German-Indian Classroom
International Education

German-Indian Classroom

A Joint Project by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan (MMB) New Delhi
Experiences from international exchanges have been proven to play a significant role in the development of young peoples' personalities and their later lives. In addition to linguistic and, above all, intercultural skills, they also have a positive effect on later professional prospects.

The "German-Indian Classroom" program initiates and supports partnerships whose cooperation goes above and beyond student exchanges as they are commonly practised up until this point. The main idea is to prepare the participating students for life and work in a globalized world. Students become acquainted with the other country's culture of working and training and develop a path to a successful partnership while overcoming cultural differences. To achieve this goal, the partner groups work collectively for an entire year on a jointly selected project. This is carried out both in a virtual "German-Indian classroom" as well as during a two-week visit each group pays to the other group.

Topics which are implemented within the respective grade level's curriculum are particularly well suited. The continuous exchange of information between the two groups is carried out using state-of-the-art communication technologies, including an encrypted Internet platform. The groups use both German and English as working languages. In addition to improving their language skills and project-related expertise, their year-long, regular contact also increases each group's knowledge of the other country, helps the students to form lasting relationships with one another, and awakens their interest in further exchanges and future studies abroad.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung is conducting the German-Indian Classroom in 2016-17 for the last time. In March 2016 the jury selected 18 new projects for funding, that will be carried out until November 2017. Since the implementation of the German-Indian Classroom, the Robert Bosch Stiftung supported 80 projects of German-Indian school partnerships with more than 2.800 participants. The schools have been assisted by MMB from a conceptual, organizational, and intercultural standpoint throughout every stage of the program.
 
Johann-Schöner-Gymnasium, Karlstadt, and Delhi Public School Mathura Road, New Delhi
Johann-Schöner-Gymnasium, Karlstadt, and Delhi Public School Mathura Road, New Delhi
Gymnasium St. Gertrudis, Ellwangen, and Carmel Convent School, New Delhi
Gymnasium St. Gertrudis, Ellwangen, and Carmel Convent School, New Delhi
Europaschule Köln and Ahlcon International School, New Delhi
Europaschule Köln and Ahlcon International School, New Delhi
Sophie-Scholl-Gesamtschule, Wennigsen, and Heritage School, Kolkata
Sophie-Scholl-Gesamtschule, Wennigsen, and Heritage School, Kolkata
Visiting the "Farm Science Center" (Sophie-Scholl-Gesamtschule, Wennigsen, and Heritage School, Kolkata)
Testing the new solar lamp (Sophie-Scholl-Gesamtschule, Wennigsen, and Heritage School, Kolkata)
Johannes-Turmair-Gymnasium, Straubing, and Lotus Valley International School, Mumbai
Johannes-Turmair-Gymnasium, Straubing, and Lotus Valley International School, Mumbai

Information and Support

Manuel Gerstner
InterCultur gGmbH
Phone: +49 (0)40 8060276-10

Information and Support Goethe-Institute New Delhi/ Max Mueller Bhavan

Hema Gupta
Phone: +91 (0)11 2347 1305

Contact at the Foundation

Gabriella Hornung
Phone: +49 (0)711 46084-682