Holbein Gymnasium is the largest state school in Augsburg with 1210 pupils and 120 teachers. The school is the seat of the MB (administrative delegate of the Bavarian government) for the region of Swabia. For many years Holbein Gymnasium has had a large number of pupils with migration background and thus has made special efforts to support them – in cooperation with Augsburg Universty – with special language learning programmes which are also open for German pupils. Holbein-Gymnasium was the first school in Augsburg to introduce the all day school on a large scale, a measure that has made it easier for pupils from disadvantegd or migratory mackground to succeed.
Parents have a high degree of involvement with the school. Voluntary participation of the parents guarantees generous opening hours of the Media Garden (a library in which lectures, creative writing workshops and sceenings take place) which – like other rooms in this school – has been planned and constructed in the context of project work with the pupils in cooperation with a renowned architect. In cooperation with the Bavarian Chamber of Architecture and the association “Architecture and School” the cafe “Tür an Tür”, a center fur intercultural counseling has been realized in cooperation with refugees, volunteers and pupils of the upper forms. The “Tür an Tür” cafe has been presented in the German Pavillon at the Architecture Biennale in Venice and will be exposed at the Museum of Architecture in Frankfurt. There are strong links with One World Shop Augsburg and with the Werkstatt Solidarische Welt and the Tür an Tür Association with its focus on the integration of refugees. Since the late Nineties there has been a cooperation with the Maria-Theresia Gymnasium in the so-called AK GLOBAL Workshop in which pupils, teachers and parents have realized projects, events and exhibitions with the focus on human rights, ecology and intercultural learning. A regular event is the World Carneval in Augsburg that provides a platform for organizations and istitutions that are active in the fields mentioned above. Teachers of both schools cooperate in “Bildungsbündnis Augsburg” and organize innovative educational events, e. g. the “Bagabungstag Augsburg”, a local congress for innovative education.