Scholarships for The DO School Fellows

Since 2015, the Westerwelle Foundation has collaborated with The DO School to support young social entrepreneurs in the development and implementation of their entrepreneurial vision. In 2017, the Westerwelle Foundation and its partners The DO School and Sinal do Vale initiated the Apprenticeship Challenge. Three young talents received scholarships from the Westerwelle Foundation which allowed them to participate in the programme.

The challenge’s goal was to devise an innovative concept to promote vocational education worldwide. By this, the Westerwelle Foundation wants to make a contribution to the global fight against youth unemployment. Vocational education can create the prospect of long-term employment, which is, in turn, the cornerstone of a self-determined future. It is the Westerwelle Foundation’s conviction that the economic success of and democratic participation in developing countries is thus strengthened.

A total of 17 young entrepreneurs participated in the Apprenticeship Challenge. For ten weeks, the fellows worked together in Brazil to devise a measure to promote vocational education. After this period, the fellows returned to their respective home countries to continue to develop their own enterprises. During this time, they will continue to be supported through mentoring and coaching programmes.