This year’s World Children’s Day took place under the motto “Together for children’s rights” in order to raise awareness of the rights of young people and to focus on them more consistently. For this reason, “logo!” children’s reporter Polina met Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz in his office in Berlin and asked him about education and children’s rights worldwide.
In addition to personal questions such as “Chocolate or gummy bears?” and “Clean up or rule the mess?” Polina talked to Scholz about education in Germany. So she wanted to know whether the politician thinks it is fair that children from low-income families have a harder time at school.
“I don’t think that’s fair at all, but we have to do more,” explains the Chancellor, “that’s why I’m very much in favor of having small classes so that all the children can be looked after.” It is important to him that all children have the same opportunities for a good education – regardless of “what knowledge they learn at home” and “how much money there is at home.”
When asked whether German children’s rights also apply to Ukrainian refugee children, the politician has a clear answer: “Children’s rights apply to all children. That’s particularly important because they fled the war and experienced terrible things. See how destruction has taken place.” The children should feel “quite safe in Germany”.
Scholz as a history teacher?
The child reporter cannot understand the fact that there are currently few teachers in schools and that there was only one music teacher for her entire school last year and asks Olaf Scholz for an explanation: “We need many teachers,” he clarifies. This would require more training places and offers in Germany: “Unfortunately, it is now the case that we not only have a situation where sometimes there are not enough jobs that are paid for teachers to be hired.” Teachers simply couldn’t be found “because not enough people have been trained in the past.”
And what would the Chancellor teach if he had to step in as a teacher himself? “It’s hard to say because I’m probably not good at a lot of things that I used to be good at school. Maybe I’d try English or history.”
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