The Pankyprion Gymnasium - the new partner school

On the evening of the 20 December 2012 the Pankyprion Gymnsium signed the agreement with the Goethe Institut Zypern to be a member of the PASCH Initiative (Pasch: Schools – partners of the future).

German is  Europe’s most widely spoken language. Over 100 million people speak German as their native language. No other language is more widely spoken in Europe. Learning German as a foreign language happens primarily at school: pupils alone make up 12.8 million learners of the German language outside of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Learning German at PASCH schools

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Sparking interest in the German language, and enthusiasm for Germany, it's culture and society - that's the goal of the PASCH initiative "Schools: Partners for the Future". It networks with more than 1700 schools worldwide that teach German.

What is the PASCH initiative?

PASCH - Partner School Initiative

PASCH stands for the "Schools: Partners for the Future" initiative. It is a global network of some 1,500 schools that place a high value on German. PASCH is an initiative of the Federal Foreign Office in cooperation with the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA), the Goethe-Institut (GI), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Educational Exchange Service of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (PAD).

In February 2008 the Federal Foreign Office launched the “Schools: Partners for the Future” (PASCH) initiative. The aim of PASCH is to create and strengthen a global network of some 1500 partner schools with special links to Germany. This is designed to arouse and sustain young people’s interest in and enthusiasm for modern-day Germany and the German language – especially in the priority regions of Asia, the Middle East and Central and Eastern Europe.The Federal Foreign Office is responsible for coordinating the PASCH initiative, which is being implemented in cooperation with the Central Agency for Schools Abroad, the Goethe-Institut, the Educational Exchange Service of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Academic Exchange Service. From the very beginning the Bundestag supported the initiative and underlined its significance for educational work abroad with its resolution on “strengthening and developing German schools abroad”.PASCH is linked to other cultural relations and education policy initiatives, such as the “kulturweit” (Bridging Cultures) volunteer programme, the Research and Academic Relations initiative, and “German – Language of Ideas”.

Read more: http://www.pasch-net.de/udi/enindex.htm