It was freezing cold and snowy on November 22, as 44 club members and guests gathered at DESY to garner information on a tricky topic: schools and education in Hamburg. The seminar, organized by the AWC Board, featured nine speakers on all parts and kinds of pre-, primary, and secondary schooling offered in Hamburg. Each and every one of them offered essential definitions, descriptions and advice on what foreigners should do and know when sending their children to school here. As attendees munched on croissants, sandwiches, and cookies, they learned, exchanged information, and shared success stories as well as commiseration about the unfamiliar schooling system. Everyone left with a feeling of having learned a great deal. Here is a selection of the feedback on this remarkable event:
It gave us great insight into the educational system here in Germany and answered many questions that we had.
What I learned was invaluable. I cannot express just how grateful I am to you.
Thank you so much for organizing such an informative event.
The program was absolutely outstanding and totally professional.
The presentations ... were absolutely fantastic: really informative. The speakers were all really well informed and I learned so much, so thank you so much for putting together such a great day.
Very informative, good work!!!!!
We were both totally delighted to have received such good information.
We are thrilled to receive such accolades on a really rewarding event. The Board hopes to continue this kind of program, offering both seminars on other topics of interest to the membership and further opportunities to learn about the Hamburg and German schooling system. If you missed this one and are interested in receiving some of the information offered or attending another, similar event, please contact Sus Ewing Bölke.
originally published in Currents Feb/Mar 2009