Good news, dear friends and fellows! Last Saturday, November 23th 2013, Etudes Sans Fontières International won an award for social commitment.
The Engagementpreis 2013 is offered every year by FES Ehemalige, a German alumni organization of former scholarship holders of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. They foster projects and ideas which contribute to the welfare of society, supporting the idea of democracy and social equality.
ESF I’s conference 2013 in Paris and the one to follow 2014 convinced the jury. A European peace conference for the youth with students from different countries working together is a very important project in our times of international networks. The aim of ESF, financial and ideal support for students in crisis regions can grow further now.
“We want to spread the concept of mutual help among students throughout Europe”, Dr. Jan Knauer, chairman of ESF I, says. “For example, Erasmus students from German ESF groups could carry the idea to their universities abroad and find new people interested in our work. Eventually they found new chapters in other European countries.”
The network of contact persons FES Ehemalige offers will help us talk to university associates and create collaboration opportunities within educational institutions.
Manuela Schwesig, federal minister of family and this year’s patron of the award, says: “This year’s winners fight social problems with brave commitment and encourage all of us to contribute to a fair and equitable society.”
ESFI thank all of our coworkers for their support. Special thanks to FES Ehemalige, who have offered a great opportunity for ESFI’s further development by awarding our organization!