Education initiatives

Education is strongly related to economic growth. In view of the demographic changes we are facing, a comprehensive and attractive education system is more important than ever for an industrialised country like Germany. To play in the big leagues or even lead our globalised world, we need smart minds. But the number of young people entering the job market is shrinking, and German companies are now struggling to find skilled workers for their vacancies.

Adding to this is the fact that our educational system is focusing on equality, not individuality. Many gifted children and young people are under-challenged. As public schools cannot satisfy their thirst for knowledge, they depend on private or local education initiatives that not all parents can afford. One day, these talented young people will shape our society. How can we help them move forward?


Smart little brains

Investing in education means investing in the future. This far-sighted principle is part of the Savings Banks philosophy. Consequently, four Savings Banks foundations focus on educational offers for children and young people. For example, the numerous educational projects supported by the Sparkasse Südholstein foundation include financial and organisational support for an enrichment programme designed to promote particularly talented children.

The project gives these children the chance to bring their special skills to life – without restrictions. Special workshops help them discover and build on their particular aptitudes and individual talents, by playing with other children who think and feel in a similar fashion. For Sparkasse Südholstein, a Savings Bank in the far north of Germany, the importance of this targeted promotion is that the project unleashes cognitive and creative potential – which our society will need urgently in the future.

9,852 girls and boys have attended 826 training courses since early 1999. Right now, 84 workshops in progress are being attended by 1,162 female and male pupils. The offer comprises the arts, history, mathematics, languages (including Chinese and Japanese), as well as environmental and scientific experiments.

Eager to experiment: highly-skilled pupils at the enrichment course.