Apart from this, our main objectives were:
- Better understanding of what SEL is and how it works
- Gaining an overview of the German school system & vocational education
- Playing and understanding The Real Game™
- Preparing our next tasks and the work on the SELVET Toolkit.
On the first day we got an overview on the German school system and understood its complexity and how difficult it is for children to change their initial decisions on what kind of education they go for at the age of 10...
School teachers from different school types gave a lively insight into their everyday work and how they cope with social and emotional issues in education. For instance an English teacher from the Hainberg-Gymnasium, a UNESCO partnership school presented their numerous activities on top of the regular school tasks, such as visits in Tansania or their UNESCO project weeks. An overview on how various SEL methods are put into practice in Germany and the screening of the movie Freedom Writers closed the day.
On the third day another two projects were presented: Xenos/Fit for Life, available for pupils of the Volkshochschule Göttingen who make a second run on their education, and the immensly popular Lion´s Quest programme by the Lion´s Club organisation of Germany.
Some operational tasks and preparations for the next meetings took place in the afternoon before we closed a very successful meeting.
We all are very much looking forward our next meetings - see you in September in The Hague! :)