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2008 Carl Bertelsmann Prize: ''Integration through education -- Fairness for all''

As part of the 2008 Carl Bertelsmann Prize, the Bertelsmann Stiftung is carrying out an international search to identify best practices that increase equal opportunity for children of immigrant families within the educational system, thus promoting the children’s integration within their adopted country.

The international professional symposium took place in Gütersloh on September 3, and the prize was presented to the Toronto District School Board during a ceremony on September 4. See the "News" section for more details about both events.

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Liz Mohn, Vice Chair of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board, presenting the Carl Bertelsmann Prize 2008 to Gerry Connelly, Director, and John F. Campbell, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Toronto District School Board (from right). Gütersloh - 04/09/2008

Bertelsmann Stiftung launches schools initiative "Integration through Education" - with Mario Gomez acting as ambassador for the campaign

The Bertelsmann Stiftung has launched a nationwide schools campaign, with the motto "Integration through Education" ("Alle Kids sind VIPs"). The Foundation invites all students of grades 5 to 12 to enter the competition with their projects and ideas for improving integration at their schools. The initiative was announced at the awards ceremony for this year's Carl Bertelsmann Prize, by the Chair of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board, Dr. Gunther Thielen. The Carl Bertelsmann Prize 2008 was awarded to the Toronto District School Board in Canada, for its exemplary successes at providing fair and equal opportunities in education for all children. Minister of State Maria Böhmer, the Integration Commissioner of the German Federal Government, gave the official speech.

Students at the Don Mills Collegiate Institute. Gütersloh - 20/08/2008

The Toronto District School Board wins the Carl Bertelsmann Prize 2008

The Bertelsmann Foundation has announced that the Toronto District School Board has won this year's Carl Bertelsmann Prize of €150,000 for its exemplary work in promoting social integration and improving equal learning opportunities at its schools. The Board, which is responsible for more than 550 schools in Canada's largest city and largest immigrant community, has been particularly successful at integrating children and young people of migrant origin. The Board also ensures that disadvantaged students and schools in high-need areas receive additional support. According to data from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), the average achievement gap between second-generation students of immigrant origin and their peers in Canada has been closed.

Mehrere Schüler, einer trägt ein T-Shirt mit dem Motto Gütersloh - 19/05/2008

"Fairness for all"

Together with the country’s nonprofit foundations, Germany’s Minister for Integration Maria Böhmer launched a national network of “educational sponsors” on May 19, 2008. The network is designed to support existing mentoring programs for disadvantaged children with an immigrant background and increase awareness of the concept of educational sponsors. The Bertelsmann Stiftung has joined the initiative as part of the activities surrounding the 2008 Carl Bertelsmann Prize. “I’m very pleased that the Bertelsmann Stiftung is supporting the national network of educational sponsors and contributing its expertise,” Böhmer said.


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By its interdisciplinary composition, the Search Committee ensures that the international search for awardees is conducted on a sound professional basis. The Committee develops an award recommendation for the board of the Bertelsmann Stiftung, which will decide about the awarding of the Carl Bertelsmann Prize.


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