The Class 2000 project has been making an important contribution to the education of and outreach to primary school children since 1991. And, it is not only pupils from educationally-disadvantaged families who benefit from the program.
Today however, the Corona crisis has worsened the situation for children with a difficult family background in particular: Support from sports clubs or youth groups has disappeared, and many children were or are dependent on themselves during the Corona crisis. Self-evident things, like eating and drinking healthily and regular exercise, have become a challenge.
OTRS AG will support this project as part of its corporate social responsibility activities. Specifically, OTRS AG is sponsoring a 3rd grade class at the Karben elementary school for the school year 2020/2021.
Thus, in addition to all the theoretical knowledge, the students develop important skills to be able to cope with everyday life (even in crisis situations) in a healthy and satisfactory way.
With Class 2000, children learn the first steps toward a healthy life through play: Teachers and specially trained health promoters create 15 hours of lessons per school year which are exclusively about health and life skills. Thus, in addition to all the theoretical knowledge, the students develop important skills to be able to cope with everyday life (even in crisis situations) in a healthy and satisfactory way. The symbolic figure KLARO accompanies the children through five topics:
- Healthy eating & drinking
- Movement & relaxation
- Liking yourself & having friends
- Solving problems & conflicts
- Thinking critically & being able to say no
Over 18,000 school classes, and thus more than one million students, participate in the program, which has proven to reduce the risk of addiction and violence, among other things.
“Resilience and mindfulness are not topics that only become significant in adulthood. The foundation for this should be laid at an early stage and should ideally be understood as part of the educational mission. Therefore, we are pleased to support this future-oriented project with our sponsorship,” says Sabine Riedel, member of the board of OTRS AG. “The earlier children get these abilities underway, the more self-confidently they can develop in their youth and adult age.”
Learn more about the project Class 2000: www.klasse2000.de/english/