Making empathy, self-efficacy and physical activity a human right
- Prize Category: Supporting Healthy Lives
- Format: Panel discussion
- Country: Germany
- Languages: Streamed live in English with automated captions in Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Filipino, Malay, Serbian and Hindi.
- Learn more about the Top Ten Shortlisted Schools in the Supporting Healthy Lives category on the World’s Best School Prizes website.
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About the school
Mathilde Anneke Comprehensive School, a secondary school in Muenster, Germany, believes that the individual student should be in the centre with their strength and talents. The school enables their students to participate in every area so that they experience their self-efficacy, a requirement for a healthy lifestyle.
To develop self-efficacy the school focuses on physical activity and sees it as a basic human right. It ensures at least four hours a week of PE lessons, and that students take physical free play breaks throughout the school day. The school cooperates with the University of Muenster and together they developed the “Sportpaten”- Project. Through this one to one mentoring program the children are empowered to be physically active, which serves as a resource for their healthy overall development. Moreover most of the lessons start with physical exercises “Schule mit Schwung“.
To promote healthy lifestyles and build resilience, the school has lessons on social and emotional health, a food programme that focuses on good nutrition, and counselling sessions for students experiencing poor mental health and stress.
Students are endowed with a great deal of personal reasonability and their thoughts are considered for major projects that are about to be implemented. The school allows its students to monitor and plan their own learning independently.
Together with parents and teachers, pupils design their own food plan every week and record their reflections about what they’ve learned about healthy eating and sustainability. The learning journal is used to promote positive reinforcement and centres around small achievements students build up – often they are asked to start with the phrase: “I am very proud of my self because of…”.
Join us for an important lesson on how to teach students to lead their own healthy life.
Moderator: Sven Schueler
Sven Schueler splits his time between being a father of two kids (11, 13 yrs.) and working as Head of Corporate Communication for LBS, a German company specialising in housing finance and real estate services. He holds a Masters Degree in Politics and Communications from Westfaelische Wilhelms-University (WWU) in Muenster. Sven has studied Journalism at the University of Georgia, USA and has worked for different media companies. In his free time, he is the organizer of a regional business networking event (12min.me) and an active member of the board of parent representatives at Mathilde Anneke Comprehensive School, Muenster.
Speaker 1: Dr. Marie Ghanbari
Dr. Marie Ghanbari is a teacher, lecturer and researcher at the University of Münster. She completed her University degree in the subjects of sports science, mathematics, and intercultural psychology. She was a guest researcher for her research period in Nigeria and was a doctoral scholarship holder of the Cusanuswerk. In her dissertation, she focused on the interaction model in an intercultural context: the analysis in self-concept, physical fitness and physical activity of Nigerian and German youth. She developed, implemented social projects that promote equal opportunities throughout physical activity for children. She trains university students in empathy interdisciplinary in 5 faculties. She received several awards Global-Teacher-Prize-Top-10 and the Cusanus-Prize.
Speaker 2: Birgit Wenninghof
Birgit Wenninghof is the principal of the Mathilde Anneke Comprehensive School. She completed her University degree in the subjects of English and German. She puts a strong focus on enabling the students to plan and monitor their own learning independently. Her school Philosophy is that education is no longer just about teaching learners; more important is to enable them to develop a reliable compass and navigational tools to find their own way in an increasingly complex, volatile and uncertain world. She is living the the concept of positive psychology and transferred it to the team model school. She has a huge impact on students life and build up a new growing comprehensive school.
Speaker 3: Markus Lewe
Markus Lewe has been mayor of the city of Münster since October 21, 2009. On September 27, 2020, he was elected to this office for the third time. He has also been President of the German Association of Cities since November 2021. He held this office from January 2018 to June 2019. From June 2019 to November 2021 he was Vice President of the Association of German Cities.
Speaker 4: Andreas Schleicher
Andreas Schleicher is Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. He initiated and oversees the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and other international instruments that have created a global platform for policy-makers, researchers and educators across nations and cultures to innovate and transform educational policies and practices. He has worked for over 20 years with ministers and education leaders around the world to improve quality and equity in education. Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said that Schleicher “understands the global issues and challenges as well as or better than anyone I’ve met, and he tells me the truth” (The Atlantic, July 11). Former UK Secretary of State Michael Gove called Schleicher “the most important man in English education” – even though he is German and lives in France.