Education is strongly related to economic growth. In view of the demographic changes we are facing, a comprehensive and attractive education system is more important than ever for an industrialised country like Germany. To play in the big leagues or even lead our globalised world, we need smart minds. But the number of young people entering the job market is shrinking, and German companies are now struggling to find skilled workers for their vacancies.
Adding to this is the fact that our educational system is focusing on equality, not individuality. Many gifted children and young people are under-challenged. As public schools cannot satisfy their thirst for knowledge, they depend on private or local education initiatives that not all parents can afford. One day, these talented young people will shape our society. How can we help them move forward?