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In internationally competing for future prospects, education and research are becoming central societal resources. If Germany’s innovative capacity is to be secured for the long term, its people must have access to education and knowledge, and equal development opportunities in science and research. Successful reforms in these areas require a national effort of all those involved. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) and the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend, BMFSFJ) are meeting these challenges through a wide range of initiatives to promote research projects and effective innovations in the fields of education and equal opportunities. The Project Management Agency in the German Aerospace Center DLR (PMA in DLR) is supporting the BMBF and the BMFSFJ in developing and implementing these initiatives.
The "Learning Locally" Program is an initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in cooperation with various German foundations. Using federal funds and funding from the European Social Fund (ESF), the programme has been set up as a means to provide an incentive for local authorities to create and manage their respective education systems in a coherent and sustainable way. "Learning locally" plays a central role within the Ministry's qualification initiative "Advancement through Education", which can be described as a powerful step forward towards more and better education and advanced training, hence life-long-learning for all.
Committee on Innovation in Continuing Education
The Committee on Innovation in Continuing Education (IKWB), which was set up by Federal Minister Dr Annette Schavan, submitted its ten recommendations for a concept regarding the organization of lifelong learning on 5 March 2008. A priority goal is to attain a participation of 50 per cent in lifelong learning and continuing education and training by 2015.
Early Childhood Education
The expansion and improvement of personalised early years education of children represents an important aim of German educational policy. Against this background, improvements in the structures and contents of basic and advanced training courses for specialist teaching personnel are of fundamental importance. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) therefore provides funding in the research areas of cooperation between early childhood and primary education and expansion of the research project in the "Early years specialist teaching staff" initiative with the goal of acquiring well founded knowledge of the institutional and personal requirements and necessities prevailing in the field of early years education.
All-day School Research, General Education
Increasing the availability of all-day schooling is one of the most important educational policy reform initiatives in Germany designed to create better educational opportunities and a higher quality of education for children and youths.
Gender and Equality
Equal opportunities for women in education, research and industry and gender research analyses are prerequisites of societal innovation, and at the same time form an important component of it.
Vocational Qualification Prospects
'Vocational Qualification Prospects' is a Federal Ministry of Education and Research program that aims to use structural changes to permanently reduce the number of adolescents and young adults without a professional qualification. To this end, networks in the two main funding areas of 'Regional Transition Management' and 'Certificate-Orientated Modular Training' are to be sustainably established in 97 model regions.
New Media in Education
The focus area 'New Media in Vocational Training' will promote the use of digital media, Web 2.0 technologies and mobile applications in training and further education in order to increase the effectiveness of new media in vocational training.
Empirical Education Research
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research framework program for Promoting Empirical Education Research should help to structurally enhance and qualitatively develop empirical education research in Germany, as well as to network it internationally and provide knowledge for reforming the education and academic system. The program has been developed in close cooperation with the German federal states and the academic community and has two pillars: measures for the structural strengthening of empirical education research and the subject-focused main research areas.
Quality Pact for Teaching
Universities in Germany are devoting increasing attention to the quality of teaching and to study conditions; the program for better study conditions and greater quality in teaching of the Federal Government and the Länder ("Qualitätspakt Lehre") is dedicated to this issue, supports the universities in their diverse approaches and provides new stimuli for the development and implementation of requirements-oriented measures.
Higher education research
With its funding focus on "Higher education research", the BMBF is supporting the development and expansion of research via institutions of higher education. This is aimed at intensifying the systematic consideration of internal and external factors underpinning scientific knowledge. The funding consists of various funding lines.
Research into Literacy and Basic Education
We work to promote adult literacy and basic education. The United Nations Literacy Decade was proclaimed in March 2003 with the objective of significantly reducing global illiteracy rates by the end of the decade in 2012.
The Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth has commissioned the Project Management Agency to develop and implement a standardised procedure to document the work conducted by youth migration services (JMD). The web-based documentation software 'i-mpuls JMD' will initially be implemented in a pilot phase with 12 youth migration services and then rolled out to all such services in an optimised form.
Expired and transferred projects
The Education Bonus
Since 2008, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research has been supporting people in employment who would like to extend their training. Funding is aimed in particular at those whose low income has previously prevented them from accessing further education. Persons who are interested in further training can contact one of the Education Bonus advisory centres across Germany, which will help find suitable training providers and issue a "bonus voucher" that can be used to cover half the cost of training up to a sum of 500 euros. The "Service and Program Bureau" at PT-DLR was commissioned to manage the program during the first funding phase, which ran until November 2011.
Learning Regions - Supporting Networks
The German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) aims to connect educational and training facilities and institutions with "consumers" of education and training (individuals and enterprises) in its programme "Learning Regions - Supporting Networks". The networking and building of partnerships takes place on a regional scape, thereby a "Learning Region" is constituted.
Promotion of Skills – Vocational Qualification for Hard-to-reach Target Groups with special Needs for Support
The programme co-financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) together with ESF funding ran from 2001 to December 31, 2006, followed up by a transfer phase extending until August 31, 2007.
Vocational and social integration of disadvantaged young people
Commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, the German Aerospace Center Project Management Agency oversaw the development of competence agencies for the professional and social integration of disadvantaged young people from November 2006 to August 2008. Competence agencies organise differentiated support services across a diverse range of fields and improve regional project structures.
The technical school is an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) that aims to foster a study and work orientation within the MINT field (mathematics, IT, natural and engineering sciences and technology). Young people with higher education entrance qualifications gain an in-depth insight into the everyday working world by spending several months as an intern in companies and non-university research institutes.
Aktuelles im Bereich Chancengleichheit/ Genderforschung
Neuer Auftritt des BMBF-Ganztagsschulportals
Broschüre "Ganztägig bilden - Eine Forschungsbilanz"
Ganztagsschulforschung: "Studie zur Entwicklung von Ganztagsschulen -StEG" wird von 2012 bis 2015 weitergeführt"
Broschüre zur Fachtagung eQualification
Bekanntmachung 2013: Richtlinien zur Förderung von Vorhaben der Begleitforschung zum Qualitätspakt Lehre
Bekanntmachung 2013: Förderung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses im Bereich der empirischen Bildungsforschung im Rahmen von Veranstaltungen
Förderbekanntmachung 2012: Professorinnenprogramm II
Förderbekanntmachung 2012: Sprachförderung, Sprachdiagnostik und Leseförderung
Förderbekanntmachung 2012: Sprachliche Bildung und Mehrsprachigkeit
Förderbekanntmachung 2012: Chancengerechtigkeit und Genderforschung
Förderbekanntmachung 2011: Alphabetisierung und Grundbildung
Förderbekanntmachung 2010: Kompetenzmodellierung und -erfassung
Implementing the Female Professors Program
Professional convention Further Training Circle of Innovation
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