This year marks the fifth anniversary of the launch of Teach For Austria, and the organization has much to celebrate. In October, its Founder and Co-CEO Walter Emberger was named Austrian Citizen of the Year in the category of Humanitarian Engagement by the newspaper Die Presse. The award recognizes his vision for and leadership of Teach For Austria and his contributions to the country’s social sector.
“The challenges of the last years, including the refugee crisis, have shown that the public sector would not have been able to find solutions to many social problems without the help of civil society,” Walter said upon accepting the award. “So much more is possible here than many people believe, or make themselves believe.”