New submissions for 2010 "Alle Kids sind VIPs" competition
The starting gun sounds for the second "Alle Kids sind VIPs" (Fairness Through Integration) competition when, once again, the Bertelsmann Stiftung calls on students in Germany between the ages of 10 and 17 to submit ideas on how to promote integration at school. The winners get the opportunity to spend time with a number of high-profile guests, including national soccer champ Mario Gomez, comedian Bülent Ceylan and singer Jenniffer Kae, who donate their time to support the competition. "We believe that this competition can play an important role in helping students see that equal education is the key to integration," says Gunter Thielen, chairman and CEO of the Bertelsmann Stiftung. "It's meant to help them understand that by getting involved they can make a big difference, while also making a major contribution to boosting social cohesion in Germany."
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Jakob Muth Prize for Inclusive Schools: "Learning together – with and without challenges"
Using the slogan "Learning together – with and without challenges," the Jakob Muth Prize for Inclusive Schools honors for the second time schools that bring challenged and non-challenged children together for classroom instruction. Project sponsors include Hubert Hüppe, Germany's federal commissioner for matters relating to disabled persons, the Bertelsmann Stiftung and Germany's UNESCO Commission. Any school is eligible to participate that practices inclusive schooling or is on its way to doing so – regardless of its educational level or type. The objective of the national award is to increase awareness of schools that help students to participate, regardless of their background, physical challenges or other disabilities. The prize is named after Jakob Muth (1927-93), a Bochum-based educator who worked for many years to promote the joint instruction of challenged and non-challenged students.
Balearic government honors Liz and Reinhard Mohn's cultural engagement
On March 1, 2010, Liz Mohn accepts the Gold Medal of the Balearic Islands from Francesc Antich i Oliver, president of the islands, before an audience of 1,500. The Mohns receive the prize for establishing the Can Torró library in Alcudia and for their efforts to promote reading in Spain. Can Torró was created in 1989 by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the municipality of Alcudia, based on the municipal library in the city of Gütersloh, Germany, where the Bertelsmann Stiftung is headquartered. After founding the Fundación Bertelsmann in 1995, the Bertelsmann Stiftung expanded its cultural and sociopolitical activities in Spain. Originally dedicated to promoting the use of libraries throughout Spain, the Fundación Bertelsmann, based in Barcelona, engages in activities in a number of other fields, including the establishment of community foundations across the Iberian peninsula.
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Bertelsmann Stiftung recognized for second time by Germany – Land of Ideas
Jointly sponsored by the Bertelsmann Stiftung, KMPG and RWE, the Marketplace Method project is recognized by the initiative Germany – Land of Ideas. The nonprofit project brings companies and charitable organizations together in a marketplace-like setting where they can "buy" or "sell" participation in a variety of programs and initiatives. The project allows businesses to engage in socially responsible activities and nonprofits to acquire additional resources for their charitable efforts. Originally developed in the Netherlands, the idea was introduced in Germany in 2006. Since then more than 90 marketplaces have taken place, resulting in more than 5,000 joint agreements. Following selection of its Religion Monitor in 2009, this year's award is the second time that the Bertelsmann Stiftung has been honored by the national initiative.