Activities of the Goethe-Institut within the framework of the initiative “Schools: Partners for the Future”
- Supporting around 500 partner schools in 114 countries in which German language instruction is being established or expanded
- Sending 24 additional teaching experts especially for PASCH
- Training events for the partner schools’ German teachers (in the fields of language, methodology, pedagogy, and regional studies) in Germany and the host countries
- Courses abroad for teachers
- Courses for young people in Germany for pupils from the partner schools
- Holding more certificate examinations for the Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Fit in Deutsch 1 and Goethe-Zertifikat A2: Fit in Deutsch 2 as well as the Goethe-Zertifikat B1: Zertifikat Deutsch für Jugendliche
- Providing multimedia about the German language and German society and culture
- Technical equipment for schools for foreign language instruction
- Organizing music tours, theatre workshops, exhibitions, and other projects at the partner schools
To attract new schools for the partner school network and support them well, the Goethe-Institut has built up its presence where it is active: many extra positions have been established and so-called teaching experts hired. They have been the central coordinators for the partner schools since first being sent out into all the world by the Goethe-Institut in 2008. At the moment there are 24 teaching experts specifically for PASCH.
Pioneering work for PASCH
The central task was first to identify and choose the schools to be accepted into the network of the partner school initiative. This began in spring 2008. The selected schools offer either German language instruction which has already been recognized or will be aided in introducing and expanding instruction in German as a foreign language. According to their individual need, they will be assisted by GI staff and supported in many ways. In the long term there will thus be a global network in the partner schools.
A special emphasis is placed on language and pedagogical method training for teachers. Sometimes this takes place locally or through distance learning; sometimes there are scholarships for stays in Germany. Together with the schools, the teaching experts choose the pupils for the youth course scholarships that also lead to Germany. In order to prepare for the trip to Germany, the teaching experts conduct intercultural preparation meetings. Teaching experts work closely with the ministries of education and local authorities in the host country as well as the Federal Foreign Office’s missions abroad.
Many different tasks
The teaching experts are not only experts for German as a foreign language; they are also very knowledgeable about the region in which they work. Sometimes they are responsible for half a continent. The teaching experts also have many different responsibilities: they support networks of multipliers, organize training events, work on events promoting the German language and at cultural events for the pupils who are their target audience.
Goethe-Institut points of contact
Goethe-Institut e. V.
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Telefon: +49 (0) 89-15921-431
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