Students and teachers from India meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed the Indian students and teachers on 10th July to the German Chancellory. This meeting, followed by a reception hosted by the Chancellor, was the highlight of the programme for the winners of the online competition 'Startup with German' held earlier this year by the Goethe Institut Max Mueller Bhavan.
The scholarship project 'Startup with German' was initiated by the German Embassy and has been funded by the German Government with the Indira Gandhi Prize money, which was awarded to the Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Out of around 400 participants from all over India, 31 German learners and 4 teachers won a fully paid scholarship for 3 to 4 weeks language programmes at the Goethe Institute in Dresden and Berlin respectively. To reach out to a wide audience across the length and breadth of the country a special website – www.startupwithgerman.com was also developed.
The project was carried out in close cooperation with the German Embassy New Delhi, Indo German Teachers Association (InDaF), Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
German is one of the favourite subjects when it comes to foreign languages. It is being taught in schools in India under the flagship programme Pasch initivative 'Schools: Partners for the Future'.
The initiative was launched by the Federal Foreign Office in 2008, which 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.
Later, the project “German in 1000 Schools” was initiated by the Goethe-Institut in close cooperation with the Kendriya Vidyalayas - a chain of government schools with an excellent academic reputation, where German is offered as an additional subject. Enlarge image Chancellor Angela Merkel with indian students (© Patrick Protz)
Also many other schools in India are offering German as a foreign language in their curriculum in cooperation with the Goethe Institut Max Mueller Bhavan.