Braunschweig, 27 May 2019
- Total funding: EUR 15,000
- Focus on promoting children's self-responsibility and road safety
The Bebelhof and Altmühlstraße primary schools have received bicycles, safety helmets and security locks worth around EUR 15,000 from the "Our Children in Braunschweig" foundation belonging to Volkswagen Financial Services. 50 children altogether will be benefiting from the donation.
The schools are lending out the bicycles free of charge to pupils who do not have a bike of their own. As well as cycling to and from school, the children can also use the bikes privately. By using the bicycles on a daily basis and through special project weeks, pupils can learn how to ride them safely and improve their cycling proficiency over a longer period of time. At the end of the 4th school year, every child can then take a cycling test. The project further fosters a sense of personal responsibility among the children in that they help repair any defects to the bikes themselves together with collaborating cycle repair shops.
"Foundation – Our Children in Braunschweig" (abbreviated to SKIBS in German) was established in 2008 by Volkswagen Financial Services. It was set up to provide sustainable support to socially disadvantaged children in the areas of education, exercise, music and nutrition.
In the photo (from the left): children from the Bebelhof primary school, Angelika Rimatzki (Management Board, "Foundation – Our Children in Braunschweig") and Roswitha Siering (Principal, Bebelhof primary school)
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