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Issues of the future – Digitalisation

The German Federal Government is working together with KfW through the Smart Cities Pilot Projects programme, providing a total of EUR 750 million in grants to support selected cities and municipalities in driving forward digitalisation. The funding will be provided over a ten-year period.

Mädchen am Computer im Lernzentrum TUMO

KfW is stepping up its commitment to promoting education in Germany with an innovative flagship project. A learning centre for digital education will be set up in Berlin, based on the model of the TUMO Center for Creative Technologies developed in Armenia. The centre is due to go live in autumn 2020. KfW will be financing its equipment and operation for the next five years. The TUMO centre in Berlin provides the first free learning programme in Germany that deals with such a diverse range of digital topics.

All in all, the Armenian TUMO centre offers 14 different subjects, including programming, design, music, writing, animation, video production, photography, robotics and graphic design.

“Promoting education is one of KfW’s main priorities. By supporting TUMO, we are replicating an innovative project aimed at promoting digital education for young people from one of KfW’s development cooperation partner countries. This is a really exciting development. After all, it is as true for digitalisation as for anything else – we can only rise to the challenge and be truly successful if we learn from each other.”

Dr Ingrid Hengster, member of the KfW Group Executive Board

Annual Report 2018
Porträt der Staatsministerin für Digitalisierung Dorothee Baer

“A curriculum without digital education is inconceivable in this day and age. We need age-appropriate programmes for children and young people both inside and outside school. We need digital minds that will shape the future of our country with their skills and innovations. I am confident that TUMO will become just as successful in Germany as it is in Armenia.”

Dorothee Bär, Member of the Bundestag, Minister of State in the Federal Chancellery and Federal Government Commissioner for Digitalisation

Further information

KfW Newsroom – Press release

The signing ceremony for the franchise and licensing agreement between KfW and TUMO took place at the KfW branch office in Berlin.

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KfW Stories – Promoting digital education

Germany learns from Armenia: a conversation with executive directors Marie Lou Papazian and Pegor Papazian about their project and exporting the model to Berlin.

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KfW Stories – Smart cities

The Federal Government and KfW want to support municipalities and districts in Germany on their path to a digital future.

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