Corona information

The compulsory attendance in schools remains suspended. From April 12, 2021, alternating lessons take place for grades 1 to 6 and 10 to 13 in half the class in an alternating model. Pupils are called to use the distributed Rapid Covid Antigen Tests. From April 19, 2021 the grades 7, 8 and 9 will restart in half classes in the alternating model. The Rapid Covid Antigen Tests will be carried out obligatory in the schools.

Since April 8, 2021, the daycare centers offer emergency care only for families in systemically relevant professions .

Schooling Hotline +49 30 90227-6000 | Daycare Centers Hotline +49 30 90227-6600


Youth Work

Youth work is aimed at all young people between the ages of 6 and 27. It includes youth association work, open child work and open youth work as well as community-oriented programmes.


Youth work is aimed at all young people between the ages of 6 and 27. It includes youth association work, open child work and open youth work as well as community-oriented programmes. The main focus areas include extracurricular youth education, cultural youth education, international youth work and children’s and youth recreation. Children’s and youth work promotes the development of democratic competence and a self-reliant personality.


The voluntary and open character of youth work enables its programmes to focus on the interests and living environment of young people. These activities promote social responsibility and encourage social commitment.


What all programmes have in common is that they pursue the goal of self-determined and equal participation by all young people, regardless of their gender, special needs, religion or ethnicity. That is why the inclusion approach is already practised in many projects and activities.

Youth work in Berlin strengthened

Child and youth work in Berlin has been strengthened and secured for the future with the implementation of the new Youth Promotion and Participation Act. The main goal of the new law is democracy education and the participation of young people.

The report “Strengthening youth work in Berlin – legal standards and better financing” analyses the current legal and financial situation of youth work in Berlin and suggests solutions. The report was commissioned from the youth welfare experts Prof. Reinhard Wiesner and Prof. Bernd Schlueter by Youth Senator Sandra Scheeres.

Youth Work in Schools

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There is hardly a youth work organisation in Berlin that does not cooperate with schools. The cooperation is multifaceted. Youth work activities, for example school clubs, are specifically incorporated into the school environment. More information

Youth Education Centres

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Youth education centres offer a wide range of educational opportunities. One-day events, weekend and week-long seminars and training courses often relate to current social challenges. More information

Leisure Time Education and Recreation

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Youth work organises the leisure time of children and young people in a variety of ways and invites them to participate. This work includes activities in children's and youth recreational facilities as well as trips and holiday camps. More information

Cultural Education

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Whether painting, acting, making films, playing music, dancing, writing or doing photography - cultural education is part of personal development. It is therefore also an important part of youth work. More information

Youth Associations

Link to: Youth Associations
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Youth associations are important partners in youth policy when it comes to representing the interests and political participation of young people. In Berlin over 30 associations invite self-organized and voluntary involvement. More information


Link to: Participation
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The state programme Youth Democracy Fund Berlin has been able to implement a wide range of participation projects: at the state level the U-18 elections, the youth FORUM in the Berlin House of Representatives and models of e-participation. Further information german only. More information

International Youth Exchange

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International youth exchanges have a long tradition in extracurricular youth education. They enable exciting experiences with contemporaries in other countries and with foreign guests at home. More information

Media Education

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Media literacy helps children and young people to deal with media responsibly and creatively. Media literacy centres in the districts organise a large number of media education programmes and projects. More information