Foreign Minister Steinmeier on the signing of a joint declaration on promoting the German language in India

05.10.2015 - Press release

Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement today (5 October) after a joint declaration on the promotion of German in India was signed in the context of the third German‑Indian intergovernmental consultations:

Interest in the German language has grown a lot in India in recent years, with as many as 78,000 pupils at India’s Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan schools learning German as part of the German at 1000 Schools programme last year. I am pleased that we reached agreement today on continuing this successful programme. This is good news in particular for the many Indian pupils who are already learning German with great enthusiasm. During my previous visits to India, I was able to see for myself how much they enjoy learning German.

A joint declaration on promoting the German language was signed in New Delhi on 5 October as part of the third German‑Indian intergovernmental consultations.

In it, both sides express their support for the Goethe‑Institut’s work with the Indian state schools association KVS. In the future, it will be possible to continue teaching German as an additional foreign language in KVS schools. This means that the successful project German at 1000 Schools, which was launched in 2011, can be continued.

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