The Klassik Stiftung Weimar is cooperating with various foundations to implement educational projects with young scholarship holders. We would like to describe a few examples on this page:
The START scholarship programme organised by the foundation of that name aims to offer young people from migrant backgrounds additional opportunities for advanced education and thus improve their chances of integrating fully and actively into society. In August 2009 and September 2010, young START foundation scholarship holders came to Weimar from the Free State of Thuringia and throughout the Federal Republic of Germany. They underwent an intensive course of learning relating to the life of Duchess Anna Amalia as part of the Cicerone+ educational project, which lasted several days. The guided tours, independent group work and museum, art and drama workshops aim not only to impart knowledge but also to foster all kinds of skills. The project concludes for example with short guided tours of historical sites focusing on topics chosen by the pupils themselves. The pupils presented this information to a specially invited public using methods of conveying knowledge developed by themselves, for example historical role plays. The two foundations are set to continue their cooperation over the next few years.
A joint educational project took place for the first time in cooperation with the Goethe House in Frankfurt (Freies Deutsches Stiftung) from June to September 2013. The project was co-initiated by the Frankfurt Bürgerstiftung and supported by Dr. Eckhard Gottschalk, a member of its curatorial board.
Before the summer holidays, 53 seventh and ninth graders from the Frankfurt Heinrich-von-Gagern Gymnasium visited Goethe’s birthplace where they learned about the poet’s childhood. After the summer break, the children were introduced to Goethe’s Weimar period. On 10 September 2013, the pupils travelled to Weimar and participated in a joint tour. They learned about the daily life and the political circumstances which Goethe encountered when he first arrived in Weimar. This was followed by a visit to the Goethe National Museum. In various workshops, the seventh graders examined Goethe’s social circle, the so-called »Friday socials«, and ›invented‹ their own scenes. Based on their personal impressions, the ninth-grade class staged various themes of the exhibition with the aid of original letters and reports by contemporary witnesses.
The continuation of the project took place from 20 February to 20 March 2014.