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 should 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 can be 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 funded five selected German-Indian school partnerships during a pilot phase in 2011-12. The schools have been supported by MMB from a conceptual, organizational, and intercultural standpoint throughout every stage of the program.
Since 2011 Robert Bosch Stiftung regularly announces a call for applications in autumn for a funding from April the following year. For further information, please contact Frauke Schmid-Peter.