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Newsletter - Spring 2014

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

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, get ready for the World Cup, and check out our new online magazine!

Happy reading!

The UK-German Connection team

New funding programme from UK-German Connection

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

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.

Double Club World Cup 2014 Challenge

The Double Club World Cup 2014 Challenge is a national competition involving 6 tasks which build on materials from the 6 lessons in the Arsenal Double Club Portuguese course.

The Challenge aims to harness the enthusiasm surrounding the Brazil 2014 World Cup and provide an ideal opportunity for secondary pupils to learn more about Brazil and the Brazilian World Cup, pick up some basic Portuguese, and develop their team work and creativity whilst drawing on a range of skills across ICT, Geography, Languages, Numeracy, Art and Design and PE.

Winning teams will be invited to attend a unique World Cup Day at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium, at which pupils will take part in various innovative activities in each of the Double Club Languages: French, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.

The deadline for submissions is 1 May 2014.

You can find more details and register your interest here: www.routesintolanguages.ac.uk/london/worldcup2014

Youth Ambassadors online magazine

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

The voyage Easter special will be online from 31 March, featuring quizzes, articles and recipes on Easter in Germany and the UK - read about the Ostereiersuche and Osterfeuer, and try your hand at making an Osterzopf!

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

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