The Hermann Gmeiner Academy is born
In 1979, Hermann Gmeiner initiated the planning and construction of the SOS Children's Village Hermann Gmeiner Academy. This came from the following considerations: From the 60s and especially in the 70s of the 20th century, the humanitarian SOS Children's Village idea is expanding worldwide. The needs of children in distress remain unchanged: they need healing experiences in a nest that warms, protects and encourages them on their way to a self-determined future.
Since SOS Children's Villages is native to all cultures, ethnicities and religions, the social framework and conditions vary as children learn about the SOS Children's Villages. Depending on the need, there are SOS Children's Villages families: SOS schools, medical and therapeutic facilities, social centers, workshops and others.
The globalization of the SOS Children's Village idea on the one hand, and the socio-cultural diversity in the child labor world on the other hand place high demands on the professional and social skills of its employees. With its offer, the Hermann Gmeiner Academy creates a framework for promoting and supporting national and international SOS Children's Villages work.
In order to realize the construction, the old building of the youth house was demolished and built in its place, the large, nestled close to the hillside house. The "new" youth house, which was connected with the academy, remained for the time being as such, before the young people moved to Telfs in the early nineties and the vacant building was adapted as the seat of SOS Children's Villages International.