On 15 November 2017, the Association of German School Societies in Namibia (AGDS) and the German Ambassador Christian Schlaga saw off students from different Namibian schools who were leaving on a student exchange to Germany. This year’s exchange was financially supported by the Embassy to the tune of 31.955,00 N$. This especially helps young people whose parents would not be able to afford the exchange otherwise.
Ambassador Schlaga: “Open your eyes, open your minds and just go!”
In his speech, Ambassador Schlaga commended the young people on taking their hearts into their hands and going to a completely new country and environment. He encouraged the students to open their eyes and minds during this adventure.
The AGDS, together with the Association for German Cultural Relations Abroad (VDA), has been organising a 10 to 12 week stay for Namibian youth during the Namibian summer break in Germany for many years. The 10 students will be accommodated in German guest families, visit the schools of their partner children and thus get to know daily German life. They will also convey Namibian culture and lifestyle to their German friends.
In return, the guest children from Germany will spend 6 to 8 weeks in Namibia during their summer holidays to also get to know the people and the country. The student exchange has been financially and logistically supported by the German Embassy for many years.