About Us

Main goal and activities of our NGO

The Association for Intercultural Activities and German Language Promotion e.V. is an NGO active in encouraging multilingualisam, intercultural education in German preschool and school institutions and supports international families in learning German as a second language.

Staff

The work within the NGO is mainly executed by our five board members. Approximately 20 people are employed for the various projects that we run with great passion. For our work we employ consultants, course instructors, state-recognised nursery teachers and social workers, German language specialists, linguists and one trained speech therapist. Our team is also supported by volunteers.

History of our NGO

Unser Team

Since we founded VIASD e. V in March 2007, we offer play groups to support children with German as a foreign or second language. 

The German Language Workshops can be booked for all the children from the age of 3 years. Our groups are small and we work with two teachers in every group.

Our NGO also offers support for parents in the areas of multilingualism, German language promotion and the role of pursuing the native language in the family context.

In January 2011 with took on the management of two-parents oriented projects – “My Mother Learns German, too” and “Parents Meetings in Russion, Turkish and Arabic for Schools and Day Care Centers”. Later, starting in August 2011, as cooperation partner of the town of Darmstadt, we started the project “Big and Strong – Social Competences in the Crossover from Kindergarten to School”.

Our projects address both the international community in our region as well asGerman teachers and social workers. The project team is particularly committed to the development of welcome culture within educational institutions and positive approach toward multiculturalism.

In the first ten years of the NGO‘s work, our association supported 1500 children. The pedagogical objective of the Association for Intercultural Work and German Language Development e.V., with regards to multilingual children, is to:

  • achive a promising start in school and optimal development of their multicultural identity
  • to pursue bilingualism as an advantage in everyday life and for their career further on
  • empower the migrant community in the region

What do we aim at in VIASD e.V?

  • To offer pedagogically valuable, holistic language support
  • To create space for life experiences in the new language
  • To open up multi-lingual learning worlds for the all the children in our globaly oriented region
  • To support parents in their educational tasks and to strengthen their competences in keeping the mother tongue at home

Those are our partners....

Our partners are first and foremost the international families themselves. We cooperate as well with:

  • the kindergartens and after school institutions
  • the Elementary schools which have children with lack of German language skills in entrance levels, pre-school classes or first and second grade pupils
  • the local paediatricians
  • the national clubs of the migrant comunities
  • the intercultural office of Darmstadt
  • the Social Ministry of the federal state Hesse

PR

We are very pleased that our German Language Workshop together with the parent training programms has received a positive response from the local media, Darmstädter Echo und Frankfurter Rundschau. Our aim would be to use the alternative methods of language promotion to arouse interest in regional media and radio and television broadcasters.

Viasd team 2019.

That's us, Bojana behind the camera, working and preparing for the year 2019.

Bojana Knezevic

Bojana

I started my professional career at 22 as a German Teacher. I love teaching ever since and deep in my heart I am convinced, that only passionate learners can make the world a better place.

Further in biography, I have studied Intercultural Communication, EU Politics and International Organization Studies. Today I work as Cultural Sensitivity Trainer and Speaker. It was, however, my becoming a mother of two multilingual children, that gave me the idea of founding this NGO, so I can support the intercultural community in my town and help foreign children learn better German for a good school start.

In VIASD e.V. I take care of the projects fundraising and public affairs.

Bojana Knezevic

Brankica

I am trained specialist for learning German as a secong language in kindergarten and see myself as educator who can help young people from the earliest age onwards to realize their potential and ambitions.

My own experiences, and the ones I did with the bilingual education of my daughter, help me to understand the world of the multiligual children and their parents and to accompany and support them on their way to learn German as second language.

 

Bojana Knezevic

Maliheh

I am Maths and Sciences teacher for primary shools. I myself speak German as a foreign language. In VIASD e.V I work in the groups "Mathe trifft Deutsch". Since my family also has a migrant background and both my sons grew up as a bilingual children, I can very well understand how important good language skills for every school transition in their learning carrer are.

The transition from kindergarten to school is a significant step for children and their parents. Many new requirements have to be mastered. This includes a changed daily routine, new contacts and demanding new tasks. If the children master the transition successfully, this strengthens their personality and creates good conditions for future.

Bojana Knezevic

Snezana

I always loved nature and science, so I became a Food Engineer. In my profession, I followed the already known pattern.

But, then I moved to Germany and learned one great thought from Tom Hiddleston: - We all have two lives. The second one starts when we realize we only have one. Supporting foreign children in Darmstadt to achieve great goals in their lives became my preoccupation. My role in Deutschwerkstatt is to make sciences meet German, I am a supporting teacher in the pre- and primary school group.

Being math expert among German teachers in VIASD NGO I take care of the bills, excels and expenses.

Bojana Knezevic

Valentina

Bojana Knezevic

Viola

I am studing at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main and my objective is to become a secondary teacher for the subjects English and Spanish. I myself was raised biligual and speak German, English, Serbian and Spanish fluently. At the moment I learn French with great passion. My hobby is to play violin and I love to explore the role of music on the process of language learning.

Bojana Knezevic

Rita

It is very important to teach bilingual children the essential language skills in German as soon as possible. At least, this is what I found out during my years as homework assistant in elementary schools in Munich. Without a sound basic knowledge and the ability to understand the German language correctly, it is very difficult for these children to keep up at school.

Working with children in Deutschwerkstatt is not only supporting them learn Gerrman, but the ability to take them seriously, to focus on practical situations and to establish reliable friendships
That's why I am very happy to support VIASD e.V. as a German teacher in their mission to enable children to have a smooth school start and equal opportunities.

Beside teaching at VIASD e.V. I am interpreter for Tygrinia, a singer & songwriter and a motivational coach for children.

Get in touch

email: info@viasd.de

tel: 06151 627 47 39

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IBAN: DE48508501500008019630
BIC: HELADEF1DAS
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