Islamabad (PR) - Newly appointed German Ambassador Ina Lepel visited Roots Ivy School, College and University yesterday to promote goodwill and improve bilateral relations between Pakistan and Germany. Khadija Mushtaq, CEO Roots Ivy Schools and Colleges Pakistan along with the students waving German flags and faculty members gave an overwhelmingly warm welcome to the distinguished guest.

The ambassador initiated her visit by taking a tour of the German Resource Centre and meeting native German language faculty members at Roots Ivy University campus Islamabad followed by German language programme updates by the students, national anthems of both nations, speeches, cultural show, songs and stalls at Roots Ivy DHA1 campus Islamabad.

Roots Ivy School & College is the only school and college in Pakistan to be continuously offering the German Language Programme through a state of the art German Resource Centre and an active German Cultural Club for all junior school, O and A Levels students since 2009. Roots Ivy has opened new doors of opportunities for all graduates through cultivation of a network of partner German institutions of higher education as well as other educational establishments of good repute to facilitate, coordinate and organise exchange programmes, undergraduate studies and summer school camps in cooperation with German schools. Currently there are 720 students studying German language course.

The German language youth camp in Germany was set up to promote multiple talents of students. All Roots Ivy students studying German language are acquiring free education and higher education placements in the leading state universities in Germany.

Last year Dr Cyrill Jean Nunn, former ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Pakistan visited Roots Ivy International School Flagship campus Faisalabad in March 2014 to inaugurate the German Resource Centre in Faisalabad followed by an exciting cultural show.

Speaking on the occasion, Khadija Mushtaq, CEO Roots Ivy School & College said: “I am very proud to share with you all that Roots Ivy International School/ College has been teaching German language by native Germans to all tiers starting from junior school to A-levels. These native teachers are available on the campus at all times to facilitate the students. At Roots Ivy it’s not just about learning the German language but it’s about learning the culture and respecting diversity.”

She said in a globalised world characterised by international links and inter-cultural connections, acquiring linguist skills has become a crucial necessity for availing opportunities in international careers. “If we want our students to be multi-linguistic and appreciate the cultural differences we have to educate and enlighten them to become globally accepted,” she added.

Ina Lepel thanked Khadija Mushtaq, the staff and students of Roots Ivy for such an overwhelming welcome and said that she was extremely impressed with the fluency of students speaking German language and the immense talent potential of the school. She emphasised that the institute is truly depicting a modern image of Pakistan where every Rootsian is the perfect cosmopolitan, multi-cultural representative of the nation.

She was delighted to see the students perform traditional dances of Germany and Pakistan and sing a poem in German language which proves that each student is a very passionate and excited to be a part of the German culture. She enlightened the students about the background of the German poem. She was very delighted to learn about the philosophy and vision of Roots Ivy. At the end, she thanked everyone for being such gracious hosts and said that she was mesmerised and overwhelmed to see the warmth and love of all the students and very touched by their goodwill gestures like the handwritten cards, emotional speeches, colourful performances, traditional stalls, etc. She said that she will always remember and cherish her first visit to Roots Ivy School & College.