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Presentation of the German Teacher Award 2017 in Berlin

16. January 2018

The German Teachers' Prize aims to enhance the image of the teaching profession and promote innovative teaching concepts. The jury, in which the IPN was represented by Dr. Janina Roloff-Bruchmann this year, selected 15 teachers and six innovative teaching ideas from numerous applications, which yesterday received an official award in Berlin.

Approximately 4,800 students and teachers took part in this competition, which is organized by the Vodafone Foundation Germany and the German Philologists' Association, to mark its tenth anniversary.

Prof. Susanne Porsche, initiator of the German Teacher's Prize, at the award ceremony: "We appreciate more than just good teaching and innovative ideas with the Teacher's Prize. We reward those who accompany their students as mentors." Inger Paus, CEO of the Vodafone Foundation Germany, added: "Schools are facing ever greater challenges especially in the face of digital change. This makes it all the more important to promote committed teachers and innovative teaching concepts."

Guest of Honor Elke Büdenbender, wife of Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, presented the first prize in the category "Innovative Teaching" to a project in which students have regular video conferences with peers from a Dutch partner school in their respective mother tongues as part of their specialized class. In her laudation, Elke Büdenbender stressed the importance of the teaching profession: "All of you bear a great responsibility in your job; for your students and for our entire society. I greatly respect your daily performance."

Further Information:
http://www.lehrerpreis.de