Children and Juveniles
Parents are actively encouraged to take an interest in the progress of their children in kindergarten and at school. Many kindergartens have parents’ advisory boards called "Elternbeiräte". There are often parent-teacher meetings ("Elternsprechtage") to discuss the children’s progress. Parents also have the possibility to taken part in an "Elternpflegschaft" or "Klassenpflegschaft" or in a "Schulpflegschaft" or "Schulkonferenz" which are parents’ committees that meet to discuss school life. Schoolchildren are also encouraged to become active as class speakers or in various student groupings such as the "Schülervertretung".