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Africademics nominated for prestigious German Award!

By Lena Gronbach

Africademics nominated for German Social Engagement Award 2021

Africademics has been nomniated for Germany’s most important award for social projects and volunteering. The organization previously received the ‘weitergeben – Social Engagement’ prize awarded by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation and was selected for the Top 25 of the 2020/21 cohort of the ‘startsocial’ programme.

Africademics has been nominated for the ‚Deutscher Engagementpreis‘ 2021, Germany’s most important award for social projects and volunteering. The organization was previously awarded the ‚weitergeben – Social Engagement Prize‘ by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (‚Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes‘). Africademics was further selected for the Top25 of the 2020/21 ‘startsocial‘ competition for social initiatives.

Africademics now stands a chance to win Germany’s most prestigious award for social initiatives. The organization was nominated based on its outstanding work in the field of education and its commitment to increasing access to scholarships and university education for youth in and from Africa. The nomination represents yet another acknowledgement of the extraordinary efforts to increase access to education, and to promote volunteering and international development by Africademics, its founder, PhD student Lena Gronbach, and the volunteers and Ambassadors who support the organization.

The main prizes in five categories will be awarded at the formal award ceremony in Berlin, Germany, on 02 December 2021. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners in each of the following categories: Creating opportunities, preserving life, connecting generations, opening borders, and strengthening democracy. The winners will be selected by a jury consisting of experts in various fields. In addition, the winner of the audience award will be determined through an online voting process which will take place at in the second half of 2021.

The German Social Engagement Award

The ‚Deutsche Engagementpreis‘ is Germany’s most important award for social projects and volunteer initiatives. It recognises and supports social initiatives and individuals who are active in their communities, as well as organizations and funders who award prizes in this field. There are approximately 700 different competitions and awards for volunteering and social initiatives in Germany. Each of these competitions can nominate their winners for the German Social Engagement Award. The aim of this ‚umbrella award‘ is to strengthen the recognition of social initiatives in Germany and to encourage more individuals to engage in volunteer work.

The award was launched in 2009 and is supported by the Public Benefit Alliance, an association of  umbrella organizations and independent private sector partners, as well as experts and academics in Germany. Financing for the award is provided by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, the German TV Lottery, and the Deutsche Bahn Foundation.

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