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PASCH Initiative

The PASCH initiative is a global network of more than 2.000 schools in 120 countries that maintains a close relationship to both, Germany and the German language. The Goethe-Institut supports around 670 schools in promoting knowledge of the German language abroad. In the US, a total of 13 public schools are supported by the Goethe-Institut as part of the PASCH-initiative. The students and teachers actively participate in local and global activities and are thus part of the worldwide PASCH family.

Click here for the world map of all PASCH schools
PASCH is organized according to four guiding principles:
  • prospects through education,
  • broadened horizons through multilingualism,
  • access to language and education and
  • joint tackling of future problems as an international community of learners

Goals of PASCH

The initiative is designed to arouse and sustain young people’s interest in and enthusiasm for modern-day Germany, German society and the German language. A global network of partner schools of the Federal Republic of Germany is being created; the schools become part of an international community of learners through shared activities and exchange. 

PASCH offers attractive training courses that help give pupils and teachers qualifications that will serve them well in the longer term, thereby building upon the skills that the young people will need to study in Germany and in their later professional lives. It additionally aims to establish lively and long-lasting ties to Germany and to encourage schools, teachers and pupils to share their thoughts and ideas openly with one another and to work together. Furthermore, PASCH is linked to other foreign cultural relations and educational policy initiatives such as the “Kulturweit” voluntary service.
The PASCH initiative ("Schools: Partners for the Future“)   was founded in February 2008 by the German Federal Foreign Affairs Office. PASCH facilitates a global network of more than 2000 schools that maintain a close relationship to Germany and the German language. The Goethe-Institut supports over 600 schools in the national education systems of over 100 countries.

The initiative is coordinated by the Federal Foreign Office and implemented in cooperation with the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA), the Goethe-Institut, the German Academic Exchange Service and 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.

The network of German schools abroad and schools offering the German Language Certificate is being strengthened. Furthermore, cooperation with schools is being stepped up with a view to anchoring German as a foreign language more firmly within national education systems. In addition, scholarships for pursuing a course of study in Germany and opportunities for school exchanges and twinning programmes are made available.
The Goethe-Institut helps the more than 550 schools it supports to include or expand German teaching on their curricula. It offers teachers further training in pedagogical methods and language courses, and equips schools with modern multimedia-friendly teaching, learning and cultural studies materials. Within the framework of the initiative, the Goethe-Institut has additionally sent teaching experts out to assist the partner schools around the world. Youth programmes are run in Germany for pupils from participating schools, allowing them to improve their language proficiency, develop their intercultural skills and experience Germany and its culture at first hand.

PASCH projects

PASCHtopia © Goethe-Institut Chicago


Learn more about the virtual game for German learners "PASCHtopia", which was developed in North America in 2020 and successfully piloted with student groups of a virtual PASCH camp!

Hal Boland © Goethe-Institut

Exchange at the PASCH Camp

Hal Boland presents how much he, his colleagues and his students benefitted from meeting students from all over the US at the PASCH Camp in Colorado.

Maggie Wachtl © Goethe-Institut

Bridges and Networking

Maggie Wachtl, Robert Hoyle, and Josef Neumayer speak about the fruitful results of networking and learning about different approaches through PASCH.

PASCH-net - the PASCH initiative website

PASCH.net - the website

PASCH-net, where the international PASCH community meets up online, connects roughly 2,000 schools and 600,000 PASCH pupils worldwide.

The website provides information about the participating institutions and their activities worldwide. An interactive world map provides an overview of the network of participating schools: each school can post a brief profile on the site. Some active participants present their projects and useful practical tips. PASCH-net also provides information about the international PASCH Youth Courses in Germany and about funding for school twinning.

Click here to get to the PASCH-net website.
Most offers on our website are accessible to the general public. Only PASCH users who wish to post comments or take part in our contests or communities on PASCH-net or in our Learning Platform must sign up once and can subsequently log in with their e-mail address and password. Registered PASCH teachers can create registration codes needed for signing up for colleagues and pupils at their PASCH school.

FAQ about PASCH Initiative and registration

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