The International PASCH German Learners Youth Camp is being held in Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram from the 22nd to the 28th of May 2011. The Delhi Public School Society in association with the Goethe Institute at Max Mueller Bhavan is organizing 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 International PASCH German Learners Youth Camp is a global initiative started in February 2007. The aim of the project is to build a network of over 1000 partner schools worldwide who would be networked together to build a family of global German learners in leading schools around the world.
The itinerary for the camp includes German classes, workshops in music, Internet surfing, handicrafts, visit to monuments like India Gate and recreational activities like shopping and movies.
The Opening Ceremony of the Camp was held on the 23rd of May at DPS, R.K.Puram.The Principal, Dr. D.R.Saini, extended a warm welcome to all the guests. The Chief Guest was Mr. Ashok Chandra, the Chairman of the Delhi Public School Society and Mr. Markus Biechele, the Regional Language Director of Max Mueller Bhavan, South Asia was the Guest of Honour. Mr.Biechele thanked the DPS Society for organizing the camp and expressed the hope that the Camp would be able to create an interest in learning more about German language and culture and promote better ties among the students from all over the world.
The Chief Guest, Mr. Ashok Chandra, addressed the gathering. He said that it was ‘an excellent opportunity for children to exchange ideas and evolve as global citizens’. He declared the Camp open. The Director of DPS Society, Mrs. Renu Mital; Mrs.Puneet Kaur,Camp Coordinator and Ms.Evelyn Singh, Pedagogical Expert at Max Mueller Bhavan; Dr.R.G.Verma, Vice Principal, DPS R.K.Puram; Ms.Vanita Sehgal, Headmistress, middle school, Mrs.Archana Pental, Head of Political Science Department and the Coordinator of the programme along with other faculty members, were also present.
The school band struck up a tune as sweets and toys were distributed and multi-coloured balloons released into the skies.