Germany has assumed the G20 presidency for 2017. The Group of Twenty (G20) is an international forum that brings together the world’s 19 major advanced and emerging economies plus the European Union. During the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009, it became the main platform for global economic policy coordination.
The top priority of Germany’s G20 presidency is to continue to take responsibility for shaping a stable world. This also means involving future generations in the G20 process. For this reason, we want to bring together students from all G20 countries and encourage them to engage with global challenges. That is why the German Finance Ministry is providing teaching materials as well as technical and administrative infrastructure in the form of the G20 Global Classroom, which is being set up in cooperation with the Joachim Herz Foundation in Hamburg.
The G20 Global Classroom is an interactive platform offering resources that can be used in schools to conduct and accompany decentralised teaching units. It also enables global interaction between teachers and students. Participants receive a certificate at the end.
Represent your generation in context of the G20 Finance Track!
Enter the first G20 Finance Track Student Competition and qualify for participation as a student expert at meetings that will allow you to experience international political cooperation at first hand.
- Experience global politics at the highest level
- Enter into dialogue with G20 politicians and experts
- Become part of a unique group of students
Travel expenses will be covered. Submit an outstanding entry and be invited to take part in events that reflect the G20 Finance Track topics. The competition topics will be provided and could include questions like:
- What problems should the G20 solve in the future?
- What should global governance look like in a multipolar world?
- What can the G20 do to promote the benefits of digitalisation and mitigate its risks?
- How does the G20 affect citizens of your country?
We are looking forward to receiving bold and imaginative entries. Information on the selection process, deadlines, and format can be found at www.global-classroom.de.
We are looking forward to receiving bold and imaginative contributions.
Wolfgang Schäuble, German Federal Minister of Finance:
If we are ready to view change as an opportunity, tackle challenges and learn from experience, then we will preserve our stability and security in a time of change. If we do this, then I have no fear of the future.
Student interview with Wolfgang Schäuble
In the run-up to the launch of Germany’s G20 Global Classroom in the Finance Track initiative Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble met with students from Hamburg based school Johanneum to take their questions on the G20, globalisation and finance policy and how they impact the lives of young people.
Who can participate?
Participation is easy. Your students just need to fulfil the following conditions:
- They have access to the Internet.
- They were born between 1998 and 2002.
- They are able to communicate in English.
If you are a student and would like to find out more on how you can register for the Global Classroom, just check our FAQs.
How does it work?
We offer high-quality teaching materials that you can download for in-class teaching, e.g. in a study group for interested students. Moreover, your students will have the opportunity to work on interactive problems online, together with students from other G20 countries. All teaching material will be provided by us. If you like, you can reuse the materials and build on them in future courses.
|January 2017||Official project start; information distributed to participating schools|
|February 2017||Official project start; information distributed to participating schools|
|February 2017||Schools set up the Global Classroom|
|March 2017||Kick-off speech|
|March-April 2017||Students take part in course|
|Beginning of May 2017||Submission of contributions for competition|
|End of May 2017||Winners announced|
|July 2017||Award ceremony / Global Classroom events in context of Hamburg G20 Summit|
If you would like to take part in the Global Classroom, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. In order to get a better idea of who will be participating in the Global Classroom sessions that will start in March 2017, we would also be grateful if you could provide some or all of the following information (please note that providing any of this information is entirely optional and is not required in order to participate in the Global Classroom):
- First name and surname
- Date of birth
- Home town or city
- School affiliation (including the address of your school)
- School year/grade
- If your student group will be supervised by a teacher of your school
- At least one valid email address where you and your fellow students can be contacted regarding the Global Classroom in the G20 Finance Track
- We would also be interested in hearing your motivation for taking part in the Global Classroom (optional).
Please note: If you send us a message by email, we will store the data you provide electronically. We will only use your data for communication and administration purposes in the context of the Global Classroom. Your data will not be shared with third parties outside the Global Classroom project. We will store your data until the end of the Global Classroom project in July 2017. If you do not wish to receive any emails from us, or if you would like us to delete your data before July 2017, please send us an email at email@example.com.
Please note that your data may be vulnerable to security breaches when being sent via the internet and that complete protection against access by third parties cannot be guaranteed.
If you are under 18 years of age, please do not send us any personal data without the consent of a parent or guardian. These data will be deleted immediately at the request of a parent or guardian.
If you have any questions you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joining the Global Classroom has the following benefits:
- Students will have a truly unique learning experience as they will get the chance to interact directly with leading politicians and G20 staff around the world.
- Schools and their staff will be able to network with like-minded schools and peers around the globe, paving the way for further collaboration after the Global Classroom.
- Schools will have the opportunity to demonstrate their e-learning competencies on the international level.