Advancing education digitally
Imaginative and innovative: We present three start-ups from Germany that have been successful in the area of education.
Little adventures for children
Opening up new worlds to children and allowing them to embark on little adventures: that is the mission of the Berlin-based children’s app and games developer Fox & Sheep. With over 30 million app downloads and a number of awards, it has been very successful so far. The apps are designed for children aged two to eight, giving even very small children the chance to get to know the digital world. The developers expressly see themselves as complementing the real world: in the “Little Fire Station” app, children can rescue animals and put out fires, as well as explore the fire station. Fox & Sheep was founded by Verena Pausder and Moritz Hohl in 2012.
Teaching IT skills
IT skills are taught at the ReDI School of Digital Integration, a non-profit tech school. Though targeted primarily towards refugees, it is also open to those interested in IT and to beginners in this field. The courses are free and taught for the most part in English. Furthermore, the school gives its students the chance to establish professional networks in the tech sector. It was established in Berlin in 2016, and has branches in Munich, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf and Duisburg. Co-founder and CEO Anne Kjaer Bathel received the 2020 German Start-up Award for best female social entrepreneur.
Digital exam preparation
When the coronavirus pandemic forced schools in Germany to close in March 2020, the Abitur (university-entrance qualification) exams were just about to begin. Samir Roshandel decided to provide a digital learning platform to support students taking the exams. This marked the beginning of “Bildungshelden.net”. With the help of co-founders Mahmoud Madani and Emre Cengiz, a website was quickly created that students could use to take online courses. So why was Roshandel so keen to help? His motivation stems from his own personal history: he was twelve when he fled from Afghanistan with his family. Now in his mid-thirties, he did his Abitur in Germany and later studied in places including Canada and China.
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