In Brief: Free school lunch begins for students at Grundschulen in Berlin

Free school lunch has begun for Grundschulen students in Berlin. In other news, young climate change activists are joining this week in Switzerland for the #SMILEForFuture conference.

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School is back in session in Berlin, and with the start of the new school year comes some changes.

School lunches are now free for students in Grundschulen. That affects nearly 200,000 children, grades first through sixth.

Doreen Siebernick from the German Education Union (GEW) said in the past, they would see children shut out from lunchtime because some parents would not pay the necessary amount ahead of time.

She said many children will now be able to benefit from this new system. Siebernick also said it makes it easier for school employees now that all students can eat together.


Young climate activists from at least 37 European countries have gathered this week in Switzerland for a five-day conference.

The “SMILE for Europe” summit wants to tackle how to better engage governments and citizens in the fight against climate change.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg is participating in the conference, just one of the many she will take part in over the next few months. Later in August, the Swedish 16-year-old will depart on a zero-carbon racing boat across the Atlantic to join the UN Climate Action Summit in New York.

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