On 27 October 2018, students and teachers from the different PASCH schools in Namibia met at the Delta Secondary School to celebrate ten years of PASCH as well as the German language in Namibia.
PASCH stands for the “Schools: Partners for the Future”-Programme. This German programme of international educational cooperation between schools was established by then German Foreign Minister and present Federal President Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier. It aims to build up a world-wide network of partner schools and to awaken young people’s interest and enthusiasm for modern-day Germany as well as to provide material support to those schools.
Currently, eight Namibian schools and 2000 schools worldwide are partners in the PASCH-Programme. In 2018, Etosha Secondary School joined the network as 8th PASCH school in Namibia.
In order to celebrate this anniversary, students from the PASCH schools met at the Delta Secondary School in Windhoek – one of the first PASCH schools in Namibia – on Saturday to celebrate, and to present their experiences with the PASCH-Programme.
During the two-hour long programme, the students showcased their diverse array of talents, such as playing the national anthems of Namibia and Germany as rock covers or presenting German songs (Delta Secondary School). Other students also sang songs as well as provided an overview of their participation in the PASCH programmes (Martin Luther High School), performed self-composed German poetry (Windhoek High School and Otjiwarongo Secondary School) as well as comedy acts (Namib High School).
Ellen Gölz, Deputy Head of Misison of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, emphasized that the expansion of the PASCH-Network in Namibia shows the increasing popularity and demand for German as a Foreign Language in Namibia and congratulated the young people on the enthusiasm and hard work they were presenting on stage.
Corinna Burth, PASCH Coordinator at the Goethe-Institut Namibia, provided a fitting closing overview over 10 Years of PASCH in Namibia as well as providing some PASCH-themed gifts for the participating students.
The event was supported by the Federal Foreign Office and organised by Delta Secondary School. We thank all the organisers as well as the students who made this a great evening!