Press releases | Education 08.02.2012

Dual distinction for Siemens Stiftung’s educational efforts

The Siemens Stiftung media portal, which provides digital teaching materials to help educators with a contemporary approach to topics of sustainability, has once again been named an official project of the UN Decade “Education for Sustainable Development”. The commitment of the Siemens Stiftung and the non-profit Center for Multilingualism in Children (Zentrum für kindliche Mehrsprachigkeit e.V. – zkm) in promoting the KIKUS language development method has set a positive example and been recognized as a “Selected Landmark 2012” in the competition “365 Landmarks in the Land of Ideas”.

“These distinctions validate our dedication to sustainable, forward-looking education”, remarks Dr. Barbara Filtzinger, Head of Programs & Strategy at the Siemens Stiftung. “We actively promote science and language instruction from preschool through secondary school. It is very important to us to pursue both of these areas together. That makes it all the nicer that both projects have now been honored simultaneously.”

Media portal supports education for sustainable development

The Siemens Stiftung media portal has once again been recognized by the German UNESCO Commission as a project of the “Education for Sustainable Development” World Decade for 2012/13. The free online platform currently offers over 3,000 materials for teaching basic science and technology and addressing social, ecological, and cultural issues. The international media portal promotes global learning – a shining example of the objectives of the United Nations global educational initiative. The online portal was already an official entry of the UN Decade in 2010/2011. The jury acknowledged the project as an impressive example of forward-looking education offering a clear picture of how people can act sustainably. The UN Decade “Education for Sustainable Development” is a global educational initiative. The United Nations member states proclaimed the decade for 2005 through 2014, thereby committing to incorporate the concepts of sustainable development into their educational systems. The certificates will be presented during the UNESCO Day ceremonies at the didacta trade show in Hanover on February 15, 2012. The media portal and its teaching materials were first honored as highly recommended for educational use at the international MEDEA Awards in November 2011.

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KIKUS helps promote Germany’s future viability

The competition “365 Landmarks in the Land of Ideas” has demonstrated the shared commitment of the Siemens Stiftung and zkm when it comes to promoting language instruction in young children. The partnership focuses on spreading the KIKUS language development method for children of various backgrounds ages three and up. The KIKUS method was developed by zkm. The jury honored the project with the title of “Selected Landmark 2012” in the Land of Ideas. The nation-branding initiative “Germany – Land of Ideas”, under the patronage of the German President and in cooperation with Deutsche Bank, honors 365 innovative and influential ideas each year that generate passion and have a lasting impact on the future viability of Germany. Even amid a competitive field of over 2,000 submissions, the KIKUS language development partnership greatly impressed the independent jury. The official awards ceremony will take place on September 25 on the occasion of zkm’s tenth anniversary. On this day, KIKUS will be the “selected landmark 2012.”

Click here to go to “365 Landmarks in the Land of Ideas” ENCOURAGE. empowering people. The Siemens Stiftung wants to empower people to actively address today’s social challenges and is dedicated to the values of Werner von Siemens. Together with partners, the foundation designs and implements local and international projects with the aim of promoting individual responsibility and self-initiative. The foundation is committed to enlarging basic services and social entrepreneurship, promoting education and strengthening of culture. The Siemens Stiftung pursues an integrative approach and stands for responsible, impact-oriented and innovative project work.