“Ideas for the Education Republic” competition
The nationwide “Ideas for the Education Republic” competition recognises projects and initiatives which help promote equal education for children and young adults. The “education ideas” are selected by an expert jury and awarded prizes at an individual prize-giving ceremony. Patron of the competition is Germany's Federal Minister of Education and Research Johanna Wanka.
An award-winning “education idea” meets the following criteria:
- Equal education: An education idea promotes equal education for children and young adults locally.
- Partnership and close networking: An education idea networks various players from the youth-work industry, social funding organisations, associations, initiatives, institutions, schools and universities.
- Role model: An education idea acts as a role model to spark discussions on new approaches within the Education Republic and to encourage people to follow its lead.
- Sustainability: An education idea is distinguished by continuous commitment to achieving more opportunities for education in Germany.
Working together for more education opportunities
The aim of the “Ideas for the Education Republic” competition is to increase the visibility of the work put in by the many people in Germany who, through great dedication, create more education opportunities for children and young adults.
The competition seeks to recognise outstanding commitment in the field of education, as well as to highlight exemplary projects and encourage these to be emulated. The competition is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, in co-operation with the Vodafone Foundation, Germany.
Under the motto of “Working together for more education opportunities”, we look for initiatives, institutions and associations which network with one another. Because equal education is promoted wherever parents, teachers, youth workers and social workers come together. Children and young adults have better opportunities for education when schools, churches, associations and local economy work together.
Since August 2011, we have been recognising outstanding education ideas selected by an expert jury. These ideas are to act as role models within education, and encourage people to follow their lead.
The competition is part of the “Education Alliance” established by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research on 22 February 2011. The aim of the alliance is to bring together government, private and civil society organisations in Germany to support children and young adults in all stages of their education.