When Germany’s Bayern Munich played against Team India in a friendly football match on January 10, nearly 1,000 students from 14 of Delhi’s Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) were present to witness the moment.
The tickets for these students were provided by the German Embassy New Delhi, with the support of Audi, the organisers of this Football Summit, as part of the Year of Germany in India, titled ‘Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities’.
Under the aegis of the “Schools: Partners for the Future” (PASCH), an initiative of the Federal Foreign Office, the KVs are a part of the 1,000-school network that offers German as a third language. In September 2011, an MoU was signed between the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) and Goethe-Institute/Max Mueller Bhavan (MMB) to provide German language training to students of the KVs in India.
The PASCH initiative aims to build and develop a network of partner schools worldwide in order to encourage young people to take an interest in Germany and give children access to German language and education.
Children from Kendriya Vidyalaya, © Copyright German Embassy New Delhi
Bayern Munich beat Team India 4-0 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. The match between India and Bayern Munich at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi also marked the end of an era in Indian soccer as Baichung Bhutia donned the blue jersey one last time, nearly 17 years after his first match for his country and over 100 internationals later.
Even though India lost to Bayern Munich, the excitement in the stands was electric. German and Indian flags adorned the stadium, as the students enjoyed themselves and cheered for both the teams.