Schools: Partners for the Future

1500 German partner schools

The initiative “Schools: Partners for the Future” (PASCH) was started up in 2008 by the Federal Foreign Office, with the objective of establishing a worldwide network of partner schools, having a special engagement with Germany. Since then it is jointly implemented by the Goethe-Institut (GI), the Central Office for Schools Abroad (ZfA), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Pedagogical Exchange Service (PAD). Till now a network of 1500 Partner-Schools has already been established worldwide.

The aim of PASCH was to establish a worldwide network of Partner-Schools, which particularly promoted Leaning German as a foreign Language, through which enthusiasm for the German language and modern Germany could be awakened. After a period of 3 years the network of Partner Schools was complete: 1500 Schools in over 110 countries are a part of the PASCH-Network worldwide and have become official Partner-Schools of the Federal Republic of Germany. Meanwhile they constitute together a worldwide learning community.

The Goethe-Institut guides and supports around 500 Pasch-Schools in over 110 countries. Teaching experts (ExUs) in particular, are the direct contact persons for PASCH-Schools and Ministries of Education, whose areas of responsibility extend also to various other countries. To further the interest of school children in Germany and the German language and to improve the quality of the German classes, various efficient measures have been taken by the Goethe-Instituts overseas.

After providing assistance in supplying classrooms with updated teaching material for the German class, the advanced training of the German teaching staff in keeping with their respective needs, is one of the most important tasks of the Goethe-Institut. National and transnational youth camps are organised for PASCH-students, through which German learners get an opportunity to learn about different PASCH-Schools and to use and practice German as a mean of communication. Interest in the German language and Germany is also awakened through workshops on music, concerts or German theatre. The students get to learn about Germany as an economic as well as a location for education through company-tours or events on the topic/subject of ‘’Studies in Germany’’.

An especially great incentive to learn German is a trip to Germany: Around 5000 German learners from PASCH-Schools, guided by the Goethe-Institut, have taken part in the international PASCH Youth-courses in Germany with the help of a scholarship, from the years 2008 to 2011. 1800 German teaching staff was also already trained by the Goethe-Institut. The institute offers a special training, of an advanced nature for the PASCH-German teaching staff, having less teaching experience, along with language courses, regional/cultural seminars as well as seminars on Methodology-Didactics at all language levels. Politically a very effective measure is the implementation of PASCH-Principal’s conferences at a national and transnational level: The specialized exchange at the level of leadership strengthens the role of German as a foreign language (in some cases a third language) in class and connects the PASCH-Schools with one another in the long term. PASCH-informational tours through Germany for School Principals and Education Ministers, which are organized together with the Visitors Program of the Goethe-Institut, contribute likewise towards further establishment of German as a foreign language.

“Schools: Partners for the Future”- An initiative of the Federal Foreign Office, in cooperation with the Central Office for Schools Abroad(ZfA), the Goethe-Institut (GI), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Pedagogical Exchange Service (PAD) of the standing conference of the ministers of education and cultural Affairs

The Goethe-Institut’s role within the framework of PASCH
Within the framework of PASCH, the Goethe-Institut promotes German classes in around 500 PASCH-Schools, in the national education systems of roughly 110 countries and awakens the interest of students for Germany and the German language. The following measures are taken to achieve the above:-

  • Deployment of Experts for German Class (ExU), who are especially active for the benefit of PASCH and can directly guide and advise the schools.
  • Language courses and advanced training for German teaching staff of PASCH-Schools in the sphere of Methodology, Didactics and regional/cultural studies in Germany and host countries.
  • Youth courses in Germany and in host countries for students of PASCH schools.
  • Implementation of exams for youths by the Goethe-Institut
  • Provision of updated teaching material and technical equipment of schools for German classes
  • Implementation of projects connected with music, theatre and other cultural and networking projects in schools.
  • Execution of national and transnational Principal’s conferences.
  • Execution of informational tours through Germany for Principals, Ministry Officials and trainers.

“Schools: Partners for the Future” (PASCH)

This initiative wants to arouse interest and enthusiasm for contemporary Germany among youths all over the world.