The ZinKKo® Bildungsprojekt


The German system of education in plain English

Project manager:                             Zentrum für interkulturelle Kommunikation und                                                                                 Kompetenz e. V.                                                                       Contact:                                              Iyamide Mahdi

Educational Coordinator:         Gertrud Christophersen, retired Member of the Supervisory                                                             Board of Education for Lower Saxony

Funded by:                      

Stiftung Sparkasse Stade-Altes Land                                                                                                        Dr. Buhmann Stiftung für interreligiöse Verständigung                                                        Stiftung Bildungsregion Stade                                                                                                        Soroptimist International Club Stade                                                                                                Lions Club Stade und Lions Club Aurora von Königsmarck                                              Hansestadt Stade

Sponsors:                                    VielfaltPlus Iyamide Mahdi                                                                                                                        Gründungs- und Innovationszentrum Stade


Registration and Information:     Zentrum für interkulturelle Kommunikation und                                                                                 Kompetenz e. V.                                                                                                                                       T: 04141 776149 (Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. – noon)                                                            Mail:

Concept: During the pilot project Vielfalt nutzen – Bildungsqualität steigern (December 2014 to June 2016) 21 women and 2 men completed a nine-month course in order to qualify as educational experts for their respective cultures (so-called “Bildungsexperten für den eigenen Kulturkreis”) .

In cooperation with the educational establishments (in the broadest sense) within the Hanseatic City of Stade the Bildungsexperten have been offering courses in their native tongue since September 2016, with a view to transmitting their knowledge to other immigrant parents.  A main emhasis is thereby placed on enabling parents to make the right decisions regarding their children in the German system of  education. At the same time, the Bildungsexperten are available as interpreters for talks between parents and educational establishments.

The Bildungsexperten: The Bildungsexperten feel at home in Germany while at the same time remaining firmly rooted in their own cultural environment.  They have a good knowledge of German and excellent language skills in their respective native language. They have first-hand knowledge of the German system of education or have at least one child of school age.

Maternal languages spoken: Albanian, Arabic, English, French, Italian, Kurdish, Farsi, Polish, Russian, Serbo-Croat, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog (spoken in the Philippines), Tamashak (spoken in Mali) and Turkish

Topics: The topics, as well as the timeframe during which the courses  will be held, are listed on our website.  For further details please contact the Association ZinKKo.

Target group: Immigrant parents, whose children (aged between nought to 25 years) attend educational establishments within the Hanseatic City of Stade.

Costs:  The courses, held in the various maternal languages, are free.

List of qualified Bildungsexperten:       M. Abdi Qani, Igballe A-Jaha, Chioma Albert, Dilschad Barsenji, Erica Boso, Nesime Sevim Can, Tugba Dogan, Rabiha Feindt-Riggers, Natalia Gonzalez, Zeinab Hamade, Diamanta Hykaj, Osiris Lütjen-Aguilar, Natalia Kanke, Marylin Klein, Aneta Klinke, Fariba Nazari, Ana Reig Matthies, Leyla Shariati, Vera Suppes,  Mina Walet-Oumar,Olga Yakusheva, Emine Suna Yigci



English translation provided by Iyamide Mahdi