Energy saving plans: Close offices, but leave schools and daycares open

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This winter, children should come first

When parents can’t afford to go to school

Einschulungsmarathon in Germany: A great day for all families whose children start school in August or September. However, looking into your wallet should spoil the mood for one or the other – basic equipment for first graders is expensive.

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With heating costs rising sharply, educational institutions such as libraries and day care centers are warning that they will have to limit their operations in the winter. Bad memories of the past two years of Corona are likely to wake up in families. Did we really learn so little?

TheDear Parents, The year 2020 has come and we would like to see a return to the debate on childcare. Surely you can take care of your kids at home again in the winter and work together? After all, that has worked out so well in the past two years. If there are more people in the room, it will not cool down quickly.

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Fear of running out of gas in the winter kept Germany under control. From September, the Energy Saving Regulation will come into force, which, according to the draft, among other things, states that workplaces may not be heated to more than 19 degrees, retailers must keep their store doors closed and advertising must stop . It lights up at night. So far, very reasonable. Additional gas surcharges are also set to take effect from October. It aims to compensate for the increased purchasing costs of major importers for lost deliveries from Russia.

That would be expensive. And not just for private consumers. Municipalities are already sounding the alarm: Investments in new schools could be delayed, libraries would have to be closed during the day, and swimming pools could become more expensive to use. Private service providers are more likely to be harmed than municipal institutions, as they cannot expect any support from the state. The Association of Small and Medium-sized Daycare Providers has already warned that in the event of an emergency, the increased costs must be offset by staff reductions. In simple language: poor childcare or shorter working times.

‘A whole group of residents has been forgotten’

Bernd Althusmann (CDU), Lower Saxony’s Economy Minister, criticizes the traffic light for its “immature and immature gas tax”, which is now being “attempted to compensate”. The federal government “forgot an entire population.” He would like a comprehensive idea of ​​energy.

One thing is clear: in order to free Germany from its fatal dependence on Russian gas, everyone must unite. Energy saving. practice waiver. Be in solidarity. But more than two years into the pandemic, during which the rights and needs of children and families in Germany have been largely politically ignored, schools, day care centers and other educational institutions must be among the last institutions to cut the corner.

For months, children have been practicing abandonment, wearing masks, and forgoing contacts and trips. It was frozen in the winter with the windows open due to the presence of air filters in parliaments and businesses, but not in schools for long. Many children are still unable to swim properly, and strength classes have been canceled in many places, as have choral exercises. Especially the children, who were already having difficulty, were sent back to farther places.

We owe it to them to come first this winter. Even if it means everyone has to give up more.

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