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 Tanzania
The Goethe-Institut Tanzania was founded in 1962 and temporarily closed in March 1998. The re- opening took place on September 3, 2008, with GI President Prof. Dr. Klaus -Dieter Lehmann in the Botanical Garden (Dar es Salaam). While searching for a suitable property, an office in the French cultural institution Alliance Française de Dar es Salaam served as temporary accommodation.
Since November 11, 2008, the Goethe-Institut has rented the building of the former Polish Embassy in the Upanga district. This new institute building was officially opened by Guido Westerwelle, former German Foreign Minister of Germany, on April 6, 2010.
The Goethe-Institut Tanzania organizes and supports a broad spectrum of cultural events to present German culture abroad and to intercultural exchange.
Our language work offers language courses, workshops and seminars for teachers in the field of German as a foreign language and an extensive program of examinations.