The new school year has begun, we welcome many new young people and do everything we can to ensure that they settle in quickly and feel at home.
The young people from our cooperation project ‘Practical experience and basic professional qualification for young refugees’ – 84 young people from seven school classes – each have a whole week in the Fliegerwerkstatt to get to know each other and us, to make their first products from wood and to try out tools and machines.
The first day begins with a specially built team game, then the first toolboxes and stools are made.
By the end of the week, the young people are already working together on larger projects and orders of the Fliegerwerkstatt: Building a round table tennis table for TURBULENCE Berlin, two boxes of sports equipment for the Anna-Lindh-Schule, three benches for the schoolyard of the Carl-von-Ossietzky-Gymnasium, a raised bed for the Westfeldgarten on Tempelhofer Feld and dismantling the Luftschloss at the Atze Musik Theater.
Cooking and having lunch together is an integral part of everyday workshop life. And anyone who wants to can also take a spin in our Boeing737 flight simulator or fulfil their own wish – for example, like two students from the OSZ KIM who are building a coffee table for their home.
The new school year has also begun for the welcome class at the Albert Schweitzer Gymnasium. One day a week is scheduled for the 18 young people as a practical day in the Fliegerwerkstatt.
After their first introductory projects, the young people are quickly involved in ongoing projects or realise their own ideas.
The enthusiasm for wood and metal projects has also spread to other young people at school. As a result, the number of participants in the Albert Schweitzer Gymnasium’s Fliegerwerkstatt work group, which was set up last school year, is also increasing.