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With the new school year, the Regine Sixt Children's Aid Foundation is taking on ten mentorships in eastern German cities in cooperation with Die Chancenstiftung.

German companies are finding it increasingly difficult to fill apprenticeship positions. At the same time, the economy is struggling with a growing shortage of skilled labor. For three out of every four businesses, the number one impediment to apprenticeships is the scarcity of high school graduates who are prepared for one.


Over 50,000 kids leave school without a diploma every year. Most of them come from low-income families that can't afford the tutoring that their children urgently need. Retired German President Horst Köhler says that, "Educational opportunities are life opportunities. They cannot be dependent on a person's family background." In that regard, however, Germany comes in last in Europe and its education expenditures are,moreover, below average among OECD countries (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development). That's where Die Chancenstiftung – Mentors for Germany steps in: Through professional tutoring institutions, it gives tutoring grants to children and adolescents from low-income families.

 

Because the high school dropout rate is particularly high in eastern Germany, the Regine Sixt Children's Aid Foundation is determined to get involved there. Ten children from low- income families in the cities of Schwerin, Magdeburg, Potsdam, Erfurt, and Dresden will receive two double periods of intensive professional tutoring each week for a year in subjects where they need help.

That will help kids like 12 year-old Rabea to stay in school: "I've had problems in Math and English since I've been in secondary school. Without this support, I would have had to drop out of school because my parents couldn't pay for tutoring." On average, that support has helped children and adolescents improve their grade point average by 1.3 points.

And in the future as well, the Regine Sixt Children's Aid Foundation will offer more children and adolescents the opportunity for a good diploma and apprenticeship. On-site Sixt employees will personally make sure of that. This will also give the mentees a peek into everyday life at Sixt.