The Schools: Partners for the Future (PASCH) initiative is a global network of schools that teach German. PASCH is supported by the Federal Foreign Office and is this year celebrating its tenth anniversary.
Networking between these pupils and Germany does not end when they receive their diplomas, as the Federal Foreign Office event on 12 October proved. Already in June, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas had underscored the importance that Germany attaches to the initiative: “PASCH’s recipe for success is the creation of networks – meaning there is now an up and coming generation of PASCH alumni who may well have had close contact with German and Germany all the way through their education, from kindergarten to university.”
German university fellowships
The event was held in the context of the tenth German Academic Exchange Service orientation seminar for 112 new fellows from 39 countries who will this year take up their studies in Germany.
With support from the Federal Foreign Office, the DAAD provides annual fellowships to outstanding graduates of PASCH schools abroad. The aim is to maintain pupils’ ties with Germany as they leave secondary school and continue their education, so they can later act as multipliers in the spheres of science, culture, politics and business.
During a panel discussion with Member of the German Bundestag Ulla Schmidt, alumni talked about their expectations, ideas and plans for their university studies in Germany.
Award ceremony for PASCH Alumni Projects of the Year 2018
Another highlight was the presentation of awards for particularly notable social projects of PASCH alumni. The idea was to identify and promote creative community projects that support networking among alumni and transnational civic engagement.
Awards went to an environmental protection project of alumni in Russia and Mongolia that consists of preparing pedagogical material to help raise environmental awareness focussing on a lake in Mongolia; a project of alumni in Cameroon that will provide children and youth holiday programmes highlighting cultural education; and a project of Alumni from Peru that will support indigenous youths in the Amazon region in their efforts to strengthen their cultural identity and explore and develop various economic activities that they could become engaged in.
Each of these teams was awarded 2000 euros, which will help them implement their projects.