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22.03.2018 - Article

German is the most widely spoken language in Europe and over 100 million people call it their native language. Nearly 15 million people speak and learn German as a foreign language worldwide. Find out more about the promotion of the German language in Uganda and how you can be a part of it.

German is the most widely spoken language in Europe, with 100 million native speakers. Approximately 15 million people are learning German as a foreign language around the world. Within the scope of its cultural relations and education policy, the Federal Foreign Office coordinates the many different programmes and individual measures carried out by various cultural organizations to promote the German language worldwide.

Promotion of German Language in Uganda

German language as a subject taught in Ugandan schools has a long history: For more than 40 years German language has been part of the Ugandan academic curriculum. Ever since, the number of Ugandan schools teaching German as a subject has risen to 9 schools and currently more than 5000 Ugandan students have the German language in their academic curriculum.

Ugandan schools offering German language to their students benefit from a number of initiatives. 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. The beneficiary school in Uganda is the Mengo Senior School. Being a member of the PASCH network entitles the this school to a wide variety of benefits such as educational trainings for teachers, scholarships for teachers and dedicated students to further their language skills in Germany as well as donations of teaching material and technical equipment. A volunteer from Germany's Development Volunteers Service further assists the Mengo Senior School in German classes.

The Educational Exchange Service (PAD) offers the four best students in German language of each year to participate in a four weeks summer camp in Germany in order to further improve their German language skills and to familiarize themselves with Germany and its culture. A German Language Festival takes place on a yearly base and brings together all students and teachers who come from the nine secondary schools that offer German as a subject.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) promotes the German language at the interface with Germany as a study location: A DAAD lecturer teaches German Studies at the Makerere University. Furthermore, the DAAD arranges and supports study and research scholarships at German universities and offers language courses for students about to embark on studies in Germany.

For beginners or advanced students of German language, the Goethe-Zentrum Kampala / Ugandan German Cultural Society (GZK/UGCS) offers an extensive programme of German language classes throughout the year. Students may join a broad range of activities to practice their German language skills such as discussion forums or lectures in German language, German movie screenings, a German theatre club or a German poetry slam for the advanced students. In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Nairobi (GI) trainings for Ugandan teachers to further their teaching skills are offered on a yearly base as well as scholarships for German language promotion in Germany.

The German Embassy Kampala actively supports the cooperation partners for language promotion in carrying out their promotion programmes. The Embassy further promotes the German language by funding teaching materials and organizing a yearly reception for all Ugandan German teachers and students.

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