ELEMENT A joins forces with preventative educational initiatives to unfold their full potential.
What we want to achieve?
All children are equipped with the necessary skills for a successful school start.
Children start with very different experiences and skill sets into school. The difference of competency levels intensifies the further a child advances in school. At the end of primary school children from poor families lag behind their rich peers by three school years.
This is why ELEMENT A focuses on children before they attend school!
How do we do it?
Highlighting impactful projects
Connecting impactful projects
Scaling impactful projects
With a focus on preventative educational measures ELEMENT A wants to enable as many children as possible to start school with the necessary skills. Since September 2017 we are working in partnership with impactful preschool and parent programmes on lowering the competency gap between rich and poor children. This way we contribute towards the societal goal of equal opportunities and make sure that children can develop the skills to make use of such opportunities.
Founder & Managing Director
Marie Langer has studied psychology with a focus on education and evaluation as well as business and organisation in Austria as well as South Africa. Ever since her studies she supported a variety of social initiatives (x-runner, the Connection, Kidcru Research Center) in the areas of fundraising and programme development. She also trained to become a coach at the isb-Wiesloch and from 2014 to 2016 she worked as a Teach For Austria Fellow at a Middleschool in Vienna. In addition she is alumna of the Ashoka Visionary Program and board member of the Hella-Langer-Stiftung.
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Daria Dachs has studied nonprofit management and comparative and international education in Austria and England. She was part of the founding team of Teach For Austria as the assistant to the founder. From 2013 to 2015 she completed the Teach For Austria Fellowship programme where she taught in a middle school. Together with three colleagues she published the EINFACH mehr DEUTSCH learning material for pupils with no prior German knowledge. Moreover she was an active volunteer in a variety of organisations some of which are the UWC Network Austria, Bridges Across Borders Cambodia and the Center for Children to Happiness.
Hans Bodingbauer is a systemic consultant and executive coach. He has been coaching Element A from the very beginning especially around team development. He supports us to focus on our strengths, to develop a deeper understanding for different perspectives and to improve internal communication.
for many years Gebhard Ottacher had been working towards equal opportunities in education in his role as CEO of Teach For Austria. He had been supporting our effort even before Element A’s formal foundation by introducing us to important networks, by providing alumni-support structures and by giving us a home on the Teach For Austria premises.
Alexander Ertler is a social investor and philanthropist and supports a diverse range of social entrepreneurs with the development of an impact model. This is also what he does for us: he coaches us to develop our impact model further and to define clear impact goals so that we keep on moving towards realising our vision.