Shaping the future together was the focus of a one-day roadshow in Bonn that brought together school students and development organizations. DW Akademie was there to present its Media Freedom Navigator.
Worldwide rankings for free expression: Germany's Federal Minister of Economic Development and Cooperation, Gerd Müller and NRW State Governor, Hannelore Kraft at the DW Akademie stand
Climate protection, free trade, displacement and migration were among the development issues presented at the interactive "ZukunftsTour" roadshow in Bonn. It offered school students and adults alike a chance to learn more about and discuss global challenges.
"ZukunftsTour" is a countrywide information campaign by Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and promotes the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations in 2015.
Various organizations involved in development and sustainability presented projects promoting a better future. At the DW Akademie stand, visitors had a chance to use the Media Freedom Navigator, DW Akademie's interactive tool for exploring the status of press freedoms worldwide.
Germany's development minister, Gerd Müller and North Rhine-Westphalia's state governor, Hannelore Kraft, took a closer look at current trends concerning freedom of the press. The Media Freedom Navigator shows that in many countries independent media and free expression are coming under increasing pressure. Six out of seven people live in societies with limited freedom of expression.
"Free expression is a prerequisite for democracy," said Müller, stressing it was essential to actively promote free media and free expression. He pointed to DW Akademie's international projects as examples.
The "ZukunftsTour" in Bonn was also the venue for the official launch of the African-German Youth Initiative (AGYI). Supported by BMZ, the AGYI promotes youth exchanges between Germany and African countries, and builds on existing voluntary services and exchange programs. In his speech, Müller underlined the importance of sharing global knowledge and experiences.
Working together as a priority
Pointing to the lack of job opportunities and rapid population growth in Africa, Müller said Africa was in need of a major education initiative. "We can only create a fair and just globalization process is if we do this together," he said. "We need to make sure that young Europeans and Africans can access education and training so that they have better prospects for shaping their future."