On 20 November 2018, the AGDS (an Association supporting German School Societies in Namibia) and the German Ambassador Christian Schlaga met with students from different Namibian schools who are leaving on a student exchange to Germany. This year’s exchange was financially supported by the Embassy with 23.714,50 N$. Through this, the German Embassy supports the goal of the programme: improving the language skills of the students and allowing them to get to know German culture.
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 8 to 12 week stays for Namibian youths during the Namibian summer break in Germany for many years. The 6 students will be accommodated in German host 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 host 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.