Youthbridge is the British German Association’s primary charitable endeavour, providing support and finance to promote the teaching of German in UK schools. Youthbridge is campaigning to promote German in schools and endeavours to provide practical intervention to help schools put German on the curriculum.
The BGA’s annual Deakin Youthbridge Award Scheme gives cash prizes and certificates for the best projects submitted by students in each participating school. The aims of the Awards are to help raise the profile of German in your school, and to encourage pupils to continue with German at option stages.
Projects had to be written in German and on a topic concerning Germany. They could, for instance, explain a student’s interest in or relationship to Germany, its culture (in the broadest sense of the word) or language. But it could equally be about one aspect: for instance, an artist, German music, history, sport, or travel.
The winners are chosen by the Head of German / Head of Modern Languages of each school, taking into account:
- a) The pupil’s enthusiasm for and ability in the German language
- b) The ability to motivate others to take up German and develop an interest in Germany
- c) The quality of their project
At Wisbech Grammar School, prizes were awarded to Matthew Clough and Eloise Suiter. Matthew created a powerpoint presentation on the top 10 German foods and Eloise researched Albert Einstein. Students were awarded with certificates, a cash prize of £30 and £20 respectively as well as the Dorling and Kindersley Eyewitness Germany Guide book.