Autonomous School Zurich
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Autonomous School Zurich (ASZ, Autonome Schule Zürich in German) is an grassroot project in Switzerland. This school is run by immigrants as well as Swiss locals. Since 2009 the association provides education for all under the shelter of the Autonomous School Zurich. On offer are diverse educational and cultural activities for everyone both for undocumented refugees, the socially excluded and all other interested people. ASZ is at Bachmattstrasse 59.
ASZ moved at least 11 times in Canton Zurich:
- GZ Wollishofen
- Bad Allenmoos
- Rote Fabrik
- PANAMA (Güterbahnhof)
- Sihlquai 125
Autonomous school as educational and cultural hotspot
Autonomous School is a unique meeting point. People from all over the world play an active role. Among the courses on offer are German, Spanish, Arabic, Mathematics, English and Computing courses like Java programming and Gimp. The school organizes dances like capoeira. There is a wide range of cultural activities (concerts, bar, cinema, etc.) and the weekly lunch to make the school a popular meeting place where experiences are shared and ideas can be developed. It's an escape from everyday isolation that has been imposed on rejected asylum seekers.
The Association of Education for All occupied a church in December 2008 to push home the need for German courses for the sans-papiers. The project is supposed to help the emancipation process of the sans-papier groups and demand their rights. ASZ is dependent on donations from well wishers. There are theater and drama performed by members of the school in conjunction with other actors from other institutions.
Education for All
This slogan is used by Bleiberecht Group which are the part of Autonomous School Zurich. This collective group works with ASZ on fundraising ideas. Bildung fuer Alle or (English Education for All) works in Basel, Bern etc.
Other autonomous school projects run in Biel/Bienne, Basel, Bern, St. Gallen (all Switzerland) and Butare (Rwanda).