Enthusiasm for Germany
Ten years ago, then Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier launched the Schools: Partners for the Future initiative (PASCH) to promote intercultural dialogue. The network now comprises over 1800 schools in around 120 countries and is a particularly effective long-term measure in the area of cultural relations and education policy. With the help of this worldwide network, the aim is to foster young people’s interest in the German language, society and culture. The PASCH mobile is setting out from the headquarters of the Goethe-Institut in Munich to mark the tenth anniversary. From 9 February to December 2018, it will present the worldwide network at over 30 locations in Germany. The initiative’s partners have planned many activities along the route. Anniversary events are also taking place in the PASCH countries with teachers, pupils, alumni and partners from the worlds of politics, business and academia.
PASCH: a network with a vision
Thanks to an international learning community, the PASCH schools are able to teach German as a foreign language across borders. This is therefore about much more than bilateral cooperation. German as a language of communication builds a bridge between young generations of different nationalities, thereby promoting openness, tolerance and interest in each other. The focus is on regions where there are traditional links to the German language, such as in Eastern Europe and the US, as well as on countries where demand for German language teaching has risen sharply, such as Asia and the Middle East. Exams at the schools range from A1 level to the German Language Certificate of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs to the German Abitur (higher education entrance qualification). The German Language Certificate of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs is a requirement for commencing a course of study in Germany. Pupils who become acquainted with the German language and culture through PASCH thus have the opportunity to study in Germany – ideally even with a full scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service. In many cases, attending a PASCH school also opens the door to attractive vocational courses at a German or European company in the region.
Five strong partners to ensure quality
PASCH’s partners include the Federal Office of Administration - Central Agency for Schools Abroad, the German Academic Exchange Service and the Educational Exchange Service of the Secretariat of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs. These institutions help participating schools to establish and continue to develop German as a school subject. The Federal Office of Administration - Central Agency for Schools Abroad, Educational Exchange Service and the Goethe-Institut are committed first and foremost to ensuring the high quality of the German language instruction. They organise teacher training courses, school development measures, school partnerships and work placement programmes. In addition, member schools have access to the expertise of local experts for teaching in the country.