Youthbridge is the BGA’s primary charitable endeavour, providing support and finance to promote the teaching of German in UK schools. It’s embarrassing how few young people in Britain master a modern language. Even fewer choose or have the opportunity to learn German. Youthbridge is campaigning to change that and provide the practical intervention to help schools put it on the curriculum.
Increasingly fewer schoolchildren are learning foreign languages; the number of pupils studying for GCSE German has reduced by more than half in the last ten years.
Against this background, the British-German Association’s Youthbridge scheme works to encourage pupils to take up German at school, and to continue it, ideally through to A Levels.
This is not just a question of learning a language, since in studying German the pupils get to know about Germany, the Germans and their culture.
This is mind-broadening in itself, but importantly it can also help young people enormously as they set out to shape for themselves a successful and fulfilling career.
The BGA’s annual [Youthbridge Award Scheme] gives cash prizes and certificates for the best projects submitted by students in each participating school. Project quality is very good and the schools taking part are really motivated by the scheme.
We aim to keep in regular touch with selected schools so that we can build up a steady relationship over time. That way we can find out how best we can help each individual school, and then provide that help on a tailor-made basis. See [Youthbridge News] for some examples of this.
Any school that feels it might benefit from this kind of partnership should contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Practically all of BGA’s Youthbridge activities involve financial support.
To fund this, the BGA:
- Occasionally invites corporate or other members to help a specific school direct
- Occasionally accepts donations to the BGA, earmarked for Youthbridge activities
- Allocates some of its general income to support Youthbridge. This means that corporate and other members’ annual membership subscriptions help to fund Youthbridge alongside the BGA’s other educational, cultural and social activities.
Many members can benefit from the BGA’s status as a Registered Charity.