Goethe-Institut organises first virtual PASCH principals’ conference

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Staff Reporter
Islamabad

With the vision of giving insights to the Principals into the untapped opportunities and a brighter future for young students, Goethe-Institut organized three days the first virtual pasch principals’ conference South Asia North 2021 “the german ways and the ways with German” . The conference aimed to bring together Principals of PASCH Schools of the Northern South Asian region, who are supported by the Goethe-Institut.
For this initiative, Goethe-Institut partnered with leading schools in some of the major cities in Pakistan. Schools in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and Rawalpindi were engaged in the first virtual PASCH principals’ conference.

During the three-day conference, the PASCH-Initiative and its goals were discussed in detail and the resulting perspectives for students in South Asia were explored together with the school principals. Speaking on the occasion, Ms Veronika Taranzinskaja, PASCH Head of South Asia said, “The conference brought discourse and reflection on interconnecting educational issues. The digital format of the conference did not allow for real encounters, but we were able to create an intimate exchange between principals and their representatives across borders of India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Iran.”
On the first day of the conference, the guests were welcomed by Dr Berthold Franke, Director of the Regional Institute New Delhi and Head of the South Asia Region, followed by Dr Christoph Veldhues, Head of Language Department, Goethe-Institut Munich. The Cultural and Visa Department of the German Embassy, New Delhi supported the conference with opening remarks on the role of the PASCH-Network in South Asia and also with important tips on Visa-Application for Germany.

The main objectives of PASCH Initiative were introduced such as awakening interest and enthusiasm for Germany, motivating young people to learn German, to create intercultural understanding.

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