The International PASCH German Learners Youth Camp which was being held in Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram from the 22nd of May 2011 concluded on the 27th with a valedictory function. The Delhi Public School Society in association with the Goethe Institute at Max Mueller Bhavan organized the event. Participants include students from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South Korea and Indonesia and various cities in India like Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Chennai, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Kanpur, Patna, Trivandrum, and Bangalore.
The closing ceremony began with Mrs. Archana Pental, Programme Coordinator, welcoming all the guests, comprising the Director of DPS Society, Mrs. Renu Mital; Mr. Sugeeswara Senadhira, Minister Counsellor, High Commission of Sri Lanka; Ms. Juliana Glockler Fuchs, Coordinator for Exchange Programme at Max Mueller Bhavan; Mrs.Puneet Kaur, Camp Coordinator; Evelyn Singh, Pedagogical Expert at Max Mueller Bhavan; Mr. Markus Biechele, the Regional Language Director of Max Mueller Bhavan, South Asia ; Principals of various DPS schools and other members of the faculty.
The Principal, Dr.D.R.Saini, extended a warm welcome to all the guests. The Director of DPS Society, Mrs. Renu Mital addressed the gathering and conveyed the best wishes of the Chairman of DPS Society, Mr. Ashok Chandra, who expressed his regret at not being able to attend the closing ceremony. She highlighted the importance of such camps in inculcating creative, ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking in students and creating ‘meaningful relations’. Mr. Markus Biechele, the Regional Language Director of Max Mueller Bhavan, South Asia spoke to the audience in German, about the varied facets of the programme.
Mr. Sugeeswara Senadhira, Minister Counsellor, High Commission of Sri Lanka addressed the gathering. He called the camp ‘a great opportunity for interaction’ and emphasized the importance of language in communication.
The cultural programme commenced with a short audio-visual presentation of the camp activities, followed by performances by the students of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, South Korea and various states of India. The audience was enthralled by the display of their diverse cultures and folk traditions. The ceremony ended with certificates being distributed to all the students and teachers who participated in the event.
This camp was indeed an enriching experience for all involved, and brought individuals from all across the globe closer.