Welcome concept: How Neubulach takes care of refugee children – Teinachtal & surroundings

Children fleeing the war in Ukraine are also being cared for in Neubulach. Photo: shock


In Neubulach, 14 Ukrainian children and young people are currently being cared for with a “welcome concept”. The head of the Community School (GMS), Dominik Bernhart, was very pleased; most of all grateful.

Neubulach – Bernhart awarded this project the title “It’s the jackpot for us”. Mayor Petra Schupp now visited the children. She got an idea of ​​what was created in Neubulach and how it should be continued. She is convinced that the dazzlingly positive assessment of the GMS boss is in no way exaggerated. Conclusion: something has appeared in the mining town that can be compared to a Swiss movement. One gear precisely engages the other and thus caused a fantastic thing to drive, which in Neubulach can be described as a stroke of luck.



There are the Ukrainian children who, as recognized refugees, learn the basics of the German language just like in a regular school class. So far, they have been taught online, connected to their old homeland via the internet. It could happen that the children had to watch live how the hours had to be interrupted by bomb alarms and sirens. Now they are sitting in their Neubulach class studying the welcome book “Welcome to Germany” together.

High level of education

When you entered the classroom, there was already a loud “Good morning”, and then the cheerful melody of the children’s song “Green, green, green is all my clothes” was sung along with color names. In addition, “we would like to learn the grammatical terms ‘der, die, das’ today,” the teacher explained.

Principal Bernhart explained that the extra book title “German as a Second Language” is not correct at all. “The children of Ukraine have a very high level of education.” Makovezki added: “The elderly can speak English, it is common in Ukraine.” “Therefore,” says Bernhart, “it is predictable that” some children will soon be able to integrate into normal classes. In addition, there is a great love of mathematics among Ukrainian students.

Rebuilt meeting room

Gears number two: the classroom. While the children in most schools from the beginning are divided into individual classes for themselves, in Neubulach they find each other, regardless of their age. Namely in the converted meeting room of the Black Forest Sports Center in Neubulach. Those children who are already severely mentally affected are carefully introduced into the local school and learning system. Bernhart thanked CEO Björn Ahsbahs for offering the primary school, which is currently plagued by renovation work, a cozy home for free and without time pressure.




Ahsbah’s motivation is obvious. Like his father-in-law, Calw psychotherapist Rolf Johnen, he thinks with great concern of the children suffering from the aftermath of the war and the traumatic side effects. More than 30 refugee children under the age of 15 currently live alone in Neubulach.

Resilience training courses

Therefore, in collaboration with the primary school, a project must be initiated in Neubulach, which offers children from war and crisis zones temporary courses to promote resilience. What is already running successfully elsewhere must now be permanently installed in Neubulach. In order to create new (honorary) helpers, an initial information event was held in collaboration with the city on the “Neubulach project to support traumatized children” in Liebelsberg community center. The first result is impressive: “Eleven helpers have already signed up. Others are still considering it,” Schupp and Ahsbahs said happily.

Nevertheless, more helpers are welcome, the trio Schupp, Ahsbahs and Bernhart explicitly advertise.

That the current number of children remains at 14 is not set in stone for those responsible. “New children can be added every day. Ultimately, two factors are crucial for new residents to immigrate or emigrate: the opportunities to live and work,” Schupp and Bernhart speculate. So it may be the case tomorrow that new faces come into the interim classroom. That they then meet their countrymen to deal with the German language and way of life together makes their start easier.

Ukrainian among the helpers

But a cog is what Neubulach can score the most with. The Ukrainian Olesya Makovezki. She has lived and worked in Neubulach for 20 years. She quit a permanent job to be able to help her young countrymen. She was initially given a limited contract by the regional council.

One could feel in the friendly and cheerful “teacher” that despite the two decades in Neubulach, her heart is also connected to Ukraine as she translated the sympathetic words of the mayor of Neubulach for the children. “It is very enriching in peacetime to speak several languages. It is difficult for us here to imagine you having to leave your home, which in turn is very difficult for you. We hope and do everything you still feel at home. with us and your school days are good times for you, “says Schupp. Makovezki’s voice caught on. Her tears were genuine.



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