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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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Lunch break: primary school pupils at the German School in Málaga

Ger­man School Prize 2016: Ger­man in­ter­na­tion­al schools com­pet­ing for the first time

10th An­nu­al Ger­man School Prize – pre­sen­ta­tion by Fed­er­al For­eign Min­is­ter Stein­meier on 8 June in Berlin


ZfA at the open house day in Berlin

The Cen­tral Agen­cy for Ger­man Schools Abroad (ZfA) at the open house day in Berlin

Sum­mer, sun, a gov­ern­ment vis­it all meant it was the end of Au­gust in Berlin. The Fed­er­al Gov­ern­ment in­vit­ed us to the open house day on the 29th and 30th Au­gust. Many cit­i­zens made use of the op­por­tu­ni­ty to find out about the var­ied tasks of the min­istries. The Cen­tral Agen­cy for Schools Abroad (ZfA) came along too.


Berlin, Potsdam, Weimar – teachers from Russia on a trip to Germany

Berlin, Pots­dam, Weimar – teach­ers from Rus­sia on a trip to Ger­many

41 teach­ers from Rus­sia went on a walk­ing tour through Ger­man his­to­ry at the end of June: "Berlin, Pots­dam, Weimar: Ger­man his­to­ry since Fred­er­ick the Great". The trip was part of the young teach­ers men­tor­ing pro­gramme.


German at Israeli schools

Ger­man in­tro­duced as an op­tion­al sub­ject at Is­raeli schools

On 8 Ju­ly, the Is­raeli Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion, Naf­tali Ben­nett, the Chargé d’Af­faires of the Ger­man Em­bassy in Tel Aviv, Moni­ka Iw­ersen, and the Sec­re­tary-Gen­er­al of the Stand­ing Con­fer­ence of the Min­is­ters of Ed­u­ca­tion and Cul­tur­al Af­fairs (KMK), Udo Michal­lik, signed a joint dec­la­ra­tion of in­tent in Jerusalem on the in­tro­duc­tion of Ger­man at Is­raeli schools.


German School Award 2016

Deutsch­er Schul­preis 2016 now al­so award­ed to Ger­man schools abroad

In 2016, the Deutsch­er Schul­preis (Ger­man School Award) will be award­ed for the tenth time; for the first time this year Ger­man schools abroad are al­so el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive it. By 31 De­cem­ber 2015, all Ger­man schools abroad can now ap­ply for this spe­cial award which in­cludes prize mon­ey of 25,000 eu­ros.


German Language Certificates issued in Berlin and Bremen

Ger­man Lan­guage Cer­tifi­cates is­sued in Berlin and Bre­men

"First of all, I want to learn Ger­man prop­er­ly" – this is the wish of many im­mi­grant chil­dren now liv­ing in Ger­many. In so-called "wel­com­ing class­es", young im­mi­grants are taught Ger­man to pre­pare them for reg­u­lar school. These class­es cul­mi­nate in the ac­qui­si­tion of the Ger­man Lan­guage Cer­tifi­cate (DSD) of the Stand­ing Con­fer­ence of the Min­is­ters of Ed­u­ca­tion and Cul­tur­al Af­fairs (KMK). 219 pupils re­cent­ly re­ceived this cov­et­ed lan­guage cer­tifi­cate in the frame­work of fes­tive cer­e­monies in Berlin and Bre­men.


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