The first Council Forum took place at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin on October 21st and 22nd.This first event of its kind in Germany reconnected the alumni (200+ speakers, 50+ partners, 200+ team members) of the eight previous German American Conferences as well as the new friends of the GAC community. Juergen Hardt, a Christian Democratic Union member of the Bundestag and Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation, was the host of this event. He also gave a keynote speech on the U.S. Election 2016.
You can find further information here: http://harvard-gac.org/first-council-forum-in-berlin/
Seven years ago the Aletta Haniel Program was established at the Aletta Haniel Comprehensive School in Duisburg Ruhrort, Each year 30 eight graders who are in danger of graduationg badly or not at all have the chance to take part. They are supported with individual tutoring and the results are compelling. Nearly all of them improve their graduation and about a third find an apprenticeship training position right after.
To share experiences and to transfer certain moduls to other schools in 2016 a project documentation was published. You can find the documentation here (only in German).
A few weeks ago Haniel Foundation launched an appeal for the school project „Jump into life“ of the Aletta-Haniel-Gesamtschule and the Erich-Kästner-Gesamtschule in Duisburg. Seven students took the chance of a skydive out of the airplane – thanks to numerous sponsors. We are impressed by so much courage. You can watch the jump of the students and an interview with one of the responsibles also at the „Lokalzeit“ of the WDR.
Both Teach First Fellows are part of the Cooperation Project „Education as a chance“. You can find further information here.
Amerika, England, Sweden – six new scholars of the Haniel Scholarshipprogram are soon packing their bags for a two years studyprogram abroad, starting in August. The program enables excelling young future leaders to qualify for taking on entrepreneurial and social responsibility.
In the beginning of July the Haniel Foundaton welcomed the new scholars and the scholars of 2014 and 2015 for the yearly Kick-Off Meeting in Duisburg.
You can find further information here.
The Commitment Award 2016 of Willy Brandt School of Public Policy was awarded on July 10th. The Commitment Award aims to support new, charitable, social initiatives implemented by MPP students and alumni. 1st prize winners of 2016 are Batyrbek Alymkulov and Daniar Matikanov (Kyrgyzstan) for their project “Water for Small-scale Farmers”. They present practical solutions for efficient water use in the absence of water system infrastructure in rural areas. You can find more information here.