Creating equal opportunities for all citizens while guaranteeing a high quality of education and science have direct impacts on people’s well-being. Each individual, including disadvantaged children, adolescents and adults, must be guaranteed participation in the educational process. Educational – as well as support – services, for instance in the subjects of mathematics, computer sciences, natural sciences and engineering, must have greater transparency. To achieve this goal, it is necessary to improve the structures already in place within the education sector, starting from preschool education and continuing through school, apprenticeships, degree courses and into the professional world. Well trained experts and the use of digital media will be key to the success of this venture.
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At the DLR Project Management Agency, we prioritise education, gender research and integration. In this capacity, we support a variety of initiatives and programmes launched by the German Federal ministries and state governments to support the objective of giving individual educational opportunities to all people living in Germany. Our experts ensure that projects, qualification and research programmes can be properly designed and implemented.
For this reason, we support the ‘Framework Programme for Promoting Empirical Education Research, the results of which contribute to the formulation of education policies. One of its application-oriented support measures is the improvement of teacher-training programmes. Its purpose is for trainee teachers to be better prepared for their future work environments and includes school practices such as ‘inclusive education’. In place throughout the German states, the programme provides impetus to improve teacher training from the entry to the professional phase and ensure continued training. In contrast, the reform project we manage, the ‘Advancing Further Education of Early Childhood Professionals’ (WiFF), looks into the early days of the children’s education. The programme focuses on introducing more professional structures to the work of early childhood education teachers.