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German schools in Rio and Boston nominated for the German School Award

Date 2017/03/30

14 excellent schools are in the end round for the award of the German School Award (Deutscher Schulpreis) 2017. Delegations of pupils and teachers will take part in the awards ceremony with Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on 29 May. Already for the second time German schools abroad could participate in the competition.

When selecting the prize winners, an expert jury of teachers, scientists and representatives of public and private schools rate six quality fields: performance, diversity policy, teaching quality, responsibility, school life and the school as a learning institution.

Bridge builders in a globalized world

Bridge builders of tomorrow: the youngest at the German School Rio de Janeiro, sourceSource: German School Rio de Janeiro

On the basis of their application documents, the jury first selected 20 schools in Germany and abroad that were visited and reviewed by jury teams in early 2017.

The jury then nominated 14 schools for the final round of the German School Award. In addition to schools in Germany, the German School Rio de Janeiro and the German International School Boston are among them this year.
Both German schools abroad are already now very pleased with the nomination. ‘What distinguishes our school is that German and Brazilian pupils can learn from and with each other, thus becoming bridge builders in a globalized world,’ a representative of the German School Rio de Janeiro said.

Learning autonomously and with an eye to the future

Almost 7,800 kilometres further north, the nomination generated widespread enthusiasm, too.

A dynamic school: the German International School BostonSource: Nanda VanDyke

‘Our school stands for activity-based, bilingual and internationally-oriented education in a familiar atmosphere. Modern teaching and learning methods permit our pupils to learn and act increasingly autonomously and with an eye to the future. We are a dynamic school, which continuously develops and claims to become a little better every year,’ an employee of the German International School Boston said. Now, all fingers are kept crossed for the prize award.

The German School Rio de Janeiro and the German International School Boston are two of 140 German schools abroad that receive financial, pedagogical and personnel assistance from the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA) of the Federal Office of Administration on behalf of the Federal Foreign Office and in close cooperation with the federal states. The ZfA accompanies their quality-oriented school-development. It provides advice on the establishment of new schools with a German profile, the organization of German-language instruction and the introduction of German school-leaving qualifications in line with international standards.