Events and Competitions

2017 Sprachwettbewerb für namibische Schüler winners © Goethe-Institut Namibia

Language Competition for ​Namibian Learners

Over 100 learners from schools across Namibia every year compete in the German as a Foreign Language Competition of the Goethe-Institut Namibia on the second weekend of September.

The nationwide competition is in 2017 held for the 30th consecutive year after being facilitated by the NaDS (Namibian-German Foundation for Cultural Cooperation), later by the Goethe Centre Windhoek and as from now on by the Goethe-Institut Namibia.

Competed for every year are flights to Germany for the five best learners, who will have the opportunity to stay with families in that country, with all living expenses paid and to experience the culture of Germany first-hand.

German as a Foreign Language is taught in many Namibian schools, with about 10 000 primary and secondary scholars engaging in the language that is spoken by about 120 million people worldwide. About 54 schools participate in this competition by entering the best German as Foreign Language (DaF) learners from Grade 7 to 11 for the written and oral examinations.

The prizes

Competition finalists (5 to 6) in 2017 are to receive the grand prize of the trip to Germany, courtesy of various sponsors. Three of the flights to Germany are sponsored by the PAD (Pädagogischer Austauschdienst) through the Federal Republic of German´s Embassy to Namibia, and two by the DNG (Deutsch-Namibische Gesellschaft e.V.). About four of the trips involve a language course in Germany and about two involve the stay with a family for four weeks.

The sponsors

We would like to thank the many sponsors that have supported the language competition over the years.

Deutsch - Namibische Gesellschaft         
Pädagogischer Austauschdienst

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. 
  • 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.