The Council of Ministers has given its approval to a groundbreaking proposal put forth by the Ministry of Education, Sports, and Youth to initiate a pilot program aimed at introducing German language education in public secondary schools.
Commencing in the academic year 2023-2024, this innovative initiative will commence in selected schools. In Nicosia, the chosen institution is the Arch. Makarios Γ΄ School located in Dasoupolis, while in Limassol, the Gymnasium and Lyceum of Linopetra will participate in the program.
The program's implementation will focus on the first-grade students of the Gymnasium and the Lyceum, with classes scheduled conveniently after regular morning sessions, from 13:35 to 14:20. Importantly, these additional lessons will not disrupt the existing school timetable. It's worth noting that the plan includes the possibility of expanding this program to schools in other regions, contingent upon an evaluation of its effectiveness.
Under the tutelage and guidance of the Goethe-Institut, participating students will have the unique opportunity to acquire a high level of proficiency in the German language. Furthermore, the Goethe Institute will play an active role in training teachers in effective teaching methodologies and providing certification of students' German language proficiency levels.
This forward-thinking initiative aims to broaden the horizons of Cyprus's youth by offering them a strong foundation in the German language and fostering cross-cultural understanding and cooperation.
The pilot program signals Cyprus's commitment to enhancing language education and expanding educational horizons for its students. As the program unfolds, its success will undoubtedly serve as a testament to the value of such initiatives in today's interconnected world.