Deutsche Telekom Foundation.
The non-profit Deutsche Telekom Foundation has been working to improve education in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) since 2003. With a trust capital of EUR 150 million, it is one of the largest corporate foundations in Germany. The foundation is active in the following areas:
- Early education,
- Teaching and more,
- Teacher training,
- Promoting talent, and
Some EUR 10.9 million went into project work in 2011. The foundation participates in the Group's engagement@telekom corporate volunteering program. Under the slogan "Everyone needs education—education needs everyone" the program primarily sponsors employee volunteer activities at day care centers and schools.
The Deutsche Telekom Foundation began training multipliers in 2010 as part of the Science—Nature—Knowledge project. These multipliers go on to train staff at day care centers throughout Germany. We trained 250 multipliers in 2011, and will have trained a total of 650 multipliers by the fall of 2012. The foundation also donates course materials to the centers. These materials were developed over the past few years by the Science—Nature—Knowledge project.
The Telekom Foundation, the "Haus der kleinen Forscher" foundation and the "Schulen ans Netz" association (BIBER network) held a conference on teacher training on September 14, 2011. Based on the results of the conference, the Telekom Foundation plans to increase its activity in this area based on the training curriculum for educators, which will be developed by the Science – Nature—Knowledge project by fall 2012.
Planned cooperative project.
Once the Science—Nature—Knowledge project has been completed, the Foundation is planning to conduct a cooperative project to promote the training of educators at vocational schools and universities in Germany. A skills model focusing on two central aspects—educators' skills and their personal development—is being developed as the basis for the project. The model is not based on a particular subject so it can be used with different content and applied to various areas. The STEM skills are being used as an example.
Forschergeist 2012 day care competition.
The Science—Nature—Knowledge project and the "Haus der kleinen Forscher" foundation launched the Forschergeist 2012 competition on December 1, 2011. Day care centers throughout Germany are encouraged to submit their STEM concepts. The competition is under the patronage of the German Federal Minister of Education, Prof. Dr. Annette Schavan. Prizes will be awarded in June 2012.
Science—Nature—Knowledge is the largest individual project focusing on early education. The Deutsche Telekom Foundation has been helping teachers communicate STEM skills to young children since 2006 as part of these activities.
The Deutsche Telekom Foundation will financially sponsor the "Interactive schools" project until the end of the 2011/2012 school year as its contribution to helping transition the project over to the patronage of the German federal states. This will make it possible to integrate new media into teaching and learning activities at more than 40 schools.
Germany-wide network get-together.
The foundation held a get-together with some 100 participants on November 24 and 25, 2011, at the Wissenschaftszentrum Bonn as part of the project. Participants discussed topics such as the Internet, data privacy and social networks. One focal point was the responsible use of social media.
The Deutsche Telekom Foundation initiated the "Interactive schools" project in 2005 as part of its "Teaching and more" focus. The project investigated the integration of new media into teaching and learning activities. Teachers developed their own concepts for incorporating new media into the classroom at an initial 4 and then later at 42 secondary schools in the German states of North-Rhine Westphalia, Hesse and Saxony.
Competition for math whizzes.
The Telekom Foundation launched a competition for math whizzes in 2011. The foundation called on all teachers from lower secondary schools throughout Germany to submit innovative or tried-and-tested concepts to assist young people with weak math skills.
A jury of experts selected the best concepts from among the 20 submissions and presented the winners with EUR 3,000 each on November 22, 2011 at the first "Be a math whiz" multiplier conference.
2012 multiplier conference.
A second multiplier conference will be held in 2012 to develop and test modules for working with decimals, fractions and percentages. Sub-projects on teacher training and school development were launched in late 2011.
The Deutsche Telekom Foundation has made improving education in mathematics one of its focal points. Under the foundation's focus on teacher training, it launched the "Be a math whiz" project in 2011 with EUR 4.1 million in funding.
