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Newsletter - Frühling 2014

New funding programmes, learning about the world of work, a Double Club World Challenge, and more!

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Welcome to the spring 2014 edition of the UK-German Connection newsletter.

In it, you'll find information about our funding programmes, including a brand new funding opportunity for school partnerships. You can also read about pupils' exploration of the world of work, check out our new online magazine, and find out more about Easter in the UK!

Happy reading!

The UK-German Connection team

New funding programme from UK-German Connection

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We're pleased to launch a new grant for joint activities between partner schools in the UK and Germany. The 'Partnerships in Learning' Fund supports a wide variety of thematic activities designed to help pupils, teachers and schools to learn from each other. The activities should involve a broad range of young people across year and subject groups, with a particular focus on younger year groups.

We have also revised our current grants - have a look at the updated guidelines and application forms for bilateral projects for partner schools in the UK and Germany.

The next deadline for all these grants is 31 May 2014.

Getting future-proof - learning about the world of work

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Having the right set of skills is a prerequisite for young people entering the job market, especially in an increasingly international context. This UK-German project is currently equipping 24 pupils with the necessary skills to succeed. Under the themes of small community - big opportunity and ecotourism, pupils from St Columb's College in Northern Ireland and IGS Langenhagen in Hannover are jointly exploring career opportunities and developing relevant skills.

A 3-day work experience placement is a key component of the project which pupils prepare for thoroughly. They first research and speak to employers, before writing CVs and application letters, on which they receive feedback from their peers. Finally, they role-play various workplace scenarios. Pupils then compare the different skills and qualifications required for a UK and German context, as well as the respective business cultures. To round the project off, a special display will communicate their learning to younger pupils and the wider community.

Youth Ambassadors online magazine

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The latest edition of our online magazine, written by the UK-German Youth Ambassadors, is available now!

With content in both English and German, this edition focuses on society, integration and social inclusion as well as discrimination and exclusion. It features articles on inclusion in education, discrimination in the fashion industry, dealing with Alzheimer's disease, the effect of technology on society, and much more! You'll also find a fantastic podcast on whether the German East-West divide still exists in people's minds.

Check it out at www.ukgermanconnection.org/magazine-social-inclusion

Easter special on the-voyage - online from 31 March

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The voyage Easter special will be online from 31 March, featuring quizzes, articles and recipes on Easter in Germany and the UK - read about Maundy Thursday and egg rolling, and try your hand at making hot cross buns!

Easter in Germany: www.ukgermanconnection.org/easter-special

Ostern in Großbritannien: www.ukgermanconnection.org/oster-special