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Cen­tral Agen­cy for Ger­man Schools Abroad (ZfA)

The Cen­tral Agen­cy for Ger­man Schools Abroad (Zen­tral­stelle für das Aus­landss­chul­we­sen, ZfA) of the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion sup­ports over 1,200 schools world­wide, in­clud­ing 140 Ger­man schools abroad – main­ly in pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship – and ap­prox­i­mate­ly 1,100 schools in the re­spec­tive ed­u­ca­tion­al sys­tem in which the Ger­man Lan­guage Cer­tifi­cate (DSD) can be ac­quired. On be­half of the Fed­er­al For­eign Of­fice and in close co­op­er­a­tion with the fed­er­al states, the ZfA pro­vides them with per­son­nel, fi­nan­cial and ped­a­gog­i­cal as­sis­tance. The ZfA, which was es­tab­lished at the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion in 1968, re­ports to the Fed­er­al For­eign Of­fice.

Ger­man schools abroad, most­ly con­ceived as in­ter­na­tion­al schools, are open not on­ly to chil­dren of Ger­mans work­ing abroad and wish­ing Ger­man ed­u­ca­tion for their kids. Three out of four pupils are from the re­spec­tive host coun­tries or oth­er cul­tures, thus get­ting the chance to fa­mil­iar­ize them­selves with Ger­many, its cul­ture, and lan­guage. These high-pro­file in­sti­tu­tions of the Ger­man school sys­tem are very pop­u­lar world­wide and con­sti­tute an im­por­tant pil­lar of cul­tur­al re­la­tions and ed­u­ca­tion pol­i­cy.

The ZfA is re­spon­si­ble for the place­ment, fi­nan­cial sup­port, prepa­ra­tion, and fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion of teach­ers. About 2,000 teach­ers placed by the ZfA are em­ployed at Ger­man schools all over the world.

ZfA news from abroad

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

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

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.


Regional Networking Conference Cairo: ‘We are DAS!’

Re­gion­al Net­work­ing Con­fer­ence Cairo: ‘We are DAS!’

‘We are DAS!’ was the mot­to of the Re­gion­al Net­work­ing Con­fer­ence of Re­gion 11, in­clud­ing Egypt, the Pales­tini­an ter­ri­to­ries, Lebanon and Ke­nia. From 24 to 25 March, head­mas­ters, ad­min­is­tra­tion man­agers and school board mem­bers of Ger­man schools abroad (DAS) of the re­gion came to­geth­er in Cairo.


Dynamic and focused on the future

Dy­nam­ic and fo­cused on the fu­ture

Fi­nal­ly, al­so in re­gion 9, eleven Ger­man schools abroad met in Dublin from 9 to 11 Mach for the First Re­gion­al Net­work­ing Con­fer­ence in Cen­tral Eu­rope. They had been in­vit­ed by St. Kil­lian's Ger­man School in Dublin and the Cen­tral Agen­cy for Schools Abroad (ZfA).


Discussion with the heads of state

DSD pupils in dis­cus­sion with the heads of state of Bul­gar­ia and Ger­many

On 23 June 2016, DSD pupils from Bul­gar­i­an schools had the op­por­tu­ni­ty to en­ter in­to di­rect di­a­logue with the heads of state of Bul­gar­ia and Ger­many, Pres­i­dent Rossen Plevneliev and Fed­er­al Pres­i­dent Joachim Gauck.


Foreign Minister Steinmeier in Albanian

For­eign Min­is­ter Stein­meier in dis­cus­sion with Al­ba­ni­an pupils and stu­dents

Fed­er­al For­eign Min­is­ter Dr. Frank-Wal­ter Stein­meier set off for a state vis­it to Tirana in Al­ba­nia on 14 June. The last point on his agen­da was to take time to hold a dis­cus­sion with some young Al­ba­ni­ans. Among the 23 young peo­ple was a large group of pupils from the Ger­man-Al­ba­ni­an de­part­ment of the Sa­mi Frash­eri High School in Tirana.


First annual PASCH conference in China

To­geth­er in­to the fu­ture - First an­nu­al PASCH con­fer­ence in Chi­na

A mile­stone in the Ger­man-Chi­nese Year of Stu­dent and Young Peo­ple’s Ex­changes was the first an­nu­al con­fer­ence of the PASCH ini­tia­tive, or­gan­ised by the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry of the Peo­ple’s Re­pub­lic of Chi­na on 24 May. It brought around 250 rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Chi­nese PASCH schools and ed­u­ca­tion au­thor­i­ties to­geth­er with the part­ners re­spon­si­ble for PASCH on the Ger­man side.


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