On June 14th 2013, I was privileged to have been invited to “Gymnasium Rahlstedt’s“ (Rahlstedt Highschool) end of year graduation ceremony . What made it special was that many of our kids, African kids were among the students that successfully passed, and with luck would be gaining admission into the various renowned universities across Germany.
The parents were extremely happy; “yes we are delighted seeing our kids excelling academically” said a jubilant mother. At this juncture I would want to congratulate all students for this achievement, not forgetting parents and teachers for their respective roles.
We can only remain relevant in this knowledge base country, by transforming and making our community more qualitative and effective. We have to see education as serious business; it is the key to success and influence in any civilized institution.
My appeal to parents is that, it does not end here; they have to continue to support and monitor their kids through their university education. Also they must not encourage their children to run to the United Kingdom. And to policy makers I urge them to put more mechanisms in place to make it easy and possible for the kids to attain the best.
Opening ceremony and handing over of certificates was done by Mrs. Wiegandt and Mr. Niedenzu. Mr. Walter spoke on behalf of the parents, whereas Jessica Pohl and Phillip Libitowsky did a wonderful speech on behalf of the students.
The star of the day was the intelligent queen who got the 1.1 note, the best in the school.
I am confident, we would be welcoming all of them to this year's 3rd African Youth Education Award, schedule to take place on the 19th of October 2013, at IHK -Hamburg, Albert-Schäfer-Saal, Adolphsplatz 1, 20457 Hamburg.
God Bless Africa! God Bless Germany
Desmond John Beddy
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