German Teachers' Conference in New Delhi
More than 200 German teachers from different schools across North India participated in the German Teachers’ Conference on 8th and 9th July in New Delhi. The meeting was organised by the Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan at The Lalit Hotel. Enlarge image The conference was well attended (© Goethe Institut)
The teachers were welcomed by the Head of the Cultural Section, Dietrich Graf von der Schulenburg, who expressed his appreciation for engagement and motivation among the participating teachers and how they bring in their experience and knowledge into teaching with great success.
The popularity of the language has grown significantly since the launch of the Pasch Initiative in 2008. In continuation of this programme, the project “German in 1000 Schools” of the Goethe-Institut was initiated later in close cooperation with the Kendriya Vidyalayas - a chain of government schools with an excellent academic reputation, where German is offered now as an additional subject. Enlarge image Speech therapy exercises at the conference (© Goethe Institut)
The Counsellor also emphasized the success of the project “Startup with German”, organised by the Goethe Institute. The project was jointly launched in cooperation with the German Embassy earlier this year and financed by the German Government. The project targeted pupils between 12 and 14 learning German in Indian schools and German teachers. The entire project “Startup with German” has been funded by the “Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development” money, which was awarded by the Indian Government to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Currently, the winners of the competition “Startup with German” (31 German learners and 4 teachers) are in Germany for a 3 to 4 weeks language programme at the Goethe Institute in Dresden and Berlin. As a highlight, they met the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.
The conference was also attended by experts from Germany and India, who delivered lectures and also held workshops on teaching specific topics like pronunciation and speaking German in class, creative writing etc. Competitions and a lucky draw were held and winners were awarded with scholarships to Germany and other places in India and abroad.