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Who Is the GGG?


Gemeinnützige Gesellschaft Gesamtschule e.V. (="charitable society comprehensive school - registered club")

The GGG is a non-profit organization, that was founded in January 1969 and at present has about 4,000 members nationwide. These are teachers, parents, pupils/students, experts of humanities and science, of education policy, and educational administration. Everyone is invited to become a GGG member who wants to contribute to making the COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL a better place in the interest of children, parents, and instructors and in the interest of social progress.

What does the GGG do?

The GGG mediates the expert dialogue of all those who support educational reform. It tries to bring the experience thus gained and the ideas developed in this process into the practice of school and politics. At its provincial associations different operative methods have developed: establishment of brain trusts, pupils', parents', and teachers' seminars, Comprehensive School Markets, issue-related Comprehensive School Days, regional and national conventions, info brochures, member's newspapers, and statements on politico-educational subjects. GGG study groups have worked out brochures on numerous issues of school practice and the democratic moulding of schools. On request members can get a copy of any of these brochures for free. Besides, the member's newspaper "Gesamtschul-Kontakte" (="comprehensive school contacts") with information on the development of comprehensive schools in Germany is published four times a year.


How is the GGG organized?

The GGG is a registered non-profit club and is financed by membership fees. It is subdivided into Provincial Associations and the Federal Organization.
At the Federal Chief Committee the provincial associations closely work together with the Federal Board. The General Meeting within the framework of the Federal Conventions determines the principles and positions of the organization.
The Federal Organization
facilitates the exchange between comprehensive schools which vary a lot in number and in organization in the German länder. While for instance in North Rhine-Westphalia there are only integrated comprehensive schools organized as all-day schools with an upper grammar school level of their own, in Hesse almost all comprehensive schools have been secondary level half-day schools from the beginning and autonomous upper level grammar schools were set up for several secondary level schools. There is a GGG
Provincial Association
in every German land. According to the number and types of comprehensive schools in a land the provincial assocations are different in size and have different chief spheres of activity. In North Rhine-Westphalia which holds about one quarter of all GGG members the GGG offers regular courses within the official further education programme for teachers and for parents. In other länder GGG seminars and conventions are separately approved of for further education by the ministries of education and the arts. At the national level the GGG sees itself as the comprehensive school lobby making statements and taking care of the interests of comprehensive schools when it comes to the politico-educational decision-making.



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