The Corona pandemic has severely affected the lives of children and young people over the past two years. School closures have led to learning disabilities and mental health problems.
Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Last year, therefore, the federal and state governments jointly launched the action program “Catching up after Corona for children and young people” for the years 2021 and 2022. The federal states have now documented in their interim report what measures they have launched and planned for the further period.
Federal Education Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger explains:
The corona pandemic has placed a special burden on children and young people. School closures have created large gaps in learning, mental stress and other social disadvantages. In mathematics and science alone, the learning deficit is 10 to 13 weeks. The gaps are even greater for children growing up under more vulnerable social conditions. We can not accept that. Therefore, the federal government has provided one billion euros as part of the Corona catch-up program to reduce learning deficits. According to the federal report “Now we should increase our efforts further in the implementation. We owe that to children and young people.”
The President of the Conference of Education Ministers and the Minister of Education, Science and Culture of the Land of Schleswig-Holstein Karin Prien explains:
“Children and young people have suffered the most from the effects of the pandemic. The joint efforts of the federal and state governments should help us offer our students a return to normality with the various offerings. The various state programs and the federal action program ‘Catching up after Corona for children and young people’ laid the foundation for additional staff to come to the schools. Teachers in Germany, together with many other support forces and professions in the schools, ensure that students get out of the pandemic safely. ”
A-country coordinator and Hamburg senator for schools and vocational education ties Rabe explains:
“It is estimated that the pandemic-related school closures have led to a learning deficit in about a quarter of students. At the same time, the limited school and childcare opportunities during the pandemic have significant consequences for the motivation to learn and the human and social development of children and young people. To make up for such deficits and to enable all children and young people to continue their successful educational careers, the federal states and municipalities have created comprehensive and promising funding offerings. Nevertheless, perseverance is required before the consequences of the Corona virus can be overcome. “
The B-country coordinator and Hessian Minister of Education Prof. Dr. R. Alexander Lorz explains:
The action program shows how the federal and state governments can move a lot of money together for such an important task in the education sector and use it at short notice. Within a few weeks, the federal states have developed concepts for how to help children and young people who have suffered from the stress of the corona pandemic and have not been able to make learning progress in the usual way. And the federal government has shown that it can provide money in a very unbureaucratic way. Funding through the higher VAT rate represents a plan for other educations that can be used to finance educational tasks in the future. This preliminary report is impressive proof of that. “
You can find the interim report here.
Reducing the learning deficit is an essential part of the “Catching up after Corona action program for children and young people” for the years 2021 and 2022 by the federal and state governments. By amending the Financial Compensation Act (effective July 23, 2021), the federal government has made one billion euros available to the federal states for this purpose, a third of which will be in 2021. These funds from the reduction in the federal government’s share of sales tax directly strengthens the budgets of the federal states. The Länder are responsible for implementing measures to reduce learning deficits. You submitted a preliminary report on March 31, 2022.
The federal government’s preliminary report documents a wide range of widespread initiatives that were launched in the second half of 2021 and will be continued in 2022 and in some cases further expanded. The range of initiatives is wide, taking into account country-specific conditions and needs as well as locally proven structures: In addition to support offers for obtaining learning deficits in core subjects and language support offers, the leisure pedagogical holiday offer includes. , psychological support offers, career-oriented and special educational initiatives as well as music cultural offers and sports offers. It was realized through the use of teachers and additional support staff such as students in teacher education, pensioners, socio-pedagogical specialists and teachers in companies as well as with the help of partners such as clubs, foundations, adult education centers and guidance. providers.
The preliminary final report, to be submitted by 31 March 2023, is intended to take stock of the implementation of the measures and their effectiveness.