“Schools: Partners for the Future” is an initiative of the Federal Foreign Office. It aims to build and develop a network of partner schools worldwide in order to encourage young people to take an interest in Germany and give children access to German language and education.
Education creates prospects – multilingualism opens new horizons. Openness to cultural diversity and tolerance towards other people's distinctiveness are not mutually exclusive. The earlier, the students realize that they are an international learning community, the more capable they will be of solving the shared global challenges. The partner schools in India and Germany are slated for contributing towards this very goal.
The “Schools: Partners for the Future” (PASCH) initiative creates a global network of more than 2,000 PASCH schools with particular ties to Germany. The Goethe-Institut supports around 600 PASCH schools in the national education systems of over 100 countries. The networks of German schools abroad and schools offering the German Language Certificate will be strengthened and extended. In addition, cooperation between schools is being expanded to anchor German as a foreign language more firmly in national education systems, in order to develop fruitful and long-lasting ties with Germany and inspire schools, their teachers and students to enjoy an open exchange of views and engage in cooperation.
That is why the German Foreign Office has initiated the project “Schools: Partners for the future”. In India, there are currently 50 schools participating in the initiative including the German schools in India. The Pasch network includes the German School in New Delhi and DSB International School in Mumbai, which are supported by the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA).
The selected Indian schools become members of the global network. Their teachers are trained and provided refresher courses for teaching German as a Foreign Language, as well as teaching materials. Exchange programmes for teachers and students between the Indian and German partner schools are suggested not only to enhance the language skills but also for overall educational benefits.