Study cafés offer free after-school care and tutoring for pupils between 6 and 15 years of age. The initiative was launched by the former State Secretariat for Integration and Caritas in 2011 and has spread all throughout Austria since then. Integration Minister Sebastian Kurz is pleased about the positive results achieved so far: “The number of study cafés has more than doubled since 2011 when the State Secretariat for Integration was founded, and we have invested some 800,000 euros in 19 study cafés since then.” Children from immigrant families profit the most from the daily support offered by the study cafés. “83 percent of the children who come to the study cafés have a migratory background. The initiative is a veritable lighthouse project in this field”, Integration Minister Kurz said.
Michael Landau, President of Caritas said: “Every child should be given the best possible opportunity to learn for school and life. In the Caritas study cafés, disadvantages pupils with and without migratory background receive free tutoring and after-school care. More than 400 volunteers looked after around 900 children in the Austrian study cafés in the school year 2012/2013. The success of the study cafés is remarkable: 95 percent of the children who attended finished the past school year with positive marks; homework is done and done correctly, the German language skills and reading skills of the children improve significantly. Thanks not least to the support we have received to date, this valuable teaching provisions has been extended to cover 28 locations in Austria by now.”
“The study cafés are a success story! We want to and will continue this successful project together with Caritas”, Integration Minister Kurz concluded.