What is the science behind the engagement

Study on digital competence: More than two thirds of Germans are unsure how to use digital technologies

Civil society learning opportunities can play an important role by supporting the school system and creating learning opportunities for children and young people from all parts of society, regardless of the type of school attended. "Digitization is taking place in all areas of our society. The imparting of important digital skills is a task for society as a whole that cannot be managed by schools alone. More than ever, a committed civil society and economy are needed," explains Digital State Minister Dorothee Bär, patron of the funding initiative "digitally committed".

However, the study also shows that learning opportunities from associations and non-profit organizations have so far received little response - only 29 percent of those surveyed already use them. That is why the "digital.engagiert" initiative, which has been supporting digitization projects from civil society since 2018, will start a new funding round in 2020. We are looking for young teams who are committed to society with digital approaches, or those who want to strengthen the digital skills of the generation of tomorrow with their project. Committed initiatives can apply from now until April 1, 2020. A jury of experts will select the twelve best projects. These teams then receive intensive coaching, networking opportunities, at least 10,000 euros in funding and the chance to win additional prize money.

Andreas Schlüter, General Secretary of the Stifterverband, explains the idea behind "digital.engagiert": "We support projects that empower young people to acquire digital skills and use them for society. We help them to develop future-oriented projects for the common good. In addition, create we with digital.engagiert an attention-grabbing platform that will hopefully inspire a lot of people. " Ralf Kleber, Country Manager at Amazon.de, says: "Digital skills are like a muscle. You can train them. We want to encourage young people in particular to develop these skills."