Events and Competitions

Sprachwettbewerb 2017 winners jump ©Goethe-Institut Namibia

National Language Competition 2022 a great success

On April 9, 2022, students from all over Namibia once again competed in the annual National German  Language Competition. The competition has been held since 1987 with the aim of promoting the acquisition and preservation of the German language. In addition to the oral examinations, the colorful program consisted of a puzzle game and live performances and was accompanied by the presenters from Hitradio. The five best examinees, Paula Swart, Kayla Diergaardt, Neyobi le Hané, Amani Mwakambeu and Levine Gauases each went home with a laptop and language course as the main prize. 

Once a year, over 70 learners compete in the national German as a Foreign Language Competition organised by the Goethe-Institut Namibia.
Due to the Covid situation, the national competition will be held in 2021 for the first time in an online format. The competition was established and initially organized by NaDS (Namibian-German Foundation for Cultural Cooperation), followed by the Goethe Zentrum and currently by the Goethe-Institut Namibia.
With the exception of this year, the five best learners win flights to Germany, where they have the opportunity to live with a host family and experience German culture first hand. Apart from the exams, there is always a colourful and cheerful programme of activities in German on this day, as well as a workshop or counselling session for the accompanying teachers.
German as a foreign language is taught in many Namibian schools. A total of 54 schools teach the German language, which is spoken by about 120 million people worldwide.

The prizes

The five to six best students in different categories receive a ticket to Germany. Three to four of these trips are combined with a language course, two with a four-week stay with host families. Each participant in the oral exam will receive a small prize!  Unfortunately, due to Covid, no flight prizes can be awarded this year, but attractive prizes in kind can be awarded.

Who can participate and who can’t?

All learners having chosen “German as a Foreign Language” as a subject at school can enter the competition. The selection and participation of learners in the competition is done within the schools.
  • Pupils, whose parents are native German speakers, who benefited from the support of German mother tongue speakers in an institution like the kindergarten and who stayed more than 6 weeks in a German speaking country can’t take part in the competition.  

The competition groups

The competition divides learners into 9 test groups, according to their Grade and how many hours they spend learning the German language per week.

Further details regarding the number of participants per school and the duration and content of tests in the competition, are communicated to the schools and accordingly to the German teachers after registration for the competition.


Alumni Treffen 2022

Goethe-Institut Namibia invited PASCH-Alumni to a networking event on 20 May 2020. It was the first time for many German learners to meet up again since they had travelled to Germany through diverse programs of Goethe-Institut. The evening was spent playing communication games to freshen up the language skills and learning all there is to know about studying in Germany, thanks to a presentation by the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst).

  • Alumni Event 2022 ©Goethe-Institut Namibia

    Alumni event 2022

  • Alumni event 2022 Goethe-Institut Namibia

    Alumni event 2022

  • Alumni Event 2022 ©Goethe-Institut Namibia

    Alumni event 2022