Ambassador Ammon welcomes HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to mark 30th anniversary of the Kurt Hahn Trust

25 February 2016
Ambassador Ammon with HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

Ambassador praises presence of HRH as "symbol of the excellent state of relations between our two countries"

On Wednesday 24 February, Ambassador Ammon hosted a celebratory event with HRH The Duke of Edinburgh as guest of honour to mark the 30th anniversary of the Kurt Hahn Trust. Since its inception thirty years ago, the Trust has succeeded in facilitating exchange for almost 300 students, thus contributing to building strong bridges between Germany and the UK.

At the anniversary event both patrons of the Kurt Hahn Trust Ambassador Ammon and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh paid tribute to the exceptional educationalist and progressive thinker Kurt Hahn and commended the Trust’s outstanding and lasting work in continuing and fulfilling Hahn’s vision through academic exchange between Germany and the UK.

Ambassador Ammon extended a special welcome to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and emphasised the Duke’s very personal link to Kurt Hahn himself, his long and dedicated service to the Trust and to British-German relations: “Your presence here tonight also stands out as a symbol of the excellent state of relations between our two countries.”

Kurt Hahn’s work lives on in Britain as well as in Germany and as founder of Schule Schloss Salem and the school in Gordonstoun his efforts towards international exchange, reflected in the concept of “Outward Bound”, remains highly topical. In acknowledging the impact of Kurt Hahn’s life Ambassador Ammon also stressed the European vision of Hahn’s idea and his life as an émigré who found a second home in the UK. “Hahn's life is a very timely reminder that refugees and émigrés can make great and lasting contributions to their host countries”.

The Kurt Hahn Trust has for over 30 years successfully carried forward Kurt Hahn’s ideas and fostered close British-German relations and understanding in the spirit of Kurt Hahn. The Trust translated Kurt Hahn’s educational ideas onto the level of academic outreach and mobility between Germany and the UK.

The Duke of Edinburgh also praised the important work of the Trust and its founder Peter Carpenter.

Over the last 30 years the Trust succeeded in facilitating exchange for almost 300 students since its inception and has thus contributed to building strong bridges between Germany and the UK. The Trust is supported in its aim by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Click here for more information on the Kurt Hahn Trust.

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Opening Speech by Ambassador Ammon to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Kurt Hahn Trust

Ambassador Ammon with HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

On Wednesday 24 February, Ambassador Ammon hosted a celebratory event with HRH The Duke of Edinburgh as guest of honour to mark the 30th anniversary of the Kurt Hahn Trust. Since its inception thirty years ago, the Trust has succeeded in facilitating exchange for almost 300 students, thus contributing to building strong bridges between Germany and the UK

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