School projects

If you want to see young people grow up to be active, interested members of society, there’s hardly anything you can do that has more long-lasting effects than to convey to them the joy of reading. “We want to awaken young peoples’ interest in media and to show them that the newspaper is a young, exciting product with which, incidentally, one can learn a great deal,” says Holger Hintzen. In the Dialog editorial office of the Rheinische Post, he accompanies youngsters with reading promotion projects from their pre-school years to the start of their working lives.

Texthelden: Each year, more than 28,000 young people, from elementary schools through secondary schools, participate in this interactive project. Those in the elementary schools read the daily newspaper for four weeks, while those in secondary schools read the paper for six weeks. Upon request, the classes are also granted access to the electronic form of the paper so that they can explore the daily newspaper’s digital world. In order to help teachers prepare interesting, variety-rich classes using the daily newspaper and its online version, they are provided with specially designed learning materials that are appropriate to the age group in their classes. The young people become acquainted with the structure and the sections of the newspaper, they visit the print shop, and learn how a newspaper provides information on complex facts. In secondary schools, young people are given the opportunity to become reporters themselves. With appropriate guidance, they write their own articles, which then all appear online. The best articles are even selected for publication on a special page for “Texthelden” in the RP. The Rheinische Post has been assisting and accompanying schools since 1990, and through this work, thousands of young people have discovered the joy of reading a newspaper.

www.rp-online.de/schulprojekte/texthelden

LeseMentoren Neuss: This reading mentoring project is an initiative of the charitable Werhahn Stiftung. It seeks to work with young people aged eight to fifteen. The reading mentors meet with the young people they are assigned to work with once per week, teaching them how to read a book and then discussing it. The children’s speaking and reading skills are enhanced greatly through this individual attention. Each Friday, all 160 participants in the program receive a pdf file of the “Kruschel Post.” 

Your contact

Editorial office:
Hol­ger Hint­zen

Natasa Balas
natasa.​balas @ rheinische-post.​de