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kiebitz - Zeitschrift der Landesfachgruppen Sozialpädagogische Berufe der GEW Baden-Württemberg, 01/2014
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School social work in an educational partnership: "inclusive bicycle workshop project"

By initiating the inclusive bicycle workshop an unprecedented project was created at Uhlandschule in Marbach, a school for children with special needs counting approx. 120 pupils. In close cooperation of the headmasters of three Marbach schools, the school social worker of Uhlandschule and Zedler – Institut für Fahrradtechnik und -Sicherheit GmbH the concept of a bicycle workshop at Uhlandschule was initiated.

Pupils from all three schools (middle school, technical school and school for children with special needs) experienced and organized the setup of "their" workshop from the very beginning. On only three dates the pupils could rebuild free rooms into a workshop. They used nearly exclusively used objects to create an almost professional bicycle workshop. Due to the strong commitment of the Zedler company, the biggest part of the equipment could be made available for free.

Since recently, weekly lessons are being held, where pupils from all school types are instructed by a master mechanic cycle craft and the school social worker and learn basic knowledge in bicycle technology. Going through all major fields of bicycle technology, the pupils not only learn the necessary professional skills, but also the ability to concentrate, technical understanding, planned and anticipatory working and many more things.


Text: Mark Lange, school social worker at Uhlandschule in Marbach 

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