Melisa Erkurt

  • Generation Haram
  • Why schools must learn to give everyone a voice!
  • Lecture

Melisa Erkurt came to Austria from Bosnia with her parents as a child. She has studied. She works as a teacher and journalist. She has made it. But she is an exception. Because at the end of a school year, she dismisses the class with the knowledge that most of her students will never speak German well enough to break their preordained destiny.
Here, a generation grows up without language and self-worth, to whom no one listens because they cannot articulate themselves.
For the time being, the “culture war” in the classroom is decided by others. Melisa Erkurt lends her voice to the losers of the education system. It’s not them who have to change, but the school system that has to find new ways.

Melisa Erkurt, born in Sarajevo in 1991, was an editor at biber magazine and spent two years working with the biber school project “Newcomer” at Vienna’s hotspot schools. Erkurt taught at a Viennese AHS and has been an editor at Report (domestic politics) on ORF since September 2019. She writes a weekly column in Falter and her column in taz is called “Nachsitzen.”

In the series Schule Neu Denken

Supported by the City of Heidelberg, Office for Equal Opportunities and Mosaik Deutschland e.V. as part of the federal program “Demokratie leben! of the Federal Ministry for Families, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.


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