Craftsmen traditionally worked for several years away from their homes – this was known as a Walz. The w@alz-Schule is a private educational institution founded on this idea. It accepts young people from between grades 9 and 13 and the pupils finish the school with the Matura school leaving certificate.
Although the school also uses ‘normal’ teaching methods, it provides a three-month-long nature-related activity outside of school (‘time out’), and enables projects to be regularly conducted outside of the school and even abroad. Until now, this has led pupils to travel to countries such as the UK, Ireland and South Africa. These projects are aimed at preparing the pupils for life in society, and helping them learn openness and self-determination. The school places the focus of its teaching on art and theatre. Finally, it aims to overcome the artificial separation between school and society by ensuring that practical experiences contribute towards their pupils’ personal development.