Gardelegen/Magdeburg (dpa/sa) - The city of Gardelegen is again launching a scholarship program to recruit teachers. Student teachers can apply until September 15th, as the initiators announced on Monday. The aim is to attract young teachers to the rural region. There is a scholarship of 300 euros per month for those who are willing to commit themselves to the unified community of the Hanseatic City of Gardelegen after completing their studies. According to the city, it is paid from the first semester until you start your legal clerkship.
In June 2018, the city council approved the concept for recruiting new teachers with the help of the Ministry of Education. Seven student teachers are currently benefiting from the project, which is also looking after housing, for example. The first "guard teachers" have completed their training and teach at a primary school and two secondary schools in Gardelegen (Altmarkkreis Salzwedel).
Education Minister Eva Feußner (CDU) said recruiting teachers remains one of the biggest challenges in the country. The background is the lack of young people and of those who decide to live in the countryside. Gardelegen's Mayor Mandy Schumacher promised for the fifth round of applications that the city would also like to help future teachers outside of school.