Far too often children with migrant backgrounds don’t dare to speak up and as a result are left behind in school. With our support, we hope to help these children overcome language barriers. We want these children and young people to develop a positive attitude towards the German language and learn how to use it creatively, confidently and correctly. Our initiative was inspired by American author Dave Eggers’ project “826 Valencia”. For more information about the author’s work with immigrant children, click here.
Since its foundation in 2010, the project HD Ink – Put your ideas on paper! has become increasingly popular. About 90 children have been cared for and supported by our dedicated volunteer/voluntary tutors. The children and young people come from different parts of the world: Rwanda, Russia, Tunisia, Albania and Turkey are just a few examples of this diversity of nations.
In cooperation with schools in the region, we have quickly learned that strong language skills are important for all children. We have noticed how enthusiastic children become when writing their own works under guidance and allowing their creativity and imagination full reign. Therefore, we are now offer writing workshops for all children and young people.
Project manager Suzane Sabani came from Croatia to Germany when she was four years old and learned German as a second language here.
She studied psychology, political science and media and communication studies at the Universities of Heidelberg and Mannheim.