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15 Feb 2016

The Goethe-Institut of the Federal Republic of Germany is also known as the Max Muller Bhawan. It is a non-profit German cultural association operational worldwide with 159 institutes, promoting the study of the German language abroad and encouraging international cultural exchange and relations.

The Goethe-Institut fosters knowledge about Germany by providing information on German culture, society and politics. This includes the exchange of films, music, theatre, and literature.

Principal, Mrs. Manju Sharma was privileged to attend the 7th Pasch Conference of School Principals in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  A ‘PASCH school’ is a regular secondary school with a particular emphasis on the learning and teaching of German as an additional language. PASCH schools constitute a global network of more than 1,700 schools. ‘PASCH’ stands for ‘Schools – Partners of the Future.’ Funded by the German government, the PASCH network was initiated in 2008 in order to offer opportunities to the youth from around the globe to learn German and to develop a positive relationship with modern Germany. PASCH supports professional development training for teachers, provides language learning resources to schools, offers scholarships for students to study in Germany, and numerous other virtual and non-virtual exchange and collaboration opportunities, including global student newspapers.


It endeavours to promote German Language to the students with a global reach. The early start involves calling up all available resources in order to give children the best possible prospects for development in the foreign language learning process; this involves the emotional, creative, social, cognitive and linguistic dimensions of overall childhood development. But it also very much involves ‘intercultural communicative competence’.

Every year The Goethe Institute organizes a Principal’s Conference with the aim to inform the School leaders about the various German activities and programmes conducted at the regional and center level of the Goethe Institute.  In this way the conference empowers Principals of Pasch Schools so that they have a wider and broader vision of the Goethe Institute’s aim and objective that is not just teaching German as a foreign language but as an inter-cultural medium to prepare learners as Global citizens.

The learner’s foreign language competence is no longer measured solely against the linguistic competence of native speakers, but in terms of his or her ability to master the multiple and various tasks of intercultural communication. For the child learner, and in early foreign language teaching, the types of stimulus and educational content provided should form a basis on which the open-mindedness and tolerance of the intercultural speaker can find scope to develop. The early encounter with the foreign language must awaken interest in languages, foster enjoyment in language-learning, and motivate the child to converse meaningfully in a language not his or her own.


This aim had been the main theme of the 7th Pasch Conference which was "How to Approach School Improvement" and ‘Communicative approach to School leadership – Principal’s Perspective - for School Leaders attending from the South Asia region like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Iran, Singapore and Malaysia.

Dynamic learning oriented sessions like school governance, leadership, role of the school management, co-operative instructional development, Professional Learning Communities (PLC) as gold master and different approaches to reciprocal feedbacks were organized over the two days which were rich and diverse in learning and development.

This gave the Principals opportunities to interact with each other and share their best school practices.

The resource persons of the conference are Claudia Maul- Director Language Programme South Asia, Carl Jochen Dill- Head of Educational service, Olav Schroer- Project Manager PASCH South Asia, Christian Buchberger – Department Head of Head of staff Development, Bremen Institute for Teacher Education, Mark Bartholomew- Principal Oxford International School Dhaka and Damayanti Mukherjee - Principal Modern High School for Girls, Kolkata.

It is very right said by Abigail Adams;

 

Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.

11 Feb 2016

The students of Std. 8, 9 and 10 showcased their creative best at INNODOME that was held on 29th January, 2016. The projects received rave reviews from parents.

11 Feb 2016

The programme is a thought leadership initiative for schools on environmentally sustainable living. It enables development of 21st century skills amongst students including collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, communication, social skills, ICT competencies and self-direction and planning. The programme objective is to build a school culture that offers a vision of innovation, enables teacher collaboration and sharing of teaching practices. The programme is an enabler of ‘Swachh Bharat’ and ‘Smart Citizenship’

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