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There are plenty of people around the world with the courage to try something new and turn ideas for a better future into reality. Here you’ll hear from our project cooperation partners, network members, and participants in addition to experts in fields that motivate us and make a difference in society.

Interview | Development Cooperation | 19. April 2018
A pair of glasses – endless opportunities
A pair of glasses can change everything. Yet many people in Burkina Faso cannot afford one. A situation the OneDollarGlasses association and Siemens Stiftung want to change forever. Our colleague Christine Meinhardt explains how.
Interview | Education | 9. April 2018
A new culture of sharing
How does copyright work with Open Educational Resources? What are the biggest challenges to implementing OER on an everyday basis in schools? What is Siemens Stiftung's role in the OER movement? We sought answers from our expert, Dr. Franziska Frost.
Interview | Education | 2. April 2018
MINTegration
Integration through experimentation: With the MINTegration project, Jakob Fugger Gymnasium secondary school in Augsburg, Germany, looks to introduce children to science while playfully improving their language skills.
Interview | Education | 25. January 2018
Full steam ahead: STEAM in South Africa
“Steam” means momentum – Kathryn Kure wishes to generate all her foundation’s name implies. The STEAM Foundation facilitates the future prospects of South Africa’s youth through targeted teacher training in the areas of science and technology. The international Experimento program provided the push for the nonprofit project.
Interview | Development Cooperation | 10. January 2018
Finding the right technical solutions for the challenge
For most development challenges, technical solutions exist. But how do we find the right one for the right place? Rolf Huber explains how successful sustainable development brings together a suitable technology, a functioning organisational model and a community approach.
Interview | Education | 11. November 2017
Making progress together
In November 2017, the foundations “Haus der kleinen Forscher” (Little Scientists’ House) and Siemens Stiftung brought together more than 100 experts from 28 countries on the "International Dialogue on STEM" in Berlin to discuss the opportunities and challenges of STEM education worldwide. Uchenna Udeani, Professor of Science Education at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and Hugo Flores, Director of the Center for Pre-university Education at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru, explain why their countries’ futures begin with small children.
Interview | Education | 23. October 2017
MINTogether
At the Gymnasium Frechen high school near Cologne, two physics teachers meet with young refugees once a week as part of the “MINTogether” project. Together, they investigate the world of science and technology. The goal? To provide youngsters with a sense of achievement.
Interview | Culture | 19. October 2017
The art of stepping back
"Local leaders keeping the beat" – Nathalie von Siemens explains how the Siemens Stiftung has built up the music information platform Music In Africa, supported it and what plans there are for the future.
Interview | Culture | 19. June 2017
Art changes through experience
Joachim Gerstmeier, project lead on the theater academies, explains how artistic collaboration in Latin America leads to new ideas that steer diverging social perspectives back toward each other.
Interview | Education | 6. June 2016
Learning, living and feeling values
The teaching of values in STEM courses develops characteristics that enable people to become responsible, socially responsible individuals. In the following interview, Professor Dr. Heinz Mandl discusses how values can be successfully nurtured.
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