Family and education

We are a child- and family-friendly state

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Little children at kindergarten Broderstorf

Little children and their nursery nurse sitting at table and drinking <p>© nordlicht</p>

Little children at kindergarten Broderstorf

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern would like to be Germany's most child- and family-friendly state. The state already stands out because of its attractive selection of crèches, kindergartens and nurseries. 97% of children between the ages of three and six attend a day-care centre; 77% of children between one and three years of age are looked after in crèches or by childminders.

The state has further boosted the quality of early childhood education and lowered the pupil/carer ratio in kindergartens to 1:15. Since August 2012, places at crèches have become up to 100 euros cheaper for parents. The fees for the final year of kindergarten had already been lowered before then.

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Pupils sitting in their classroom at school

Pupils sitting in the classroom with open books at their desks  <p>© nordlicht</p>

Pupils sitting in their classroom at school

After kindergarten come the four years at primary school and the orientation stage in Years 5 and 6, which is offered at regional and comprehensive schools as well as sports and music schools. Thanks to the longer period of communal learning up to Year 6, the different talents of the children are better recognized and more consistently promoted.

After that, there are various possibilities. The regional schools prepare children for vocational training. Pupils can finish school after Year 9 and are awarded their "Berufsreife", a school-leaving certificate, or can stay on until Year 10, when they can graduate from school with the 'Mittlere Reife'. Pupils attending a Gymnasium (grammar school) take their Abitur (general qualification for university entrance) after 12 years at school.

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The University of Greifswald invites to its Science Day in 2015

Poster of the invitation to the Science Day at the University of Greifswald <p>© University of Greifswald</p>

The University of Greifswald invites to its Science Day in 2015

Higher education in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is characterized by the two oldest universities in the Baltic region: the University of Rostock and the University of Greifswald. Then there are the universities in Wismar (University of Applied Sciences, Technology, Business and Design) and Neubrandenburg (University of Applied Sciences), Stralsund University of Applied Sciences and Rostock University of Music and Drama. Excellent education, short study periods and not least the location of the universities in one of the most beautiful regions of Germany are attracting ever more students to the state.

"Sea your future" – this is the slogan with which Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is wooing students: "Learning, where others go on holiday. Study interesting subjects. Perform practical research. Graduate quickly... " That and more is what a course at one of the six state universities in MV promises students.

For more information, go to: www.sea-your-future.de