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Real fun: Students from Germany playing Kabbadi with the students of Bannari Amman Vidya Niketan Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Sathyamangalam on Wednesday. — PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN
Real fun: Students from Germany playing Kabbadi with the students of Bannari Amman Vidya Niketan Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Sathyamangalam on Wednesday. — PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN

The ancient Indian sport of Kabaddi has turned out to be a favourite game for the group of German students, who have come to Coimbatore and Erode districts on an exchange programme.

“Though I am crazy about soccer, I have started to love Kabaddi as well. It is really fun and I love to play in my country too,” says Nils Mccaig.

“We have seen videos of the game and learnt its rules before coming here. But practising the game with our counterparts in India is fun and a great learning experience,” adds Johannes Nisi.

Nils Mccaig, Johannes Nisi and eight other students, including five girls, from Zollberg-Realschule school in Esslingen in Germany, were here on a three-week exchange programme called “Sports – Bonding Cultures,” to Coimbatore and Erode districts organised through the Goethe-Zentrum.

After their stay at GD Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Coimbatore, students from Germany stayed with the families of their counterparts in Bannari Amman Vidya Niketan (BAVN) Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Sathyamangalam for three days.

Astrid Harle, sports teacher at Zollberg-Realschule, while encouraging her students to take part in Kabbadi with their counterparts at BAVN, strongly believes that the practising sports together will enhance the students' inter-cultural competence and enable them to gain a deeper insight into the foreign culture.

“We have learnt a lot about Indian culture and staying with families here is memorable. People are very friendly. Children here give a lot of respect to the elders and teachers,” says Leonie Hohl.

Isabelle Brenner, going step ahead, says she will take back home about the family system and friendliness of people. “India is really colourful,” she says while making a reference to the Kolam and paintings at the temples.

“We wanted to give our children an opportunity to see the customs and traditions in India in their own eyes, feel and experience,” says their principal Brigitte Kromer – Schmeisser.

Brigitte Kromer – Schmeisser, while making a note on the education system in India, says students should be given more responsibility in the learning process.

‘People are very friendly. Children here give a lot of respect to elders and teachers'

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