Deutsche Post DHL and Teach First Deutschland extend successful partnership three additional years

18 new teaching fellows: University graduates to teach in schools in North Rhine Westphalia and Baden-Wuerttemberg starting in February 2012

Bonn/Berlin, 01/26/2012, 11:00 AM CET

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In the first two school years, some 60 Fellows provided assistance to schools in socially disadvantaged parts of the city.

Deutsche Post DHL and Teach First Deutschland have decided to work together for three more years. Deutsche Post DHL has been the main sponsor of the program since 2009 and over the next three years will continue to offer its support to the new two-year teachers – also called “Fellows” – in a variety of ways: pedagogical training initiatives, a dedicated “Fellows Day”, a mentoring program and career counseling and assistance after the two years of teaching. Students at schools where Fellows teach will continue to enjoy the opportunity to go to Camp4us, a summer camp financed by Deutsche Post DHL, where they will work on exciting projects and use a multi-disciplinary approach to grapple with their own future and upcoming career planning.

In the first two school years, some 60 Fellows provided assistance to schools in socially disadvantaged parts of the city. And the program has not slowed down this year either, with some 60 university graduates lending reinforcement to schools in North Rhine Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg, Berlin, Hamburg and Thüringen. Another 18 will join the ranks in North Rhine Westphalia and Baden-Württemberg at the start of second half of the school year in February, bringing the total to almost eighty. The additional teachers will be able to join the program thanks to a positive resolution of the German state parliament of North Rhine Westphalia and the state government as well as the support of the federal program “Social City Education, Economy Work in the Neighborhood” (BIWAQ) in Mannheim, Germany.

“Education is the key to shaping the future of individuals and society. It is only logical for Deutsche Post DHL to promote the education of young people by supporting such initiatives as Teach First Deutschland and the education of young people – especially those people whose start in life may have been less fortunate. Therefore I am very pleased that we are continuing our partnership with Teach First Deutschland for three more years,” said Rainer Wend, Head of Policy and Corporate Responsibility at Deutsche Post DHL.

Better educational opportunities for children and youth

Ulf Matysiak, head of Teach First Deutschland, also sees the extension of the partnership as positive: “As the largest main sponsor and a reliable partner, Deutsche Post DHL not only offers financial support to our charitable organization but also their own energetic and personal dedication.”

Teach First Deutschland creates better educational opportunities for children and youth who have experienced a disadvantaged start in life. The non-profit educational initiative recruits outstanding university graduates – called Fellows – to work as full-time teachers for two years at schools in socially deprived areas. Fellows nurture students individually. They assist in the classroom by leading diverse-sized groups of students, working one-on-one with them, or providing additional afterschool programs.

Once they have completed the two years, the Fellows set out on a variety of career paths. Shaped by their experience in the schools, they then continue to function as “education ambassadors” to promote better opportunities for disadvantaged youth. This school year, some 80 Fellows are lending a hand in schools in North Rhine Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg, Berlin, Hamburg and Thüringen.

As the leading international logistics group and one of the world’s largest employers, Deutsche Post DHL has worked for many years now around the world to promote better educational opportunities for children and youth. Education, together with climate protection (GoGreen) and disaster management (GoHelp), is just one of the three main focal points of the company’s commitment to social responsibility, pursued under the motto “Living Responsibility”.

 

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