provided financial support for the project.

When children become severely or terminally ill or experience the loss of a near relative, the most important thing - next to the best possible medical care - is gentle caregiving. During this time it is of the utmost importance that the child, siblings and family members all receive the support they need to manage trauma and avoid long-term psychological effects. In Darmstadt and Südhessen, the Malteser children's hospice and family support services have assumed this important caregiving role.

Poor ability to concentrate, difficulty spelling and trouble with maths: these phenomena can result from an innate learning behaviour in which information is more heavily processed on the right side of the brain. These individuals are called “picture thinkers”. Dirk Randoll and Jürgen Peters studied the thinking patterns of these picture thinkers and determined how they can learn best.