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.
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.
Your students can get to represent their generation in the context of the G20 Finance Track:
They have the opportunity to enter the first G20 Finance Track Student Competition and qualify for participation as a student expert at meetings that will allow students to experience international political cooperation at first hand.
You and your students will have the chance to:
- Experience global politics at the highest level
- Enter into dialogue with G20 politicians and experts
- Become part of a unique group of students and teachers.
Travel expenses will be covered. 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 foster the benefits of digitalisation and mitigate its risks?
- How does the G20 affect citizens of your country?
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 teacher and would like to find out more on how you and your students can register for the Global Classroom, just check our FAQs.
How does it work?
We offer high-quality teaching materials that you and your teachers can download for use in class, e.g. in a study group for interested students. You will also have the opportunity to work on interactive problems online, together with students from other G20 countries.
|January 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|
If you are a teacher and would like to take part in the Global Classroom with your students, all you have to do is send us an email at email@example.com.
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 and position (including the address of your school)
- School year/grade of the students you would like to register
- Number of participants in your group
- At least one valid email address where you and your 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.”
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.
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.