Including forms of teaching In 1845 the Michaelshof in Rostock, Germany, was founded as safety house on initiative of Johann Hinrich Wicherns. The Michaelshof is also running an inclusive school for children with special needs in the area of mental development. Together with Silvia Gorgas, the Regine Sixt Children's Aid Foundation DRYING LITTLE TEARS aimed to provide the children with a safe and easily accessible outdoor area. On the existing flat roof, a terrace with a balustrade out of safety glass and a weather-resistant wood floor was built. An awning protecting the children from strong sunlight was installed simultaneously.
In the 2013/2014 school year, the special needs school was converted into an inclusive school, so that now children with severe and intellectual disabilities learn together with students without disabilities under one roof. They are brought together with cooperative and inclusive forms of instruction; degrees of disability, which are socially separating to this day, do not play a major role for the children in this concept. In the summer of 2015, the school and the after-school care center moved into a new area, which now enables the expanded school and school-accompanying work. For example, the after-school care center will be expanded from a handful of places to a capacity of 132 places with 1,000 square meters of usable space plus outdoor area.
The Michaelshof in Rostock is an inclusive school with day nursery where mentally handicapped children learn together with non-handicapped pupils. As no additional state or federal funds are available for inclusive, i.e. care-intensive schools and institutes, the Regine Sixt Children's Aid Foundation has decided to support this project. The foundation finances the interior fittings, the interior equipment as well as the construction of a new soccer field.
“Society's task is to create social spaces so that inclusion can succeed. The commitment and support of the Regine Sixt Children's Aid Foundation made it possible for us, among other things, to implement a successful day-to-day care center with differentiated offers. "Alexandra Falkner, director of the Michaelschule