VITAMINT EXCHANGE- GERMAN/SOUTH ASIAN MINT-SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS
Digital development and promotion of STEM subjects is an important topic in Germany and also at PASCH schools abroad. PASCH promotes educational pathways in the German language, provides impulses for the future and supports students on their way to university, to a career in Germany. Against this background, the promotion of STEM subjects and digitality and the proximity to the economy is of decisive importance not only for PASCH pupils and their career paths, but also in view of the lack of STEM specialists on the German labour market.
On the initiative of the Goethe-Institut New Delhi in cooperation with the association "MINT Zukunft schaffen" (Creating the Future with MINT), 30 new school partnerships have been established in the last four months.
The PAD, a department in the KMK secretariat and partner of the PASCH initiative, and on the other hand as a representative of the institution that is patron of "MINT Zukunft schaffen", supports the project, as it is responsible for schools in Germany due to its federal competences.
The aim of the cooperation is to jointly promote the topic of STEM and digitality at schools and to create youth encounters within the framework of student exchanges in which pupils from South Asia and Germany work together on various tasks in this field. The exchange is initially planned in digital form and later on analogue students exchanges or encounters in youth camps are to be made possible. In this way, pupils from SAS and Germany can learn from each other at different levels. On the one hand there is the social and intercultural aspect, on the other hand there is the linguistic aspect. The focus is on the exchange on STEM.
Two online conferences were held at the end of August with a total of over 230 registrations. Here school principals, German and MINT teachers from Germany and South Asia were able to meet virtually for the first time and exchange initial ideas on MINT-based project work.
During the event, the participating schools not only received suggestions for future projects, but also information on possible communication platforms and support possibilities through the PAD.