The project to open a German-French SESB branch in north-east Berlin

Parents of French-speaking students are mobilizing for the opening of a German-French SESB branch in the northeast of the city for middle and upper classes.

What is the SESB program?

SESB offers education based on continuing bilingual instruction. This language learning offers social experiences and cultural activities, so that children can fully immerse themselves in the language and therefore the chosen culture.

German and the second language are both taught. School children can choose between 9 different languages ​​among Berlin’s network of schools: German and English, French, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish or Turkish. Today, more than 6,000 students take these courses in Berlin.

The German-French SESB program in Berlin

In Berlin, 4 elementary and 2 integrated secondary schools offer this program. The primary schools are located in Mitte (Grundschule am Arkonaplatz), Schmargendorf (Judith-Kerr-Grundschule), Neukölln (Regenbogen-Schule (Grundschule)) and the Markisches Viertel (Märkische Grundschule). As for the German-French SESB program for integrated secondary schools, the two schools are located in the Schöneberg district (Georg-von-Giesche-Schule and Sophie-Scholl-Schule). For many French-speaking families living in the north-east of Berlin, this limited offer for secondary school and these locations in the southern half of the town, is a brake on the education of children in the Franco- course. German.

An offer not available in North and East Berlin

As a result, half of the students who followed the program in lower grades did not go on to high school. Many French-speaking families live in the northeast of the capital. In a survey conducted on the initiative of parents and presented at the meeting on May 2, the responses of 359 French -speaking families were collected. It represents a total of 526 students, 96% of whom live in Mitte, Pankow, Reinickendorf and Friedrichschain. Or districts that do not offer a SESB offer.

There are many children in my oldest daughter’s SESB class at Georg Giesche high school who spend a lot of time every day on public transportation from Wedding and Pankow, ”said one parent.

So there are two options right now: leave this course or take long trips by public transport to get to the school that offers the German-French SESB offer.

“The problem is that the Senate blocked this initiative because a school is not yet full. However, this school is too far away for students from the northeast and does not offer an adequate program for them ”explained one of the initiative participants. By forming a strong mobilization of parents of French-speaking students, the initiative aims to create political pressure for the Senate to provide for the implementation of the SESB program in the city’s northeast.

We are very interested in opening a branch of the SESB secondary school in the north-east of Berlin and we would be very happy if a simple solution could be easily found on the part of the Senate administration ”, highlighted a parent of a student.

To find out more about the profile of French-speaking families who want their children to have access to SESB classes, the parents ’initiative therefore created a survey that could be used as a petition to support the request. in the Senate.

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