Delhi government’s schools to teach German language to students
To prepare students for a professional life in an increasingly globalised world, Delhi Government’s Delhi Board of School Education (DBSE) signed MoU with Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, a non-profit German cultural association operational worldwide to promote German language. The MoU was signed in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia and Ambassador of Germany to India Walter J Lindner.
Speaking on the occasion Sisodia said: “As a part of the Kejriwal Government’s programme to introduce a prominent global language in government schools, German is one of the first languages that students will learn. Learning a global language is not just the acquisition of a skill but also an association with the culture of a particular country. This partnership with Goethe Institut Max Mueller Bhavan will open many new jobs as well as academic opportunities for students of Delhi government schools in future.”
German Ambassador to India Walter J Lindner said: “This linguistic partnership with Delhi government will open new horizons to culture, art, education and many other partnerships in future. Learning German will open routes to job opportunities for Delhi government school students in many EU countries, not just Germany.”
Others present at the event were Dr Berthhold Frank, Regional Director (South Asia), Goethe Institut / MaxMueller Bhavan, Director of Education and Chairman Executive Council DBSE Himanshu Gupta, Director SCERT Rajneesh Kumar, and Principal Advisor to Director Education Shailendra Sharma.
In the pilot phase the German language will be introduced in 30 schools under the Directorate of Education including Schools of Specialised Excellence (SoSEs) informed Director of Education Himanshu Gupta.
He said: “Under this partnership students will be trained by faculty from Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan in communicative German language which will help students strengthen their professional skills and explore a new culture.”
Learning German can help students find opportunities in sectors like science, engineering, tourism, hospitality, aeroflight, research etc, said the statement.