Helping people to help themselves – this concept has been put into action by the GROHE JAL Academy. The training workshop at the Don Bosco Learning Center qualifies young people from extremely poor backgrounds, many of whom have lived in the streets, to become professional plumbers. This gives them the opportunity to start a career as a skilled tradesman and to earn their own livelihood. The project has now won a first prize in the “Innovation competition for professional education projects in developing countries" launched by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
On November 26, the prizes were handed over to the winners by Parliamentary State Secretary Gudrun Kopp at the Berlin Representative Office of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit. Among the winners were not only Grohe AG and its partner, Don Bosco Mondo e.V., but also three projects from the civil society sphere as well as another two projects from Germany’s economy sector. The prize ceremony was also attended by the 5-strong jury, which consists of German theatre and TV actor Dietmar Bär, Walter Scheurle, former member of the Management Board of Deutsche Post AG, Sabine Donner, in charge of the Bertelsmann Transformation Index (BTI), Dr. Stephanie Odenwald, Head of Education and Further Training of Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft (trade union for education and science) as well as Dr. Andreas König, Head of the competence centre for professional education and the labour market of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). The jury singled out projects which support professional education in developing countries in an especially innovative and successful manner and particularly highlighted the creative model of the successful development cooperation between the corporate sector and society in the case of the GROHE JAL Academy of GROHE and Don Bosco Mondo.