Tasks and Targets

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 almost seventy 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.

The Goethe-Institut in Ethiopia

Goethe-Institut Addis Abeba
When the Goethe-Institut Addis Ababa was founded in 1962, It was one of the first branches established in Africa. An important task of the Institute is to promote cultural exchange between Germany, Ethiopia and Europe. In this, connection with that, the Goethe-Institut organizes and supports a broad range of cultural events to propagate German Culture and intensify cultural dialoge between the two countries with wide spectrum.

We are offering "German as a forign language" courses for adults and are the only Institute in Ethiopia to provide an internationally recognized certificate for German Language.

The information centre of the Goethe-Institut Addis Ababa serves as a resource for those interested in contemporary Germany, and for those interested in teaching and studying German as a foreign language. More than 4,000 books, videos, audio-cassettes, DVDs and CD-ROMs are available. In addition, we offer computers for access to the internet in Germany and an extensive on-line directory of relevant German websites.
Interview with Klaus-Dieter Lehmann and Carola Lentz
Interview with Klaus-Dieter Lehmann and Carola Lentz