As an SES expert, you can support both sides in our programme: you can take a young German expert to one of your assignments in Mali or mentor a young African expert who comes to Germany for a an assignment of several weeks in a German enterprise. What is your motivation for getting involved?
Young people are the future of every society. We older people have a duty to the younger generation to help them shape that future. But we have to give them the space they need to be able to put their own ideas into practice. Not just the way the older generation wants. We should give young people the opportunity early on to shape the future the way they would like to see it.
If there were three things you could wish for for Team works!: with AGYO, what would they be?
My first wish would be for all of us who work on the exchange programme to be open and honest towards one another. The second would be for the young expert in my tandem team to make an active contribution to the assignment and for us to work together on the concrete solutions that we’d predefined together. And the young expert should have the courage to take the suggestions we develop and actually translate them into practice. And the third one: the best thing would be to get a positive reaction after the assignment and for the young person to feel motivated and inspired to pursue their own path.
What do you think the programme can do for young experts?
I think the main point is that they realise that, for all humans, irrespective of where they’re from and where they’re going, the important thing is that we all have to support each other to promote peaceful coexistence and a good life for all of us on Earth.
Last question: when would you like to go back to Kati?
Straight away. As soon as Covid and the political situation allow.