Arne Friedrich’s endowment (AFS)
The Arne Friedrich’s endowment (AFS) deals with the health, education and integration of children and youngsters. The children should be allowed to have a possibly better life, while the endowment promotes projects aimed at causing and initiating easier integration.
The endowment has three groups: responsibility, integration and friendship – launched to help the integration into Germany of war refugee children that were given the chance of an asylum.
The integration program
The integration program also has the job to provide social responsibility for German children and thereby makes integration easier, building up and strengthening friendships.
The project shows children what it means to migrate to a foreign country where integration as a refugee can be very challenging.
Through this the endowment tries to prevent possible prejudices or discrimination against refugees.
The pilot phase
To create a basis for a common and peaceful coexistence, the endowment carries out a pilot phase in which, among the rest, the following program points are offered under expert guidance and support:
- the picture book cinema of the civil endowment in Berlin. The program already showed its effects after a short time. Children with migration background learn the German language faster
- Olympic stadium guidance with Arne Friedrich: the problematic, historical background of the stadium was recognized as well as the huge responsibility of every one for the society by all children equally
- Berlin city tour over the Spree
- Teach the children how to film videos to hold on to important and interesting things
- Sensitization workshops around different subjects for the children from Berlin. Subjects: escape and asylum, global inequalities, distribution of wealth and the flow of refugee, as well as privileges and discrimination in the German everyday life
The pilot’s group started with 6 German children and 6 refugee children.
The most important was to connect fun and education. In a short time, The children put aside their fear of making contact with one another and grew together to a homogeneous group.
This program should be a base for school community or class community to build harmonious relations and should be carried out in many other school classes.