The Minority Secretariat sees it as an important task to inform and advise schoolchildren, teachers, students and other interested parties about the four autochthonous minorities and their challenges in Germany and Europe.

Our offering is not aimed solely at members of the national minorities, but at anyone interested. Particularly in regions where minorities live, schoolchildren should learn about them and find out more about the situations they face in national and European contexts.

For example, issues relating to the autochthonous national minorities and minorities policy in Germany can be discussed here, and school classes, students and other interested parties can learn about the lives, cultures and languages of the individual minorities and experience the added value the national minorities bring to Germany and the benefits afforded by natural bilingualism. Important information about the foundations of minority protection can also be shared.

The subject areas listed below as examples might be explored in the form of a presentation, a lecture or a discussion.

Possible subjects:

  1. National minorities in Germany: the Danish minority, the Frisians, the Sorbian people and the German Sinti und Roma
  2. The latest activities and highlights of the four autochthonous minorities in Germany
  3. The minorities in Germany are not alone – about other minorities in Europe
  4. Minority policy in Germany with/without focus on one of the four minorities
  5. How are the autochthonous minorities in Europe organised?
  6. Natural bilingualism and multilingualism in Europe – what are the advantages?

Concrete examples:

  1. The difference between autochthonous and allochthonous (migrant) minorities; definition of a minority
  2. How are the minorities in Europe organised?
  3. Why do autochthonous national minorities exist? What does it mean if you belong to a minority?
  4. Elections and election campaigns – what can we do to ensure that our messages and interests are being listened to?
  5. Organisation forms and –structures:
    • Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) and Youth of European Nationalities (YEN)
    • European Commission and the Council of Europe from the perspective of the minorities
    • Minority Council / Minority Secretariat of the four autochthonous minorities of Germany
    • German Federal Parliament (Bundestag) and the natonal minorities
    • The representative organisations of the minorities: Sydslesvigsk Forening (SSF), Südschleswigscher Wählerverband SSW (South Schleswig Voters’ Association), Domowina – Federation of Lusatian Sorbs, Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, Frasche Rädj / Frisian Council Section North
    • Minority policy in Schleswig-Holstein/Saxony/Brandenburg as examples

Information material for download

in Danish: De autoktone nationale Mindretal og Folkegrupper i Tyskland

in German: Die autochthonen nationalen Minderheiten und Volksgruppen in Deutschland

in Lower Sorbian: Awtochtone narodne mjeńšiny a ludowe kupki w Nimskej

in English: The autochthonous national minorities in Germany