The programme, which is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office, commences on 23rd June and honors the participant´s continuous efforts in learning German. An official from the Culture Department of the German Embassy was present at the airport to see off the students and congratulate them on their selection for the prestigious programme. The official also encouraged them for further German language training and higher education in Germany.
The German Embassy values this distinguished programme especially designed for the pupils learning German abroad. The Cultural Counsellor, Dietrich Graf v. d. Schulenburg assured his continuous support to this programme: “PAD’s International Award Pr
ogramme connects people and allows countries and cultures to grow together”.
The International Award Programme allows the awardees to spend four weeks in Germany. Out of which, two weeks are spent with German host families and the students visit a German school. This exposure gives them an opportunity to closely live up the life of a German school student. Furthermore, the remaining two weeks will be spent visiting the cities of Bonn, Cologne, Berlin and Munich. In addition, they will also have the chance to visit youth and sports events, a German University, museums and other cultural institutions, as well as cultural activities during their stay.
The International Scholarship Programme aims at promoting the education of foreign pupils in the German language and grants scholarships to school students worldwide. Every year, around 450 participants from about 90 countries are selected for this study visit on the basis of their outstanding performance in German language. The selection of the Indian students was carried out by the Goethe Institute Max Mueller Bhavan and the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA).
The Pedagogical Exchange Service is the sole public organisation in Germany working on behalf of the Federal States to promote international exchange and cooperation in the school sector. The PAD is a department of the Secretariat of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (Kultusministerkonferenz).
School exchanges have an extremely positive impact on the quality of learning and offer conducive environment for better understanding of a different culture. With participation in exchanges and other such programmes, individuals greatly develop their technical, linguistic and intercultural, as well as their personal skills.