Brandt School Universität Erfurt

We proudly announce the winners of the Commitment Award 2019!

Three projects received the Commitment Award 2019 and we said "farewell" to the MPP batch of 2017-19 on July 11, 2019.

We proudly announce the winners of the Commitment Award 2019!

1st Prize: Ni Otto Dodoo and Anthony Dogbedo
“Knowledge is Power: The Reading Hub” (Ghana)

Ni Otto Dodoo and Anthony Dogbedo, first-year students at the Brandt School, and their project “Knowledge is Power: The Reading Hub”, seek to support the children living in the Budumburam Refugee Camp in Ghana. The project aims to provide the platform for students to develop, strengthen and sustain their interest for reading and general studies, improve their mathematic skills and receive assistance with schoolwork. The project also seeks to reduce child prostitution, teenage pregnancy and parenthood, drug abuse and ‘streetism’ in the refugee camp.

2nd Prize: Sofia Vanessa Hernández Zambrano
Communitarian-Fabric “Tierra Verde” (Ecuador)

Ecuadorian women, especially young women, single mothers and those of African descent, face outstanding unemployment rates. First-year student Sofia Vanessa Hernández Zambrano`s project “Communitarian Fabric ‘Tierra Verde’” aims to offer an opportunity for social economic productive groups (Asociaciones EPS) consisting of Afro-descendent women and/or single mothers to start their own entrepreneurial initiatives by providing them with the necessary infrastructure and support.

3rd Prize: Tamara Puerto
“Edu-Sex” (Colombia)

Second-year student Tamara Puerto’s project “Edu-Sex” seeks to combat gender inequality and the lack of sex education in Colombia. The project aim is to design, prepare, implement, evaluate and disseminate the results of a set of workshops, study modules and conferences with schools and universities in Colombia on topics related to sex and gender, gender equality, sexual and reproductive rights and diversity.

The awards have been presented at a festive ceremony at the Collegium Maius in Erfurt on July 11, 2019. Andrea von Rauch, director of the GIZ Academy, held a keynote speech on "Diversity is Key. The Concept of Diversity Competence in International Cooperation." Her speech encouraged the audience to question themselves and their own positions again and again, and to keep on learning as this bears the potential for life-long growth. Thus, the perfect bridge was built to the farewell ceremony of the MPP class 2017-19, which took place right after the award ceremony.

The Engagementpreis Stiftung and the Brandt School thank our partners for supporting this event: The Town & County Stiftung and the Universitätsgesellschaft Erfurt.