German Connects this Friday

12 June 2018 | Education

It’s that time of the year again for the biennial German Language Day where a series of festive activities will entertain and emphasise how the German language and country brings people together on various platforms. This year’s event will be held at the Private School Swakopmund (PSS) on Friday (15/06) and expected to kick off at 09:00.

The Goethe-Institut Namibia and the Embassy of Germany in Namibia will hold this year’s event under the slogan of “German Connects” to promote the German language and highlight the opportunities that it brings to young people from all spheres.

“Studying German at school thus provides the youth with skills that improve their private being and quality of life. These include increased employability with companies in Namibia and abroad, the opportunity to study or do vocational training in Germany, and better communication when travelling around the world. German is one of the top ten most spoken languages around the world” said Goethe Institute spokesperson, Lendl Izaaks.

This year’s event coincides with the PSS officially becoming part of a global network: PASCH (Schools: Partner for the Future under Goethe-Institut Namibia). The PSS will become one of seven PASCH schools in Namibia that benefit from skills and infrastructural development from the Federal Foreign Office.

Currently, 50 schools in Namibia offer German as a Foreign Language, while 11 schools offer courses in German as a Mother Tongue, including 5 secondary schools, one of which is the PSS. The school offers German as a Foreign Language and German as a mother tongue from Grade 1 to 12.

The day is hosted every two years at a Namibian school with the aim of celebrating and promoting the German language.

Visitors will have access to colourful entertainment, relevant information, interactive games, diverse music and sports related to the German culture.

Also on the program is the Theatre Sports production which will see award-winning theatre director, Tanya Terblanche into action.

Terblanche, whose known for her frivolous performances will present a production on German stereotypes. The show will explore many ideas and misconceptions of the German culture, language and nationality but in a comical manner.

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