The African-German Leadership Academy has started its second round with stays in Brussels and Berlin, accompanied by many practical teaching elements and application-oriented projects.
During the first phase in April and May in Bonn, the group had developed its theoretical framework, consisting of leadership, governance and policy building blocks in the focus of sustainable development. In the second phase in June programme elements in Brussels and Berlin followed.
During their time in Brussels, the group gained insights into the EU Parliament and the EU Commission and got to know the democratic European system in more detail. They had the opportunity to personally exchange ideas with political actors and discovered the EU capital.
In Berlin, the participants spent an intensive and instructive time with many networking opportunities and productive conversations (e.g., with the member of the Bundestag Armand Zorn), they got to know historical and political parts of the city, visited the German Bundestag, the Holocaust Memorial, the Mauerpark and much more.
Based on a wide variety of teaching methods, joint and mutual learning were made possible – e.g., the World Café brought together committed stakeholders from organizations, institutes and civil society who are specialized in different areas of social or environmental sustainability and enabled an inspirational exchange.
Another cornerstone with didactic relevance was the Innovation Project. The participants worked in small groups on real-life challenges related to Agenda 2030 and AU Agenda 2063. The respective cases were given to the groups by organizations and institutions, which are looking for new and innovative solutions. Topics include mobility and energy transition within the transport sector, gender equality in leadership positions, water quality gap in Africa, further network development of the African Academy, youth participation of African partner countries in the BMZ Youth Advisory Board and child poverty in Kiel, Germany.
Overall, the participants learned to consolidate and apply their knowledge, to test cooperation and team skills and to expand networks between Germany and the African partner countries.