Since March 2020, the traditionally close relations between Bremen and the Namibian capital Windhoek have gained a new cooperation: The University of Bremen and the Deutsche Höhere Privatschule (DHPS) in Windhoek have decided to start their cooperation in the field of teacher training as well as in providing information and consultation for prospect students.
From now on, the new cooperation will offer student teachers the opportunity of a 6-12 month educational internship in Windhoek. The DHPS, with its school life characterised by multilingualism and great learner diversity, provides the ideal setting for gaining international teaching experience. Interns have the opportunity to live on the school campus, and thus get involved in the school life of a German school abroad with a long-standing tradition.
The cooperation with the DHPS in Windhoek is already the tenth network of worldwide school partnerships at the University of Bremen. The aim of the cooperation is to facilitate the students’ access to international teaching experience. They represent the University of Bremen as its ambassadors and provide the learners of the respective schools a direct insight into studying in Germany - in particular at the University of Bremen. For the schools, this also means new impulses for the organisation of lessons and everyday school life: This is thus definitely a win-win situation for all those involved.
Initial information about the cooperation with DHPS Windhoek is now available on the website of the Centre for Teacher Training and Educational Research (ZfLB). Interested students can contact Ms Gesche Heidemann (ZfLB, University of Bremen; contact: firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ms Petra Wojcik (DHPS Windhoek; contact: email@example.com).
(Gesche Heidemann, Centre for Teacher Training and Educational Research, University of Bremen)