Initiative „Schools: Partners for the Future“ (PASCH)

In February 2008 the Federal Foreign Office launched the initiative “Schools: Partners for the Future” (PASCH). It has been instrumental in creating a global network of 1500 partner schools with special links to Germany.

The aim of the initiative is to not only strengthen German language teaching in these schools but also to arouse and sustain young people’s enthusiasm for modern-day Germany and the German language, thereby opening new educational and career opportunities.

The Federal Foreign Office coordinates the PASCH initiative, and it is implemented by the Goethe-Institut in cooperation with the Central Agency for Schools Abroad, the Goethe-Institut, the Educational Exchange Service of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Academic Exchange Service.

The initiative supports these schools with a broad range of services towards strengthening German language classes, including training and mentoring programmes for the teachers as well as wide range of programmes and projects for the students with a view to encouraging an active interest in and a dialogue with Germany. Such programmes include youth Camps, competitions, exhibitions, youth film festivals, music tours, intercultural workshops and projects.

For German language teachers and principals of the PASCH schools we offer a varied professional development programme in India and in Germany. For high-performing stuidents we have an attractive scholarship programme to attend special language youth camps in Germany.

 Glimpses of a recent project for school students organised by Goethe-Institut Mumbai