The funding is used to develop and research into lesson structures, concepts and materials for struggling school students and their teachers for grades 5 through 10. The aim is to structure math classes in a way that is more individual and more effective. The project is being conducted in collaboration with Technische Universität Dortmund, Freie Universität Berlin, Freiburg University of Education and Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (WWU) Münster. The project is scheduled to run for three years.
The foundation put out a call to bid for a mathematics teacher training competence center in 2011 at the recommendation of an expert committee set up by the Telekom Foundation. The response was tremendous: The entire German mathematics education community considered participation. In the end, four consortia comprised of a total of 17 partners participated.
Work to begin in the 2011/2012 winter semester.
The winner was the consortium headed by Humboldt Universität in Berlin. Other participants include Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin University for Professional Studies, the Universities in Bochum, Duisburg-Essen and Paderborn and Technische Universität Dortmund. The competence center started its activities in the 2011/2012 winter semester. The center's communication platform is scheduled to go online in spring 2012. The first professional development program will start in the 2012/2013 winter semester.
The Deutsches Zentrum für Lehrerbildung Mathematik center will be designed for educational staff at day care centers and math teachers as well as other multipliers who want to develop their skills. The Foundation is planning to invest around EUR 5 million in setting up and operating the center over the next five years. Because a solid education in math is important for developing skills in the other STEM subjects, work at the competence center will initially be focused on mathematics. The plan is to offer scientific and didactic training courses in the other STEM subjects in the future.
The Telekom Foundation sponsored three multiplier trainings for the Class Kits project during the reporting period. Teachers can use the experiment sets and course material to teach topics such as "air and air pressure," "sound" and "swimming and sinking" more effectively at elementary schools. The plan is to distribute the course material financed by the Telekom Foundation to some 1,600 elementary schools throughout Germany. The first 150 class kits had been distributed to participants of the Lernen vor Ort cooperative project by the end of 2011.
The foundation also conducted two trainings in 2011 as part of the Science—Nature—Knowledge project for teachers of day-care educational staff from the communities involved in the Lernen vor Ort project.
The Lernen vor Ort project, which was initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in 2009 in collaboration with an association of foundations comprising over 140 foundations, creates incentives for cities and districts to set up consistent, cohesive educational management structures. The Deutsche Telekom Foundation also supports the EUR 60 million project.
As the sponsor of the business, technology, environment and science category, the Deutsche Telekom Foundation contributes concepts and materials from its projects Science—Nature—Knowledge, Class Kits, Junior Engineer Academy and Doing Math Differently. The Foundation is currently planning to support the initiative for three years (2010-2013).
Deutsche Telekom Foundation has been promoting involvement in education at regional events with the Magenta Sofa talk series since spring 2011. Employees at the Telekom sites in Dortmund and Munich were invited to discuss education issues with Telekom Board members and well-known guests. Promoting talent was the focus of an event that was held in Dortmund with Chairman of the Board of Management René Obermann. Chief Financial Officer Timotheus Höttges, who is also chairman of the foundation's board of trustees, discussed the topic of lifelong learning with employees in Munich. The talk series is being accompanied by the Corporate Responsibility department, which presents activities like the "Yes I can!" initiative and the engagement@telekom corporate volunteering program.
The talk series will be continued with events in Berlin and Hamburg in 2012.
Under the "Everyone needs education—education needs everyone" project, which was launched in December 2011, the Deutsche Telekom Foundation and the Corporate Responsibility department sponsored employee volunteering at day care centers and schools. In particular, employees are invited to volunteer at science, technology, engineering and mathematics projects that go beyond every day activities at day care centers and schools and to apply for financial support from the Foundation for their project. For example, employees supported excursions, project days and working groups such as a robot work group and a nature workshop.
|Sub-targets||Status of implementation/measures|
|Set-up of Junior Engineer Academies with a proportion of female students of at least 50 percent||Target achieved. |
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