Heinrich Böll – Oberhausen, Germany

The school is situated in the north of Oberhausen, a city on the river Emscher in the Ruhr Area, Germany, located between Duisburg

and Essen. A long time in the past Oberhausen was connected with the coal mining industry, nowadays it is more serving the non-
productive industries.

Oberhausen is a very poor city, not only compared to the Ruhr-Area in general. This can be seen from the high unemployment rate

(about 13%). A lot of its about 210 000 inhabitants can be included with a very large group of socially weak people. Lots of people

with migrant background live in Oberhausen. And at the moment Oberhausen is expecting a large number of refugees. This will also

be noticeable in schools classes for children of school age of the immigrant families.

The part of Oberhausen our school is situated in can be called well-off, nevertheless the body of pupils is really mixed concerning

their family background.

The school is a comprehensive school, combining the different school leaving certificates that are possible in Germany, the highest

also connecting to university. About 1300 pupils, aged from 10 to 19, are taught by about 100 teachers here.

In some classes handicapped pupils learn together with non-disabled pupils, partly supported by integration assistants.

Apart from the European thought as a focus of our school’s work the mathematic-scientific focus is another important part of our

school program.

In the field of sports our school is working successfully as well: we are running a sports-oriented class whose pupils are in year 7 at

the moment. Besides we support talented badminton players who attend a part-time boarding school.

Foreign languages taught at our school are English (from Year 5), French (from Year 6 as an elective subject), Spanish (from Year 8 or

11), Dutch (from Year 11).

In September 2009 the school was granted the title of a ‘European School’. But we are having experience in international projects

much longer: We’ve already taken part in and organized Comenius projects, e-mail projects, e-twinning, European projects in the

school. Besides, we’re offering our pupils of the higher classes a work experience program and a language course in Spain (A

Coruña/ Salamanca); since 2003 we have been running a student exchange with a school in Poland (Nysa), we organized an

exchange program on the basis of sports with two schools in the Netherlands and Duisburg.

In 2003 we opened a bilingual class in our school as well, concentrating on geographic and historical contents, English being the

main language in these lessons.


More info on: http://www.hbg-ob.de/