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Nele McElvany speaks in the Family Affairs Committee of the German Bundestag

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Nele McElvany live im Familienausschuss des Deutschen Bundestages am 18.03.2024 © Deutscher Bundestag​/​Deutscher Bundestag

Nele McElvany speaks as an expert at the public hearing in the Family Affairs Committee of the German Bundestag on the "Children's Future Program"


Nele McElvany was invited to the German Bundestag as an expert at the public hearing of the Committee for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth on March 18, 2024. At the 62nd meeting of the Family Affairs Committee, the motion of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group on the "Launching the Children's Future Program and leading it to success with ten measures" was presented and the individual program points were commented on by the invited experts during the meeting.

The ten-point program called for by the CDU/CSU aims to improve the educational infrastructure and strengthen early childhood education - this includes, among other things, diagnostics on the developmental status and targeted language support for children, compulsory pre-school support as well as better cooperation between daycare centers and elementary school, and improvement of full-day care services for primary school children.

Nele McElvany was particularly in favour of compulsory pre-school support, which should follow a standardized procedure. Prior to this, the need for support must be determined in a standardized diagnostic procedure. In addition, systematic language support as a mandatory part of the education system is essential in order to provide children with a level playing field for successful education and employment, their personal lives and social participation.

Nine other experts working in the field of education were invited to today's hearing - in particular representatives from science, associations and unions - and contributed their expertise to the discussion of the proposal for the "Children's Future Program" in the Family Affairs Committee.

The two-hour meeting was broadcast live on parliamentary television and is also available to interested parties as a stream afterwards.