In February, Teach For Austria hosted its first Teach For Austria Week in schools in Vienna and Salzburg where Teach For Austria Fellows are active. In all, 30 representatives of the business and civil sectors co-taught lessons with Fellows, engaging students in a variety of topics, including corporate responsibility, courtroom experiences, the use of the German and English languages in different contexts, and the Austrian media landscape.
Among the noted professionals participating in Teach For Austria Week were IBM Director General Tatjana Oppitz, Association of Austrian Industries Secretary General Christoph Neumayer, Raiffeisen Bank Deputy General Director Georg Kraft-Kinz, BCG Partners Rainer Reich and Hannes Pichler, Ricoh CEO Michael Raberger, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber of Commerce Division Coordinator Bettina Lorentschitsch, Observer CEO Florian Laszlo, Reenag CEO Winfried Braumann, Association of Austrian Industries Salzburg Managing Director Irene Schulte, Donau Chemie CEO Franz Geiger, Frauenthal CEO Hans Peter Moser, and attorney Andreas Theiss.
Above, with students, clockwise from left: Andreas Theiss; Bernd Schneiderbauer; Tatjana Oppitz (on right.) Below right: Georg Kraft-Kinz
Across the Teach For All network, "Teach For" weeks have become popular initiatives, offering students and professionals from a variety of sectors the unique opportunity to interact with and learn from each other. Modeled after these successful events, the inaugural Teach For Austria Week was a rewarding experience for all involved. "Teach For Austria Week connected top executives with a world they do not encounter in their daily lives: Low income schools," explained CEO Walter Emberger. "And it brings to our kids all the attention and appreciation they need and deserve."
The professionals acting as guest Fellows reported learning as much during their time in the classroom as the students. "The children were very interested and very well behaved—that made me especially happy!" IBM Director General Tatjana Oppitz shared with Fellow Bernhard Handel-Mazzetti. "And you radiate a calm and positive atmosphere, the children certainly motivated. It is always pleasing to see the commitment of Fellows and also to learn from them!"
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