Status of Persian language teaching in Germany checked

Tehran, March 18, IRNA – Deputy Head of Iran’s Saadi Foundation has toured German universities and schools that are active in teaching Persian language and held talks with related instructors and teachers during his recent visit to Hamburg, the Foundation’s public relations office said here Wednesday.

Mohammad Reza Bandari who travelled to Germany to study the situation in centers where Persian language is taught, toured the Hamburg University’s Faculty of Orientalism as well as Stadtteilschule and Hafez schools in Hamburg and discussed issues related to the language and the forthcoming plans with the related authorities and professors there.
In his talks with Hafez School principal and teachers, he listened to suggestions by them and said that Saadi Foundation is prepared to offer all kinds of cooperation including completion of the school’s library with new books, and to provide textbooks and e-learning.
The school principal expressed concern over the lack of Persian knowledge of the third and fourth generation of Iranian descendent living in Germany. In an effort to narrow the gap between generations, he said, the school staff are trying to encourage parents to work toward raising interest in their children to learn their parents’ language. Iranian children speak German with each other, he noted, adding that it is a great plague that has to be resolved.
Bandari also visited the German school of Stadtteilschule where the Persian language is taught to some 170 Iranian and Afghan students from 54 schools three hours a week.
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