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Adventist school system in Germany is growing

Adventist school system in Germany is growing

Schulzentrum Marienhöhe, Darmstadt © Photo: Schulzentrum Marienhöhe

By founding the Adventist denominational school in Müllheim / Baden last year there are now twelve Seventh-day Adventist German schools.

February 23, 2020 | APD.

According to the February 2020 edition of the Adventist Church magazine "Adventists Today" the total number of students in these schools increased by 4.4 percent to 1,212. The acceptance of these schools can also be recognized from the fact that over 80 percent of the students come from non-Adventist families.

At the moment the Adventist denominational schools in Germany are found in Heilbronn (elementary school), Herbolzheim north of Freiburg (elementary and secondary school), Isny in Allgäu (elementary and community school), Mannheim (primary school), Murrhardt northeast of Stuttgart (primary and secondary school), Rastatt (elementary and junior high school), Zeutern in the community Ubstadt-Weiher in Karlsruhe district (elementary and junior high school), Müllheim (elementary school) and

Nuremberg (primary school). Other Adventist educational institutions are the Andrews Advent primary school Solingen, the Advent school Oberhavel in Oranienburg (secondary school with a section of elementary school) as well as the school centre Marienhöhe in Darmstadt (high school, junior high school and elementary school).

According to the commission for schools in the North German SDA Conference, Christian Fischer (Hanover) is currently working on a founding project for a primary school in the Heidekreis, north of Hanover.

The largest educational institution is the school centre of Marienhöhe, which was founded in 1925 in Darmstadt with 753 students. The smallest and the first since autumn 2019, is the Adventist school in Müllheim with five children. In Germany, the Adventist educational system hires a total of 158 full-time or part-time teachers.

Further educational opportunities offered by the Seventh-day Adventist Church

In addition to the general education and schools, the Seventh Day Adventist Church maintains the Theological University Friedensau near Magdeburg (ThHF) with around 200 students from over 30 countries. Here eight Bachelor's and Master's degree programs are offered - some of them part-time - specializing in Christian social affairs and theology as well as a course in “German as a Foreign language”.

The Adventist Academy for Health and Nursing,Waldfriede hospital in Berlin-Zehlendorf has 68 apprenticeships.

There are daycare centres in Berlin, Fürth, Munich, Penzberg and Bad Aibling.  There is a day care centre (HPT) in Neuburg / Danube and a Family centre in Penzberg / Bavaria.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church also maintains a Religious Education Institute (RPI) to create material for children's services and religious education. There is also a community distance learning in theology for Seventh-day Adventist Church members. The Institute for Continuing Education (IfW) is available to church members, pastors, full-time and volunteer leaders.

There are around 35,000 baptized Seventh-day Adventists in Germany being part of and attending the 555 local Adventist churches.

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