Connecting people and nations through languages: Maliyadeva Balika Maha Vidyalaya School is the newest Sri Lankan member of global PASCH network
As languages are integral parts of ethnic groups, they always build the basis for intercultural understanding within and between nations. By learning a new language, students gain access to a foreign culture and, provided reaching a high language level, benefit from a wider range of promising career opportunities. The German PASCH (“Schulen: Partner der Zukunft”) initiative comprises more than 2.000 schools in over 120 countries to establish high-quality German language training worldwide.
With regards to the newest Sri Lankan member, the German Embassy is pleased to officially welcome one of the best schools in North-East-Sri Lanka, the Maliyadeva Balika Maha Vidyalaya School, to the PASCH network. In the end of November, representatives of Goethe-Institut, DAAD, Department of Modern Languages of University of Kelaniya, delegations of the other four PASCH schools as well as students and teachers celebrated the inclusion of Maliyadeva Balika Maha Vidyalaya School in Sri Lanka to the German network. Besides speeches of the official representatives, the students of Maliyadeva Balika Maha Vidyalaya brought to stage an amazing and entertaining show including music, theatre and sports. Thanks to the financial support of Goethe-Institut, the school is now also able to provide German language training using modern technical equipment and teaching materials.
Besides the support and encouragement of schools, teachers and students to teach and learn German, there are also some additional benefits that come with the PASCH inclusion. The possibility to enter contests and cultural projects, the chances of applying for a scholarship or further training for teachers are just a few of those positive impacts.
As the number 10th most spoken language in the world, German gains in importance and offers recent paths of personal and occupational growth for young people. On the basis of previous excellent academic performances, the students of Maliyadeva Balika Maha Vidyalaya are now able to profit from the new membership.
With regards to the immense engagement of the principal and the German teacher of the new PASCH school, we are looking forward to an intense participation of Maliyadeva Balika Maha Vidyalaya in the network and the supply of high-quality German courses for the motivated students.