On Tuesday 29th January 2013, German Ambassador Dr Schimkoreit and Goethe Institute Director Sobotta together with their Ghanaian partners signed a declaration of intent to admit the Opoku Ware Secondary School – a renowned boys school with over 60 years of experience in Kumasi, capital of the Ashanti region – to the German PASCH – Partner School Programme.
The PASCH Programme supports about 1,500 schools worldwide in teaching German and is initiated by the German Foreign Office. It is implemented mainly by the Goethe Institute, the International Institute of German Language and Culture. In the medium term, there will be three PASCH Partner Schools in Ghana with altogether about 150 secondary school students in the age of 13 to 17, learning German.
German is not part of the Ghanaian curriculum, so the schools are providing a room for the so-called "German Club" in which interested students can study the German language as well as German culture and history.
As part of the partnership programme the students and their teachers receive teaching materials and are eligible to be nominated for scholarships to take part in language courses in Germany.