PROJECT INITIATIVE GERMAN SCHOOL YAOUNDÉ OPENS UP A NEW OFFICE IN BERLIN – INTENSIFICATION OF BILATERAL COOPERATION AT A FEDERAL LEVEL.Berlin, September 20th, 2010 – The project initiative German School Yaoundé (GSY), in existence since 2009, now has a new representative office on Herbertsallee in Berlin’s green district of Grundwald. With the opening of another office in Germany’s capital, the German School Yaoundé Association intends to continue the development of exchange between national and international cooperation partners.
The increasing interest for this beacon project, both in Cameroon as well as in Germany, made the move to the German capital necessary. The intensification of bilateral cooperation, particularly at the federal level, will be strengthened from the office in Berlin. Alongside offices in Duisburg and Yaoundé (Cameroon), the establishment of a dependency in Berlin fixes clear signals for international cooperation.
Much has changed since the project’s inception in 2009. From an initial idea has grown an international project group, which from Germany and from Yaoundé serves to spur the further development of the GSY project initiative. The project’s initiator, Bop Sandrino-Arndt (35), who, among other things, serves as the Executive Vice-President of the Institute for Applied Organizational Development (iFanO), now has an experienced team of co-workers at his side.
The project also has acquired reputed partners in Germany and in Cameroon. In addition to the project’s new patron, the former Foreign Minister and Chairman of the SPD parliamentary group, Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, project partners include the Goethe Institute, the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation, the German Embassy in Cameroon as well as the Cameroonian ambassador in Berlin, all of whom have ensured their support for the project. Still in this year, the international project team will hold a Germany-wide architecture contest with a reward for a master plan for the construction of the school.
The decision to choose Berlin as second location, in addition to Duisburg, resonates with so-called “Capital Thinking”. “We’d like to push the project forward from Berlin, and particularly inspire internationally-oriented cooperation partners with our concept,” Project Initiator Bop Sandrino-Arndt affirmed.
The goal of the “Association for the German School Yaoundé” (“Förderverein Deutsche Schule Jaunde e.V.”) is to awaken interest and wonder for present-day Germany and its society. To accomplish this task, the Association has developed a fundamental concept for the foundation of the first German school in Yaoundé.
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