You can see these ideals as poles of two axes in whose balance and connection we want to move, cornerstones in whose center a space of possibilities emerges:
The development of each person is unique, so is yours. Therefore, we do not want to define a uniform ideal for education, but create opportunities for you to shape your learning as individually and freely as possible. By freedom, we do not mean the opposite of structure, but of constraint. We feel it is essential that you are allowed to decide to learn voluntarily and self-determined. It is clear to us that this ideal is difficult to implement consistently in practice, but we are taking on this challenge and doing our best to make it a reality as much as possible.
The motivation for your learning should not come from a sense of duty or fear, but from your enthusiasm. We live and share our enthusiasm and want to make that possible for you, too. The lila.school offers you an exciting learning environment and many opportunities to develop individually. We believe that young people like you basically want to learn when they are not forced to and are allowed to pursue their genuine interests. Even if you are already frustrated by your previous learning experiences, you can find your way back to your own inner motivation at lila.school. We give you time, space and support for this.
In order for you to design your individual learning path, you need good, personal support. That’s why you have your own mentor at lila.school, with whom you can discuss your development and plan your next steps. For coordination we use a special software, which allows you to get an overview of your progress yourself. More and more you will be able to take your learning — and thus your life — into your own hands.
Self-determined learning is not only about the choice of content, we also offer you a variety of methods and settings, depending on which learning type you are and which learning formats you prefer.
A loving community of learning guides, fellow students and parents offers you a protected space in which your inner confidence can grow. We live mutual respect and believe in cooperation instead of competition. You can develop individually with us and still stay connected to the community, develop and experience self-efficacy, learn co-creation and responsibility, become courageous, succeed or fail and then move on with your head held high.
We all learn together, at eye level and shoulder to shoulder. On the one hand, this means that we as learning guides like to be in a constant learning process ourselves, and on the other hand, that we want to empower you as a student as much as possible to support others in their learning. This allows roles to remain flexible instead of becoming fixed identities.
In order to support each other in our developments in the best possible way, we acknowledge each other’s needs. For us, openness and transparency are important because they are the basis for trust. That’s why we want to be open with each other, clearly communicate our mutual expectations, wishes and fears, make information available to everyone and talk to each other instead of about each other. In lila.school you can bring yourself in as a whole person, as real as possible, without having to pretend anything. So you too, in your own way, can contribute to a common purpose.
close to life
We open up to the outside world, creating a close connection of learning with life. At lila.school, you can learn to run a business yourself in an entrepreneurship space, or collaborate with people and institutions in the area in community work to help locally and do good. You can get in touch with external experts for your projects or go on excursions to get further input. Our courses are open to people from outside and form a network that connects our learning center to the world.
You learn here what is meaningful and relevant for you and deal with current, real problems from your own experience and from different areas of life. With us, you will not only learn to meet the demands of the future, but you will develop the skills you need to actively and consciously help shape that future.
For us, being close to life also means remaining realistic. We see in this approach ideals to which we aspire, but we are aware that it is not a matter of realizing them as perfectly as possible, but of shaping a common path of development towards them. We can’t give you any guarantees, but our full commitment. We will certainly make mistakes, but we will move on. And that’s fine, we’re here to learn together after all.
In addition to the practical preparation for your life, you also have enough room for your personal education. This means you can joyfully pursue your interests with us, immerse yourself in exciting topics and conversations, discover your potential, play with possibilities, and sometimes simply enjoy learning without having to immediately ask yourself what you’ll need it for.
We want to accompany you as a whole person on your personal,inner path of development. In addition to academic knowledge acquisition, this includes social, emotional, creative, physical and spiritual aspects. That’s why at lila.school you also learn things like mindfulness, building your heart, and social skills.
Today, we humans live between our natural roots and a digital future, in an increasingly global community. We want to enable you to connect with the different aspects of being human and to give you what you need to be able to unfold as consciously as possible on different levels.