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Goethe Institute marks 6th National German Cultural Festival

BY: Samuel K. Obour

The Goethe Institute, together with the Ghanaian Association of Teachers of German and the German Academic Exchange Service,last Friday celebrated the sixth National German Cultural Festival in Accra.

The event was attended by over 500 students from different institutions that are learning the German language.

Activities to mark the day included a guided tour of a library, watching educational movies, a reading corner, children’s games and street painting.

Students who performed in different categories of competitions were awarded prizes according to their creativity, costumes, language proficiency and over all impressions.

Dr Mrs  Renate Schimkoret, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, said the event was to motivate the students to learn the German language and to enjoy being part of the community of learners of German.

She said, “even though the German language is not taught in many schools in Ghana, there are many people in Ghana who speak the German language”.

Mrs Schimkoret noted that the German language was not spoken only in Germany but other countries as well so when people learnt the language for their profession, it helps them where ever they found themselves.

Mrs Victoria Antwi, President of Ghanaian Association of Teachers of German, advised the students not to see the language as difficult but they should rather see it as a challenging one.

She said, “The competition is not to show who the best is but to create awareness for people to have interest to learn the language”

Schools that attended the event included the University of Education-Winneba, Ghana Institute of languages-Accra, Methodist University College-Accra, Accra Academy, Opoku Ware SHS- Kumasi, and Accra Wesley Girls.

Source: GNA