On October 10, Ayb School and Goethe-Institut signed a memorandum of cooperation, which confirms Ayb School as Goethe-Institut partner school, within the framework of “Schools: Partners for the Future” (PASCH) initiative. The solemn ceremony took place at Ayb school.
PASCH is a network, which spans over 1800 schools from around the world that place high value on German. The initiative is carried out by Goethe-Institut along with the Federal Foreign Office, Central Agency for German Schools Abroad (ZfA), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Pedagogic Exchange Service (PAD) of the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs.
“Ayb School has simply impressed me. It’s a school that shows me once again that Armenia has great hidden potential. The Embassy is overly happy for the cooperation Goethe-Institut and Ayb School will carry on in the future, within the framework of PASCH initiative. I believe this joint project of strengthening German will yield positive results,” said Ambassador of Germany to Armenia Bernhard Matthias Kiesler.
“Our being selected as a partner school means we are an institution that places high value on German and its instruction. This grants our students broader opportunities to pursue higher education in Germany. Knowledge of German is something that students need to have today as German-language education ensures high-quality professional capacity for the European economy and professional capacity is a prerequisite for economic development,” said Head of Ayb School Aram Pakhchanian.
“By selecting Ayb School and integrating it into the PASCH network we have enriched it with a top-notch school with methodological and pedagogical teaching concepts, that serves as a lighthouse in Armenia. The fact that the far stretching mission the school has undertaken is related to German language is important for Ayb and not only – it creates long-term prospects for the development of German language in other schools in Armenia as well,” stressed expert in instruction, representative of Goethe Institute Georgia in Armenia Julia Kramer.
Goethe-Institut Deputy Director Gerlinde Massoudi, Ambassador of Germany to Armenia Bernhard Matthias Kiesler, RA Deputy Minister of Education and Science Manuk Mkrtchyan and Chairman of Ayb School Board of Trustees Fr. Mesrop Aramian and a number of other high-ranking officials attended the ceremony.