Tasks and Targets

Sprache. Kultur. Deutschland.

The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach.

We promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation. We convey a comprehensive image of Germany by providing information about cultural, social and political life in our nation. Our cultural and educational programmes encourage intercultural dialogue and enable cultural involvement. They strengthen the development of structures in civil society and foster worldwide mobility.

With our network of Goethe-Instituts, Goethe Centres, cultural societies, reading rooms and exam and language learning centres, we have been the first point of contact for many with Germany for over sixty years. Our long-lasting partnerships with leading institutions and individuals in over ninety countries create enduring trust in Germany. We are partners for all who actively engage with Germany and its culture, working independently and without political ties.

 Außenansicht, Eingangsbereich Photo: Sangar matin

The Goethe-Institut in Afghanistan

In September 2003 the Goethe-Institut, celebrating its reopening after more than 12 years of closure, moved into its new domicile, the old embassy of the GDR, in the centre of Kabul.

Based on the traditionally good relations between Afghanistan and Germany the Goethe-Institut makes its contribution to sustainable rebuilding of the Afghan culture and promotes cultural exchange between the two countries.The demand for German courses is currently very high. Since there are only few educated teachers in the country, the main focus lies on education of future teachers in the Goethe-Institut and the University of Kabul.

Some of the rooms in the outbuilding serve as ateliers for young creative artists since the reopening. The garden was redesigned in 2009 and contributes to making the Goethe-Insitut a warm and open space for exchange and encounter.