Kohlberg. Hans Ringhoffer donated a further EUR 15,000 to the Parents’ and Teachers’ Association of Kohlberg Primary School just before the Christmas break. He had already donated the same amount to the school in 2010.
He views school social work as a measure that has been shown to have a positive impact on the pupils in Kohlberg - that was the reason that Hans Ringhoffer gave for his decision to donate another EUR 15,000 to the Parents’ and Teachers’ Association of Kohlberg Primary School.
This amount will now make it possible for school social worker Nicolai Amann to continue his successful work next year. Nicolai Amann has worked at Kohlberg Primary School since early 2011 and actively contributes to creating a positive learning climate for the children.
He takes action at different levels: Pupils know that they can approach him if there are any conflicts with other pupils or if they need to talk and require longer-term help. The school social worker provides sustainable help for problems at school and at home and looks for solutions together with the teachers at the school. He also repeatedly works on projects in larger groups or whole classes to strengthen the sense of community of the class or to improve the sensitivity of pupils to each other.
For months now, the teachers at the school have reported that school social work makes teaching more effective: on the one hand, they no longer need to solve all conflicts and problems that occur themselves and can dedicate themselves to teaching without disruptions, and on the other hand, relaxed and balanced children simply learn more easily. When speaking to Hans Ringhoffer, the pupils also stressed how much they like Nicolai Amann and talked about the activities that he offers and how he has helped them already.
The Chair of the Parents’ and Teachers’ Association of Kohlberg Primary School, Dr. Viola Hörner-Wetzel, was relieved that the work would continue: “We are all happy and grateful that school social work will continue at the primary school for now.” The earlier children start to receive support, the greater the chances of long-lasting success.
Hans Ringhoffer views this as one reason for his continued commitment - Ringhoffer has already donated EUR 15,000 in 2010. He is investing in the future of our children. For now, it is unclear how Kohlberg Primary School will continue after 2012, Dr. Hörner-Wetzel said. But the school is hoping that the community will recognise the importance of and need for school social work for the development and learning experience of the pupils. It is also unclear to what extent the federal state will contribute funding in the future, but the school fears that equipping the new secondary schools will take greater priority, the Chair states.
30 December 2011
From: SÜDWEST PRESSE
Online source: http://www.swp.de