An awards ceremony encouraging African children in Germany to be committed to their studies will be held on 15th October 2016.
The main objectives of AYE Awards include raising the educational and professional achievements of children and youth of African origin through empowerment approach.
It also aims to motivate African children in Germany to study hard in addition to exposing them and their parents to role models in the society.
AYE Awards is organised by Radio TopAFric, a Black Online Radio Station in Hamburg.
“Young migrants of African origin in Germany have low educational levels. A relatively large proportion of these kids rarely achieve the A level/Abitur qualification. Besides a large proportion of them ends up at the junior secondary schools or drop out completely, and this is quite disturbing,” says Radio TopAFric.
While motivation is crucial for success in education, German education system lacks incentives to motivate these kids to pursue higher academic goals, Radio TopAFric observes.
“Children from African homes have significantly little or no motivation to learn as compared to children of German origin. One of the reasons is the lack of role models in the African communities,” says Radio TopAFric.
All these factors hinder the children’s integration and participation in society.
African children and youth who have successfully completed vocational training in Germany and first year university students are eligible for the awards.
It is still possible for students to register for this year’s awards by clicking here.
Thirty-five students from eight African countries (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Namibia and Togo) have received the awards since 2011.
Radio TopAFric is grateful to the State of Hamburg, especially “Handelskammer” for supporting the AYE Awards.