German language day at the coast


08 June 2018 | Local News

Leandrea Louw - Private School Swakopmund (PSS) will hosts the Day of the German Language, set to take place on 15 June.

The Day of the German Language is hosted every two years at a Namibian school, under the Goethe-Institut Namibia and the German embassy. This year’s slogan is ‘Deutsch verbindet’ (German connects) and the festivities will start at 09:00 and will last until 17:00.

The event aims to increase interest in German as a foreign language as well as highlighting the opportunities that knowledge of the language provides. According to the Goethe-Institut of Namibia, understanding or speaking the language provides opportunities to study or do vocational training in Germany. It also serves for better communication when travelling abroad, as German is one of in the top ten most spoken languages around the world.

This year’s Day of the German Language coincides with PSS officially becoming part of the global network Pasch, which is the Schools: Partners for the Future, under the umbrella of the Goethe-Institut Namibia. PSS will become one of the seven Pasch schools that will benefit from skills and infrastructural development from the Federal Foreign Office.

Pasch offers training courses that help give pupils and teachers qualifications that will serve them well in the longer term, thereby building upon the skills that the young people will need to study in Germany and in their later professional lives. It also aims to establish lively and long-lasting ties with Germany and to encourage schools, teachers and pupils to share their thoughts and ideas openly with one another and to work together. The initiative is linked to other foreign cultural relations and educational policy initiatives such as the “Kulturweit” voluntary service.

PSS applied two years ago to become a member of the Pasch network. The school had to write an application, introduce and explain what it does in essays and pictures.

In July 2017 they received an email from the Goethe-Institut Windhoek informing them the Goethe-Institut headquarters in Germany together with the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany will enable the admission of 29 new Pasch schools worldwide in 2017.

Applications for the appointment of the Private School Swakopmund as well as the Otjiwarongo Secondary School for the Pasch - Fit School were both granted.

The Pasch initiative was launched in February 2008 by Germany’s Federal Foreign Office, and is a initiative that creates a global network of more than 2 000 schools worldwide with paricular ties to Germany.

The official entry into the partnership will take place on 15 June at 11:00, as part of a formal ceremony.

The German ambassador to Namibia, Christian Schlaga, and the director of the Goethe-Institut Namibia, Daniel Stoevesandt, are expected to attend the event.

Currently 50 schools in Namibia offer German as a foreign language, while 11 schools, 5 of them which are secondary schools, offer courses in German as a mother tongue language. PSS offers German as a foreign language and mother tongue from Grade 1 to 12.

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