On November 1st, German International School Boston had the honor to welcome German State Minister Michelle Müntefering. While visiting the school, she also explored the Goethe WanderbUS – an educational event bus that is part of the German-American friendship year.
German State Minister Michelle Müntefering visited German International School Boston (GISB) on November 1st. The visit was part of her Boston travels to celebrate the year of German-American friendship. A committee of GISB Representatives, the Head of the Goethe Institut Boston as well as student representatives showed her around the bilingual private school. Together with Secretary General of the Goethe Institut Johannes Ebert, she was also invited to peek into two classrooms and talk to students and teachers. Müntefering was especially impressed by the meetings with the students: “Schools abroad are at the heart of our international cultural policy: young people who learn together and get to know each other. That is understanding across borders. We need much more of this”, she said.
The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding was also part of the visit – a document to formalize the partnership between the Goethe Institut and GISB. It was signed by the Board of Trustees President, Prof. Dr. Stefan Tullius, and Johannes Ebert. “The fact that both our institutions cooperate in this way offers enormous potential for the future. Two partners meet to coordinate their work for the local community and in the area of teacher training, while reaching out to GISB parents with tailored courses”, says Holger Wirtz, Head of GISB.
Everyone was impressed by the Goethe WanderbUS
The Goethe WanderbUS also made a stop at GISB last Friday. The event bus has been touring the lower 48 states of the USA since March 2019. It is part of the celebration of the German-American friendship year under the motto “Wunderbar Together” and visited Boston as one of its last stops after months of travel. The GISB students explored the bus and learned in an interactive way what makes Germany and its language so unique. Michelle Müntefering also went on board and experienced the varied program together with the children.