"Education is the highest good we can give our children." (Cat Stevens)
Goal of Griffbereit is to lay the foundation for solid multilingualism through early language and family education. This is a goal that the European Union has been pursuing since 2002:
According to the European Council, the promotion of at least two other languages should start in early childhood. In the long term, the aim is to promote individual multilingualism until all citizens have practical knowledge of at least two languages in addition to their family language. An investment that pays off, because:
"Every new language is like an open window that opens a new perspective on the world and broadens one's outlook on life." (Frank Harris)
 Barcelona European Council, 15 and 16 March 2002, Presidency Conclusions, Part I, 43.1.
All the languages that families bring with them form an enormous social potential that must be promoted at all costs. In the same way, the promotion of the German language plays a decisive role: German is the language of society and of educational institutions and thus the prerequisite for integration and social success.
Griffbereit takes effect even before the KiTa!
The programme runs in day-care centres, family centres, etc. In this way, families are introduced to the education system at a very early stage and children experience diversity, community and diversity as enrichment from the very beginning. The educational partnership with parents/families established here supports the diversity-oriented opening of educational institutions: Pioneering cornerstones against prejudice and exclusion.
Multilingual children develop in the same way as monolingual children
Multilingualism is an opportunity, not an excessive demand
Language and identity are closely linked
Language blends are part of natural communication and identity in multilingual families
The attitude towards speakers of one language determines how successful the acquisition of another language is.
Language acquisition is individual and depends on various factors
Multilingualism is the norm, monolingualism the exception
How can I support language acquisition?