PASCH: Education creates prospects – multilingualism opens horizons
Pupils of the German School at Jakarta
A global network of schools is being built through the PASCH partner school initiative. Pupils at these schools are not just given the opportunity to learn German and enjoy German education. This cultural relations initiative is designed to arouse a lasting interest in modern-day Germany and the German language in young people – especially in the priority regions of Asia, the Middle East and Central and Eastern Europe.
The Federal Foreign Office is responsible for coordinating PASCH, which is being implemented in cooperation with the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA), the Goethe-Institut (GI), the Educational Exchange Service of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (PAD) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Between 2008 and 2011, the German Bundestag made a total of 204 million euros available for the implementation of the initiative. The sum of 47 million euros has been provided for 2012.
PASCH five years on – a positive assessment
The partner schools initiative has been quite a success: the network includes about 1500 schools, over 1000 more than in 2008. Twenty-three German Schools abroad have joined, 430 additional schools are introducing the German language diploma, and another 518 new members of the network are introducing German as a foreign language or expanding their teaching of German.
The success of the PASCH initiative highlights the increased interest in Germany and the great demand for German. Learning from and about one another and the exchange about common interests strengthens both the PASCH initiative and the learning community. The positive way in which the initiative has been received also makes plain that PASCH is providing the schools with a high-quality programme. This means that, even apart from language classes, school development is improved and the sphere of education strengthened, above all in the priority and growth regions as well as in countries benefiting from development cooperation (ODA countries).
Pupils of the German School at Abu Dhabi
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Whereas the priority between 2008 and 2010 was to build up the network of partner schools, the focus since then has been on improving the quality of teaching, networking the PASCH schools with each other and with schools in Germany, and strengthening the link between school and higher education or the world of work.
What 2013 holds in store for PASCH
In 2013 it will again be a matter of consolidating the network, making it sustainable and ensuring the German language is promoted. The networking between schools is to be further strengthened and lessons are to be continuously improved. The initiative’s partners have developed a series of measures to breathe life into the network, to improve it and to shape it for the future.
The Internet platform of the initiative (www.pasch-net.de) is a particularly important instrument to promote networking and communication for pupils and teachers. Alongside many interactive elements to improve knowledge of the German language, there are also games and international competitions for pupils. Teachers can practise highly modern digital lessons on the learning platform, find out more about methodology and didactics and read tips on how to improve their German lessons and make them more innovative.
PASCH is an ongoing success story. The aim is to extend the PASCH network from the current 1520 schools to 1800 by the end of 2013, and to a total of 2000 by the end of 2014.
German companies are also to be involved more in PASCH as they themselves ultimately benefit from the initiative. Only if they commit themselves to the initiative can it reach its full potential. There are many different ways in which companies can support their future partners: through scholarships or placements, equipment aid for schools or by supporting individual projects. The sky is the limit!
Last updated 27.11.2012