Promotion of education

More education for Duisburg

On the occasion of his golden wedding anniversary in 1856, Franz Haniel donated a school to his home town of Duisburg-Ruhrort. The family entrepreneur also set up a fund which was used to pay the school fees of talented children whose parents could not afford to send them to school.

In the 19th century Franz Haniel demonstrated what still applies in the company to the present day: a value system whereby business success goes hand in hand with the obligation to create added social value. In this tradition, Haniel continues to campaign for better education opportunities – in particular at its headquarters in Duisburg and for socially disadvantaged children and young people. The company provides both financial and non-material support for numerous projects and initiatives to improve future prospects for young people, and campaigns for more educational justice.

Hand in hand for more education

In the promotion of education, the company and the Haniel Foundation in Duisburg go hand in hand. In order to improve the prospects of socially disadvantaged children and young people, the "Education as an opportunity" cooperation project was launched in 2010, together with Ashoka Deutschland and the three social enterprises apeiros e.V., Chancenwerk e.V. and Teach First Deutschland. Each of the three education initiatives have the same target group, but follow a different approach. While Teach First Deutschland supplies schools with outstanding university graduates as teaching support for two years, Chancenwerk enables access to qualified private tutoring for pupils from financially weaker families. The aim of apeiros is to help truants to re-enter school. By dovetailing the solutions in Duisburg, more can be achieved with their combined strength to reduce educational barriers and pave the way for a successful professional future for pupils.

More on the "Education as an opportunity" project.

School partnerships

Another form of Haniel's commitment to better education in Duisburg are school partnerships. The company supports the Franz Haniel Grammar School, the Aletta Haniel Comprehensive School and Ruhrort Community Primary School, among other things by doubling the support association's resources. The money is invested by the schools, for example in equipment and special projects. One of these is "Education". It gives pupils the opportunity of up to three visits to the opera during their school time. For the majority, it is their first encounter with high crop.