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Federal Cross of Merit for PROBONO founder Andrea Alleker-Fendel!

With this award, the Federal President honors the commitment of our chairwoman for education and sustainable development in East Africa as well as for global learning and social engagement at the partner schools in Germany. It is an award that emphasizes the importance of our projects and honors and strengthens us at PROBONO.

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Andrea Alleker-Fendel founded PROBONO Schulpartnerschaften für Eine Welt e. V. in 2004 with the vision of realizing the idea of One World through the spread of school partnerships in North and South. For the political scientist and mother of three children, this step was the answer to her question of how development can be promoted in the South and how, at the same time, perceptions and behavior in the North can be sustainably changed. "A world in which people from different cultures learn from each other, fight together against poverty and take responsibility for the future of the earth," is how the PROBONO founder outlines the framework. 

We are grateful and proud that we have already been able to achieve many things. PROBONO has been promoting school education in East Africa for almost 20 years and now supports around 40 school partnerships between Germany and Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. Together with many thousands of students in North and South, we are committed to improving learning and living conditions in African schools, to sustainable development, to dialogue and exchange between children and young people from Germany and East Africa, and to strengthening social and intercultural skills on both sides.

All the girls and boys who support the partnerships - and last but not least you, dear supporters of our work - have a share in the high honor of the Federal Cross of Merit. We say THANK YOU!

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Tanzanian Government Award for the PROBONO Entrepreneurship Programme

With the PROBONO Entrepreneurship Programme (PEP) in Tanzania, launched in 2021, PROBONO has already won two awards from the Tanzanian government - in 2021 and again in 2022. In 2021, PEP even achieved second place among 88 projects and organisations in the competition for the best ideas to promote entrepreneurial know-how.

The jury was convinced by the approach of laying the foundation for a possible later business start-up in a practical way already at school. In Tanzania, youth unemployment is high and the number of permanent jobs for school graduates is low. With the help of PEP, "job seekers" are to become "job creators". At the award ceremony in September 2021 in the capital Dodoma, PROBONO representative Eliet Senkoro received the award from Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa himself.

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Awards for PROBONO

PROBONO was awarded a prize by the initiative "Germany – Land of Ideas" in the category "365 Landmarks in the Land of ideas" in 2011. The competition, which is under the patronage of the German Federal President, is carried out in cooperation with Deutsche Bank and the BDI, the German industry association. Prizes are awarded to innovative and forward-looking projects.

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Awards for intercultural projects of our partner schools

In 2016, the Humboldt School in Bad Homburg won the first price in the school competition "Gemeinsam für Afrika" (United for Africa) for their project "Amani kwanza! Peace first!" During a three-week long workshop supported by PROBONO, 14 students from Bad Homburg joined a group of students at their Tanzanian partner school to work on the issues of peace, independency and tolerance. They spoke with local representatives of Hinduism, Christianity and Islam and developed strategies to overcome (alleged) religiously motivated violence. 

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In 2013, the Anna-Schmidt School in Frankfurt won the first price in the nationwide competition held by the organisation "Gemeinsam für Afrika" (United for Africa) for their project "Tuishi Pamoja – Friendship in the Savannah". The musical production was a joint project carried out by primary school students from the Montessori School in Frankfurt who performed the musical on stage and the students from their partner school in Kenya, the Ilmissigiyio Primary School, who were encouraged and supported by PROBONO to create a beautiful stage setting for the production.

By working together on the project, the children of both partner schools developed a close relationship, just like the zebra and the giraffe who in the musical become good friends despite their many differences. The children were thrilled that they were able to work together and carry out the project even though they were living on different continents.

In June 2010 the Albert-Schweitzer Secondary School in Tuebingen was awarded the prize "Eine-Welt-Preis Baden Württemberg" for the German/ Ugandan production of the children's musical "Mtoto Boga". The project, a joint production by the school in Tuebingen and the St. Michaels' Vocational School in Butende, Uganda, was initiated by PROBONO. The rehearsals were carried out separately at the two schools and the musical was then performed together in Tuebingen during a visit by the young students from Uganda at their German partner school.

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