Energy saving plans: Close the offices, but leave schools and day care centers open

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This winter, the children must come first

When the parents can hardly afford to go to school

Einschulungsmaraton in Germany: A big day for all families whose children start school in August or September. But looking into your wallet should spoil the mood for one or the other – the basic equipment for first class is quite expensive.

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Because heating costs are rising sharply, educational institutions such as libraries and day care centers are warning that they will have to limit their operations in winter. Bad memories from the last two Corona years will probably wake up in the families. Have we really learned so little?

LDear parents, the year 2020 called and wants its childcare debate back. You can look after your children at home again in the winter and work on the side? After all, it has worked well for the past two years. If there are more people in a room, it doesn’t cool down as quickly.

They’re laughing? Unfortunately, it is quite serious.

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The fear that we will run out of gas in the winter is under control in Germany. From September, an energy saving regulation will enter into force, which, according to the draft, allows, among other things, that workplaces may not be heated to more than 19 degrees, retailers must keep the doors to their shops closed, and advertising will no longer be required. be lit at night. So far, so fair. The gas supplement will also come into effect from October. It is intended to compensate for the increased procurement costs of large importers for missing deliveries from Russia.

It will be expensive. And not just for private consumers. The municipalities are already sounding the alarm: Investments in new schools may be postponed, libraries would have to close during the day, and the use of swimming pools may become more expensive. Private providers are likely to be hit even harder than municipal institutions, as they cannot expect any government support. The association of small and medium-sized day care providers has already warned that the increased costs in emergencies must be offset by staff cuts. In plain language: Poor adherence to minimum or shorter opening hours.

“An entire population was forgotten”

Bernd Althusmann (CDU), economy minister of Lower Saxony, criticizes the traffic lights for an “immature, immature gas tax” which is now “trying to be compensated”. The federal government had “forgotten an entire population”. He would have liked an overall energy concept.

One thing is clear: to free Germany from its fatal dependence on Russian gas, everyone must come together. Save energy. practice renunciation. be in solidarity. But after more than two years of the pandemic, in which the rights and needs of children and families in Germany were largely ignored politically, schools, day care centers and other educational institutions should be among the last institutions to cut corners.

For many months, children practiced renunciation, wore masks, renounced contacts and outings. Frozen in winter with open windows because there were air filters in parliaments and businesses but not in schools for a long time. Many children still cannot swim properly, remedial education has been canceled in many places, as have choir practices. Especially the children, who already have a hard time, were thrown even further back.

We owe it to them to come first this winter. Even if it means that everyone else has to do without a little more.

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