German schools abroad have a long tradition which includes promoting the German culture with support of the Federal Republic of Germany. Exactly 50 years ago, the German Bundestag transferred this important task to the then newly established Central Office for Schools Abroad (ZfA).
Since October 1, 1968, the ZfA has been part of the Federal Administration Office and oversees the foreign school system on behalf of the German Federal Foreign Office, a central element of foreign cultural and educational policy. Worldwide, 140 German schools abroad, around 25 German profile schools and around 1,100 language diploma schools are now part of the network.
The ZfA advises schools abroad, financially supports them and provides them with teachers from Germany. Foreign school quality management, the promotion of German as a foreign language, the preparation and further education of teachers as well as numerous other tasks are also part of the ZfA portfolio.
A photo exhibition with large-format pictures from more than five decades of German school abroad as well as a ceremony at the World Congress of German Schools Abroad in Berlin in June are among the highlights of the ZfA anniversary.
Greetings from all over the world
Around 473,000 students worldwide visit a ZfA-funded school abroad. For the 50th anniversary they sent their congratulations via personal greetings–and so did our students from GISSV. We are very proud of our students who joined together from San Francisco and Mountain View to create a fun, joyful video. On behalf of all of us at GISSV "Alles Gute ZfA!"