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What has education to do with intergenerational justice? It is one of the most important issues: Education gives people the opportunity to find a job and therefore it is the key factor for society’s productivity. The demographic development shows that there will be a decrease in the amount of young people who attend schools and universities. Therefore, an education of high quality is very important and that means more money for the educational system. The most important thing is to provide the same opportunities to everyone to attend the educational system. Every child, no matter if he or she has an academic or working-class background, is a native speaker or an immigrant, should have the same opportunities which unfortunately is still not reality. That is something we have to change! A good educational system is the chance for a good life of the future generations.

Within the research field of education, the Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations (FRFG) edited several publications which, for example, are:
  • In the book "Ihr habt dieses Land nur von uns geborgt" , an anthology of the founders of the FRFG, Maja Schmidt analyses in the article "Eine falsche Bildungspolitik verkauft unsere Zukunft" (page 273-307) the deficits of the German educational system. It is about social benefits in Germany, e. g. the grant system, the lack of the numbers of teachers and the savings of the public spending which have a dramatic impact on the education of children.
  • The German issue of the Intergenerational Justice Review (3/2003) is about family policy and intergenerational justice. Prof. Dr. Norbert Wenning from the University of Hagen (Germany) writes about the good possibilities of full-time schools for the working life of parents whose children attend full-time schools.

The foundation also organizes projects which funds education to focus the public view on the issue of demographic change in society, politics and the economy.
  • The German-Polish congress “My future – your future: generational justice in Germany and Poland” which took place in Torun (Przyksiek) in 2006, to create a consciousness of the issue of intergenerational justice. On a workshop they discussed education politics and at the end the statement was: “Education is our most important resource. It is an investment into our future. The future generations have to have at least the same possibilities due to education as other generations. Therefore public financing has to focus more on education.”