Some of us are privilege to vote; others cannot. However, in our new democratic dispensation we can let our opinion be known long before the race begins….. Whom do you think is the best to govern Germany.

In Hessen, the system is back to Abi after 13 years. In Bayern students are allowed to undertake an extra year in the Mittelstufe. In Sachsen-Anhalt, they’ve introduced 13 Gemeinschaftschulen.

6 States (Bayern, Saxony, Lower Saxony, Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) plan to have the same exam in English, German and Math for their Abi candidates in 2013/14.

All States will have the same exams for Abi candidates in 2016/17.

Baden-Württemberg is introducing an extra 87 Gemeinschaftschulen to make it 129. Berlin has introduced Gemeinschaftschulen for the beginners this year.

Islam lessons will be introduced in 440 schools for Class one students in Hessen as an alternative to catholic or evangelical classes. The lessons will be offered by muslim teachers who already work at the school but who’ve undertaken extra training.

In NRW the Islam classes have been there for the past year but only in the Grundschule. This year, the lessons will also be introduced in the other schools.

In lower Saxony, Islam classes will also be introduced as a regular subject.

In Lower Saxony, they also allowed the disabled and the non-disable pupils to learn together in the same schools, a project dubbed “inclusion”.

In Rhineland Palatine, only 24 pupils will be allowed per class in classes 1, 2 and 3 from 2014/15. In Mecklenburg-Vorpommern grading of a child’s social interactions and work ethic will be reintroduced.

The World Igbo Conference which was held on the 18th of August 2013 in Hamburg was a great success. The Theme of this year was “The making of an Igbo Nation”. I was very impressed on getting to the location, because it was well organized and nicely decorated. Everyone got a conference tag and an envelope containing a jotter, a pen and a program schedule. This indeed created a conference like feeling. The Event was a display of the rich Igbo culture and tradition. There were activities like cultural dancing, masquerade shows, rites, traditional Igbo music and of course not to forget a lot of money spraying. There was a lot to eat and drink, so that everyone ate and drank to their satisfaction

The Eze Ndi´Igbo (His Excellency Dr. Peter Godwin) amongst others also graced the event with his presence. The most emotional part of the event was when the Eze Ndi´Igbo, gave his speech and he could not contain his tears of joy because he was so happy at the success of the Event and the Igbo people in Germany.

As said earlier, the event was a great success and it was quite refreshing and modern to see a young EzeNdi´gbo. Nevertheless there are still some rooms for improvement. For example in the aspect of time management, a lot needs to be done, although the management apologized for delay, but it wasn´t enough for the time wasted. The title of the event was not suitable, because it was more of a party than a conference by the fact that there were no discussions and seminars but it was more of a festive atmosphere.

In summary, the event was a total success and there are still chances for some improvement but like they say, Rome was not built in a day and we learn from past experiences. More grease to your elbow Igbozurume Germany e.V .

By Ajibola Kolawole