Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble

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.

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 info@global-classroom.de. 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 info@global-classroom.de.

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 info@global-classroom.de.

No, the Global Classroom is completely free for you and your school.
That depends on your school. We offer a course that can be taken independently by groups of students supervised by a teacher. This could be within a regular course, e.g. in economics, politics, international relations or history, or it could take the form of an extracurricular activity.

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.
As part of the German G20 presidency and the G20 Finance Track, the Global Classroom in the G20 Finance Track invites students throughout the G20 and beyond to participate in a unique educational project. Teaching materials and further resources will be provided via our website. We would like to leave it up to individual teachers and their students how they use these materials – it could be as part of regular coursework, or as an extra-curricular activity. We believe that you will get the most out of the Global Classroom if you are curious about global issues and motivated to share and discuss your questions within your local peer group and online with your international peers in the Global Classroom environment.
The Global Classroom will commence in mid-March when the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors will meet in the German city of Baden-Baden and will end in July, at the time of the Hamburg G20 summit. It will comprise an opening session and three content modules that will be open for participation during the second half of March and April. It will also give participants the chance to take part in a student competition that will take place in early May. Further dates and timelines will be communicated in due course.
There will be no core time requirements so as to enable teachers at participating schools to integrate the Global Classroom into their schedules according to their individual needs. However, we will provide core office hours that take participants’ different time zones into account. During these office hours, students and teachers will have an opportunity to discuss course-related issues with experts and staff.
No. The Global Classroom does not require attendance at central meetings. There may be central online events and live chats, depending on the number of participants in the course, but these events will not be mandatory. However, the winners of the Global Classroom student competition will be invited to a central event in Hamburg at the time of the G20 Summit.
Yes. The Global Classroom aims to connect teachers and students across the G20. However, if local schools/teachers/students were to choose to work on this project cooperatively and independently organise their own local classroom sessions, we would be very interested in hearing about this.
The amount of time that individual teachers and students will need may depend on how they are integrating the classroom into regular coursework or extra-curricular activities at their schools. When designing the teaching materials, we have been assuming that teachers and students may be willing to spend two hours per week on Global Classroom sessions over a period of five weeks, while each session may take about the same time for students and teachers to prepare. We also provide additional material for each session so as to give participants the opportunity of further specialisation.
There is no formal limit. Teachers may want to decide on the group size individually, depending on the context and objectives of their participation in the Global Classroom. There is no limit as to the number of groups that can participate per school.