SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME FOR MIGRANTS
SABA BILDUNGSSTIPENDIUM (SABA EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP)
‘Empowering people through education’ was a mission defined by the founder Ulrike Crespo herself. In the course of her own formal education she extensively explored emancipatory ideas as well as the practical concerns and hardships of people who have a migratory background. The SABA educational scholarships are one way of addressing an issue that was very close to Ulrike Crespo’s heart.
What are SABA educational scholarships all about?
A SABA educational scholarship supports you in achieving a school-leaving certificate as a mature student, through a process known as the ‘zweiter Bildungsweg’. This will allow you to develop a plan for your career so you can look forward to the future you want to have. SABA provides financial support, advice and further training – all measures that dismantle barriers to entry, counter discrimination and create space for personal development, qualifications and empowerment.
What distinguishes SABA from other educational programmes:
The women stay in touch both during and after the SABA programme
Duration: women can stay with SABA for up to 3 years, while many other programmes only last 6 months
Individual one-to-one advice, personally tailored and face to face
Plenty of contact with SABA graduates – even after the programme has ended the SABA community is engaged in dialogue
SABA’s creative projects
Take a look at our new video (in German) explaining what SABA is all about and find out what’s waiting for you when you receive a SABA educational scholarship!
Adults who have experience of migration or displacement and would like to acquire a school-leaving qualification as a mature student.
To improve educational equality and vocational integration for migrants.
A maximum of 3 years
Rhine-Main region, digitally throughout Germany
Be the heroine or hero of your own life
Whether it’s because they can’t speak enough German or due to facing socio-economic barriers or discrimination: the people in our society who have experienced migration or displacement are particularly disadvantaged, especially if they don’t have a recognised educational qualification. That’s why we set up the SABA programme in 2006, supporting and mentoring people who have a background of migration or displacement to acquire a school qualification as mature students, via a process known as the ‘zweiter Bildungsweg’.
The support offered by SABA covers school and travel costs as well as a budget for additional tutoring, materials and childcare. Coaching sessions and workshops are also part of the wide-ranging accompanying programme. The core notion behind SABA is that empowering settings and financial resources create the right conditions for scholarship holders to determine and pursue their own educational goals.
SABA creative projects
Creative projects are at the heart of the SABA scholarship. SABA’s annual creative project festival took place this year on 25 June 2023. Frankfurt LAB presented the artistic achievements of the six SABA groups in the fields of performance, museum, sculpture, theatre, hip-hop and digital. These works allow SABA scholarship holders to express their own strengths and the challenges they experienced, while also exploring the journeys they have taken and their perspectives for the future.
Application for a SABA scholarship
The SABA scholarship at a glance:
In person for women throughout the Rhine-Main region
In person for men throughout the Rhine-Main region
Digitally for women throughout Germany
School fees covered
Advice on school and training
Transport costs covered
Childcare costs partially covered
Educational grant for school materials, tutoring and technical equipment
Regular seminars and trips
Monthly creative project with artists
Conditions for an in-person scholarship in Frankfurt:
You live in Frankfurt or the Rhine-Main region
You would like to achieve a school-leaving qualification: whether from a Hauptschule or Realschule, a general or vocational Abitur
You have experience of migration or displacement
You’re at least 18 years old
You have a sufficient command of German
You’re keen to meet new people and prepared to take part in weekend meet-ups
For a digital scholarship: you’re a woman who lives in Germany and you fulfil all the other named criteria
You need the following documents to apply for a SABA educational scholarship:
Completed application form
Motivational letter: Why is the school-leaving certificate important to you? What do you want to achieve afterwards? What have you been doing up to now? What else would you like to tell us about yourself?
CV in tabular form
Copies of any school and work certificates you may have
SABA IN NUMBERS
start of SABA programme for men and digital programmes
scholarships each year
school qualifications since 2006
‘SABA Mentoring’ supplementary programme
In the ‘SABA Mentoring’ programme we support SABA graduates in their careers after they have completed the educational scholarship. Volunteers mentor them through their first year of training or studying. The tandem relationship consolidates the participants’ recently acquired self-confidence.
SABA ON VIDEO
The SABA educational scholarship is a programme run by the Crespo Foundation in cooperation with beramí berufliche Integration e.V. and with the support of Zonta Club Aschaffenburg and Clifford Chance Deutschland.