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The project aims at teaching German as a third language

Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany Michal Steiner with students of Kendriya Vidyalaya during his visit to KV Picket in Hyderabad on Thursday.-PHOTO: G. RAMAKRISHNA
Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany Michal Steiner with students of Kendriya Vidyalaya during his visit to KV Picket in Hyderabad on Thursday.-PHOTO: G. RAMAKRISHNA

German Ambassador Michael Steiner visited Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV), Picket, on Thursday to take stock of the progress of the ‘German in 1,000 Schools’ project.

The project, which began in India in 2011, aims at teaching German as third language to upper primary students in about a thousand KV schools across the country by 2017.

The school here is one among the 17 Kendriya Vidyalayas in the twin cities that teaches German to over 800 students as part of the school curriculum.

Globalised order

Mr. Steiner said he was amazed by the students’ knowledge of the basics of German, which they displayed through songs and skits. He commended the students for their effort and said the knowledge of various languages was a big advantage in the globalised world.

‘German in 1,000 Schools’ is a joint initiative of the Goethe Institut, Max Mueller Bhavan and the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan. While the former trains teachers on content and evaluation, the latter looks after administrative work.

Germany calling

Besides strengthening cultural ties between India and Germany, the project looks to precondition talented young Indians to pursue higher education and career opportunities in Germany in the near future, without facing any language barrier.

“It is only a matter of time before individuals are ready to teach in interior parts of the country and realise the project’s goal,” said P. V. Padmavathi, Language Coordinator at Goethe Zentrum, Hyderabad.

The Ambassador was accompanied by Dr. Stefan Weckbach, German Consul General in Chennai, Nicholas Wagner, spokesperson of the German Embassy in New Delhi, and officials from KV Sangathan and Goethe Zentrum in Hyderabad.

German envoy bowled over by students of KV, Picket, as he takes stock of the ‘German in 1,000 Schools’ initiative

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