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Project Objectives

The primary objective of this project is to provide students with increased access to quality tutoring free of charge. 


The academic success of students continues to be strongly linked to the economic status of their parents. Studies show that children from economically disadvantaged households or with parents with a low level of education perform significantly worse at school. 


The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated this imbalance. After many months of homeschooling, the need for out-of-school tutoring has increased rapidly. Learning deficits can often only be overcome with additional help from outside school.

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To counteract this effect and increase equal opportunities in education, it would be essential to expand the network of voluntary tutoring services and thus ensure additional school support regardless of the parents' financial situation.

However, not only people who volunteer as tutors are urgently needed, but above all trained tutors who can provide professional and effective support.

Many people would like to get involved but feel unprepared or have no idea what volunteer tutoring might look like.

In addition, volunteer tutoring must meet some minimum standards to be effective. Therefore, there is an urgent need to make volunteer tutoring more attractive to individuals and to provide them with low threshold, fun, and hands-on short training courses.


Around a quarter of all pupils state that they need extra tuition but are unable to obtain it for financial reasons. Studies show that children from households with incomes below the median receive tutoring in only 13% of cases, while children from households with above-average incomes receive tutoring in 30% of cases. However, if tutoring is only available to some of the children for cost reasons, educational inequalities are significantly intensified.

If these students do not receive adequate support, the skills gaps continue to widen and the gap between economically disadvantaged children and children from well-off households widens. this has a lasting impact on the social equilibrium and the further life path of the children concerned.

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In A1, a series of interviews will be conducted with existing volunteer tutors and experts in the field of education. Essential building blocks for a short training course for volunteer tutors will be identified. A curriculum for digitizable learning content will then be derived from this.


In A2, a short training course will be designed to impart the necessary competencies for the position as a volunteer tutor in a low-threshold and playful manner. The content will be digitized and can be widely distributed in several languages (EN, DE, FI).


A3 focuses on advertising the activity as a volunteer tutor. The focus is on the advantages of this work, but also on the joy of volunteering.

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