Friedrich Froebel is a German pedagogue who lived from 1782-1852. He is world-renowned for his establishment of the first kindergarten in the world in 1840, which is located in Bad Blankenburg in Thuringia, Germany. This kindergarten celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2015. Froebel first worked as a teacher of older children and adolescents, and only later dedicated his efforts to early childhood education. His main life’s work focused on the all-encompassing idea of Erziehung – childcare combined with child education. This is reflected by his main literary work, a book called Menschenerziehung (The Education of Man). In this work, Froebel laid the foundation for many subsequent pedagogical successors, who in turn worked with his ideas and expanded upon them.
Today, Froebel’s concept of educating and raising free-thinking people who learn through active, hands-on educational experiences- is more current and crucial than ever before.
Due to the global challenges we encounter, it is fitting that we give Froebel’s neglected/forgotten heritage a new forum for international growth. Scientific study results in the fields of neurobiology, learning psychology, anthropology, and other, have concluded that Froebel was already on the right track over 200 years ago in lieu of his development of his educational and childcare concepts.
The Froebel Centre conserves Froebel’s heritage and, due to its international perspective, helps to advance Froebel’s educational concepts in their most current form for today’s world. These modernized concepts are significantly based on learning experiences in which the child actively participates in a hands-on, sensory, and thought-producing way. The Centre’s goal is to present and teach these concepts to educators mainly via practical, hands-on training so that these become more transparent and understandable. Ultimately, children benefit from these modernized Froebel concepts, being transmitted to them in the form of effective learning experiences.
It is our strong conviction that Froebel’s ideas are highly important and useful in today’s world. The Froebel Centre supports this conviction by distributing his ideas in a wide variety of ways.