German band Erfindenker performed at Goethe-Institut

Sheikh Arif Bulbon :
To inspire the German language learning students of its four partner schools under the PASCH programme, Goethe-Institut Bangladesh organised a concert with the German Band Erfindenker recently at its auditorium in the capital’s Dhanmondi area.
The partner schools under the PASCH programme are; Oxford International School, European Standard School, South Point School and College and Maple leaf International School. Dr Kirsten Hackenbroch, director of the Goethe-Institut Bangladesh inaugurated the event.
With their mind-blowing performance, it did not take long for Erfindenker to get their predominantly young audience on their feet and move with the rhythm and melodies. 30 Grad, Seid ihr bereit? Achterbahn, Farben, So’n Tag, Keine Zeit, Lass mal lassen, Kalte Schulter, Nimm mich mit, Erfindenker-Medley, So gut, Unfassbar, Immer das Gleiche, Hans Cook, Wird schon werden, Strichcode, Spuck’s aus, Spring, Voll den Vogel and Zu guter letzt were among the 20 German songs presented during the concert. Erfindenker line-up were: Fabio Niehaus (DJ/ Keys), Luka Sommerfeld (Guitar), Melissa Demissie (Vocal) and Caroline Leuzinger (Vocal).
Erfindenker’s Dhaka tour made possible thanks to the Goethe-Institut’s regional initiatives by inviting the group for more than a month long tour of cities in the subcontinent, including Kathmandu, Karachi, Lahore and various cities in India and Dhaka spanning from August 16 to September 21.
As part of the Dhaka tour, Erfindenker band members conducted a daylong workshop with 48 enthusiastic students from four partner schools on Friday. The students were shown how they may improve their German language skills through music. The participating students also rehearse with the band members through the workshop to perform three songs so stage, alongside the band members during the concert.
The Erfindenker band was found in 2010 by two musicians Sandro Jahn and Fabio Niehaus and the slogans of the band was educational- creative- interactive from the beginning of their journey. This band group offers an extensive range of teacher seminars and student workshops since then.
They want to reach to the audience through their enthusiasm to music, language, and interculturality. They like to do their activities with core, so that they can develop something creative that they strongly believe.
The ‘Schools: Partners for the Future’ (PASCH) initiative was launched in February 2008 by Germany’s Federal Foreign Office. The Goethe-Institut supports around 600 PASCH schools in the national education systems of over 100 countries. The initiative is designed to arouse and sustain young people’s interest in and enthusiasm for modern-day Germany, German society and the German language. A global network of partner schools of the Federal Republic of Germany is being created; the schools become part of an international community of learners through shared activities and exchange.
In Bangladesh, the PASCH network consists of five partner schools, namely Oxford International School, European Standard School, South Point School and College, Maple leaf International School and Chittagong Mastermind International School. In the school year 2018/2019, more than 1300 students learned German as a foreign language in different levels. Learning German has increasingly become more popular; in comparison, only 770 students studied German in the five PASCH schools in 2015.
The PASCH-initiative in Bangladesh was started by the Goethe-Institut Bangladesh with a programme to train teachers in both the necessary language skills as well as teaching skills for interactive modern language teaching.
Today, 22 teachers are providing quality education in German language while Goethe-Institut provides continuous support in teachers’ training. Furthermore, students of German language in the five PASCH schools receive many opportunities to visit the Goethe-Institut for example for film screenings and theater plays as well as to participate in youth camps in South Asia and Germany.