The coach@school - bookcase programme (2017- ongoing) is the first multilingual reading promotion programme that links the educational locations of school/day-care centres and home. It uses multilingual books to promote the family language or language of origin in order to facilitate learning German. The multilingual, intercultural books support children in their learning development and strengthen their personality. Families are offered the opportunity to read together with their child in their language of origin, as this improves their educational opportunities and social integration.
The main objectives are:
- Strengthening of literacy competencies and promotion of multilingualism;
- Imparting of values of a tolerant society, address children's emotions and promote independent and creative engagement with the book content;
- Strengthening parental involvement and promotion of educational partnerships;
- Networking and cooperation.
Two suitcases are available for each participating school class, including twelve multilingual, intercultural, and inclusive children's books in twelve languages, a reading diary for the children and multilingual reading instructions for the parents. The books were selected based on scientific findings in anti-discrimination research.
The project is currently implemented in Hamburg, Hamburg and Frankfurt, Hesse (expanding underway). It is funded by Foundations, NGOs, Corporations, Bildungslotterie (Education Lottery), Hamburg Funding Parliament, and Citizens.