PASCH Lust for life

At the PASCH youth camp in Manaus on the Amazon and on the Rio Negro, 55 pupils from ten South American countries learned German together.
At the PASCH youth camp in Manaus on the Amazon and on the Rio Negro, 55 pupils from ten South American countries learned German together. | © Luiza Folegati

The initiative “Schulen: Partner der Zukunft” (Schools: Partners for the Future) or PASCH comprises 1,820 schools around the world that teach German. The Goethe-Institut supports 587 of them. Four alumni from Central Eastern Europe report about what they took away from it. One discovered his love of theatre and another went to Marburg to study neurobiology. You can find this and other articles in our Jahrbuch 2015/2016. For download see goethe.de/publikationen.


“I found my best friend”

Sigrid Muinasmaa Sigrid Muinasmaa | © Nelly Küfner “The school newspaper, the youth course ... I took part in a lot of PASCH projects. At the 2013 youth course in Schlitz, I met Sherine from Egypt. We’ve been best friends ever since and skype at least once a month. She lives in Cairo. Next year we want to take a trip around Europe together. We started a WhatsApp group with the other participants where we discuss politics and of course everything we are doing.”



Sigrid Muinasmaa, 20, from Estonia, is studying Japanese and culture in Tallinn


“I want to become a diplomat”

Kristóf Antal Kristóf Antal | © Nelly Küfner “Of course, PASCH changed my view of Germany. I wrote a great deal for the PASCH school newspaper, for example a report about the Goethe Cinema. My former school rents a small cinema where we watch German films. Now, I’m also writing term papers and doing presentations in German at university. I’m studying for my Master’s degree in international relations at a German-language university in Budapest and want to become a diplomat.”



Kristóf Antal, 23, from Hungary, is studying international relations in Budapest


“I want to become an actor”

Dominik Chojnacki Dominik Chojnacki | © Nelly Küfner “I acted in the theatre in Germany with PASCH: new, crazy interpretations of Grimms’ fairy tales. It suited me very well and I began to get more and more interested in theatre. I’d like most of all to study acting at an academy in Poland. I still talk with friends of mine from Hungary and Poland about memories of our time together in PASCH.”



Dominik Chojnacki, 19, is a student from Poland.


“I'm studying biology in Germany”

Augustina Gabrilavičiūtė Augustina Gabrilavičiūtė | © Nelly Küfner “In 2008, I received a scholarship for a PASCH youth course in Thuringia. I spent three weeks there learning with other young people from more than ten countries. My German improved a lot and I got the idea of studying in Marburg. I wanted to learn how the brain works; my professors are world famous biologists. Now, I’m continuing as a PASCH alumna and tell the kids at my old school in Vilnius about my studies. When I complete my Master’s, I want to move to Berlin.”


Augustina Gabrilavičiūtė, 23, from Lithuania, is studying molecular neurobiology.  

 

"Pasch is an excellent project that reaches over 1,800 schools. However, there are 95,000 schools around the world that teach German. Many who later come to Germany to study have their first contact with Germany in school. That is why we cannot come to a halt with PASCH, but have to extend our reach more with programmes for teachers, publicity for German and curriculum consulting.”

Johannes Ebert, Secretary-General, at the opening discussion of the forum "Menschen bewegen“ at the Federal Foreign Office on 13.04.2016.