The Cost of Education in Germany
What does one German student really cost? The Software AG Foundation asked the Steinbeis-Transferzentrum für Wirtschafts- und Sozialmanagement (Steinbeis Tranfer Center for Economic and Social Management) in Heidenheim to research the actual costs of educating a child in the different federal states of Germany. According to the study, the costs are much higher than the figures the state governments use for political decisions in educational matters.
An additional report commissioned by the foundation and prepared by Prof. Dr. Friedhelm Hufen regarding the "constitutional limits of under-financing in private schools" comes to the conclusion, in light of expected continued budget cuts, that "even the current level of financial support does not meet the constitutional requirements."
The cost calculations and commissioned reports are available for each federal state (in German).
Bayern – Report and Figures (PDF)
Baden-Würtemberg – Report (PDF), Figures (PDF)
Brandenburg – Report and Figures (PDF)
Bremen – Report (PDF), Figures (PDF)
Berlin – Report (PDF), Press Release (PDF)
Hessen – Report and Figures (ZIP)
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern - Report and Figures (PDF)
Niedersachsen – Report (PDF), Figures (PDF)
Nordrhein-Westfalen – Report (PDF), Figures (PDF)
Sachsen – Report (PDF), Figures (PDF)
Sachsen-Anhalt – Report and Figures (PDF)
Schleswig-Holstein – Report (PDF), Figures (PDF)
Thüringen – Report (PDF), Figures (PDF)
Saarland – Report and Figures (PDF)
Rheinland-Pfalz – Report and Figures (PDF)
Retirement Funding: Focus of a New Brochure
In many Waldorf institutions, retirement funding is a crucial and fundamental issue. A working group of experienced Waldorf directors, initiated by the Bund der Freien Waldorfschulen (Association of Waldorf Schools) and the Hannoversche Kassen (Pension Funds), has met to address these issues. The goal is to bring together the various actors, to generate greater awareness about this issue and to communicate solutions. A recent brochure was designed to create more awareness of this issue on a broader scale.
The Software AG Foundation supported this project with the goal of achieving comprehensive, transferable solutions.