Mærsk family gives one billion kroner to schools

The A.P. Møller Fund will fund projects that support teacher training and the development of new teaching methods

Projects to improve teaching in Danish schools can apply for support from a one billion kroner donation that has been set aside by the A.P. Møller Fund.

On its website, the fund states that it is looking to support the further education and professional development of teachers as well as projects that develop new teaching methods and aids.

“A successful schooling in which students learn as much as possible is central to the health of both individual children and Denmark as a whole," the fund's chairperson, Ane Mærsk Mc-Kinney Ugla, stated in a press release.

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A welcome donation
The application process for the funds will be ready by February 2014 at which point local councils and organisations can apply for funding – the money is expected to be used by 2020.

PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt (Socialdemokraterne) welcomed the donation.

“I am very pleased the A.P. Møller Fund will contribute to developing the Danish school system with this large donation,” Thorning-Schmidt wrote in a press release. “[Danish public schools] are of vital importance for the opportunities that our children and young people have later in life.”

The donation was made to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the shipping magnate Maersk Mc.Kinney Møller, who died last year aged 98.