Education is one of the key elements in the Foundation’s policy. The Stichting Oude Groninger Kerken feels it is important to inform young people about their religious cultural heritage at an early age.

The future belongs to the young

Our educational activities are linked to the heritage education programmes offered at primary and secondary schools. In this way the Foundation hopes to create a basis for support of its work in the future.

The Schoolchurch: unique space for Children to shape the future

Europe embodies a rich culture of history, religion and politics. This culture can be read in retrospective in buildings, spread over the whole territory of Europe, such as churches and monasteries. Religious heritage often is described as something from the past, since Europe is still secularizing. In the Schoolchurch, religious heritage is not exclusively about the past. The medieval church and tower, with 16th century vault paintings is presented in close connection with brand new architecture and design, of the highest artistic level. Children are invited to learn about human beings as extremely imaginative creatures, in history as well as today. The unique, attractive and rich learning environment engages them to submerge into what people believed and found important throughout times, and today, and invites them to tell about their own believes, experiences and traditions. It's not our heritage we should foster and feed. It's our children, because they form the future. In the Schoolchurch we facilitate building a positive society, together. An urgent and beautifull task. (European Hertitage Days)
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Elementary education

Groningen’s Historic Churches Foundation feels it is important to inform young people about their religious cultural heritage at an early age. We want to make children aware of the unique heritage in their immediate surroundings and acquaint them with it. We hope that in doing so we are creating a basis for support of our work in the future. We have developed educational material for all grade levels and some projects are suitable for the entire school. In consultation with you we can also offer a customized project.

Advanced education

One of the Foundation’s main priorities is education. The Foundation strives to engage young people in preserving their religious cultural heritage. We show them the everyday practicalities of heritage preservation and challenge them to reflect on these. In this way we hope to inspire them to support us in the future. Our partners include the University of Groningen and the Hanze School of Education.

Internships and research

Groningen’s Historic Churches Foundation provides guidance and supervision to students doing internships and graduate research all year round. Students pursuing various fields of study and from various backgrounds can be placed with the foundation to gain valuable experience in the heritage sector. The foundation has internships available in a number of fields including Engineering, Marketing & Communications and Education.