The education and participation package (often designated as education package) provides services that supports families with low income to allow their children participate in the area of social, educational and extracurricular activities. This includes financial support for school trips, excursion, extra-moral classes, school books, student transportation, tuition, lunch catering in the day-care center, school and after-school and contributions to the club membership.
Seven months after the introduction of education and participation package, as an indication of the German Association of Cities and the German County Association, only 44% of eligible families have taken the opportunity offered. The statistics of participants who receive social and housing support lays at 50%. The problem here is not only the low overall utilization of this possibility, but also the use of learning support, which currently stands at just 3%.
Lack of German language skills often prevent many targeted immigrant families, to claim these benefits for their children. Children and young people miss valuable participation and funding opportunities.