On October 20, 2018, we celebrated the 10 anniversary of the PASCH initiative at Mengo Senior Secondary School. PASCH stands for the initiative “Schools: Partners of the Future” (“Schulen: Partner der Zukunft”.).
The Partners for the Future initiative PASCH was founded in 2008 by the then German Foreign Minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, our current president. Since then PASCH has been offering pupils worldwide educational perspectives by learning the German language.
“Winning young people as partners for the future by sparking a lasting interest in our country, our society and our values through the teaching of the German language and German culture” – that was the idea behind PASCH. It is part of Germany’s cultural relations and education policy and forms the third pillar of German foreign policy and is one of its most sustainable and visible instruments.
Today, ten years later, PASCH has more than 600,000 students in 120 countries and around 2,200 schools which form a unique, global network extending from South America to China and from the Arctic Circle to the Cape of Good Hope. Through joint activities and continuous exchange these 600.000 young students have grown together into an international learning community in an ever more globalized world.
Since more than 40 years German as a foreign language has been taught in Ugandan schools. Thus more than 5.000 students had the possibility to learn German and to explore new horizons in getting access to German culture, to German people but also to economy and science. All this contributes to closer ties between Germany and Uganda and increases the exchange between and the knowledge about our people.
The Mengo Senior School in Uganda is part of this global learning network since the very beginning of the PASCH-Initiative. Since 1969 Mengo Senior School offers German language classes. In 2008 it became part of the PASCH-Initiative. Today, there are more than 3,000 ambitious German language students.