Moslem parents take the initiative
Educational advisors in action
Moslem parents guide mothers and fathers with a migration background through the German educational system.
When it comes to education, parents are the most important guides for their children alongside teachers. But how can parents not familiar with the German educational landscape live up to this role? To lend their children a helping hand and keep an eye out for obstacles down the road, Moslem parents in Cologne are taking action. What began in 1996 as a self-help initiative has grown into a network that also incorporates fathers and comprises a diverse counselling offer. For five years now, the father’s club has supported fathers in educational work. Once a month, seasoned fathers offer new dads basic training. Later, in a weekly fathers meeting, they discuss the challenges of intercultural education together in a casual atmosphere. At the get-togethers, they also talk about everyday problems, for example, about the fact that little Murat often prefers to play football rather than doing his homework. The Cologne-based initiative is exemplary because the intercultural work being done is not just lip service. All of the advisory services are offered in German, Turkish, and Arabic. As a result, the educational guidance is not just theoretical but is geared to the day-to-day realities of inter-religious and intercultural Cologne society.
www.bfmf-koeln.de (website in German only)