Islamabad-Roots Millennium Schools’ One World Campus at E-11/4 hosted inauguration ceremony of the German Film Festival 2017 wherein Cultural Counsellor of the German Embassy in Islamabad Burghard Brinksmeier participated as the chief guest, a statement issued on Monday said.

Mona Kanwal, manager German Language Department at the RMS and Amber Naveed, principal of the One World Campus, were also present on the occasion.

The German Film Festival is an annual free celebration of film and education for schools and young people across Pakistan. The festival, formerly known as the Pasch Film Festival, takes place in the months of November and December. It aims to help the educators bring learning to life for 11-19 year old by inspiring young people to watch, make and understand film in new and creative ways, the statement added.

Burghard Brinksmeier while speaking on the occasion appreciated dedication of the students. He emphasised the need for active engagement of youth in professional organisations and encouraged the students to participate in German-related events at national and international levels. He also emphasised leadership and determination of the youth to make a revolutionary change in Pakistan.

The RMS and Goethe Institute Pakistan had signed a memorandum of understanding years back, “Schools: Partners for the future”. The goal is to build up a network with partner school to awaken students’ interest in and enthusiasm for modern-day Germany and the German society, the statement said.

It is coordinated by the Foreign Office and implemented in cooperation with the Central Agency for School Abroad, the Goethe-Institute, the Education Exchange Service of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Lander in the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Academic Exchange service.

Under the initiative, the network of German schools abroad and schools offering German language certificates will be strengthened and extended. It will thus extend students’ skills, preparing them for study in Germany and a subsequent career.

Moreover, the number of full grants for study in Germany is to be doubled for graduates of partner school.

The management of the RMS expects that the partnership will provide the students with an opportunity to build up an early bond with the German culture and to familiarise them with German education system by participating in integrated German lessons in its schools, the statement concluded.