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Goethe Institute trains 2,000 Nigerians in German language - Marc-Andre Schmachtel

28/07/2014 15:48
The Director of Goethe Institute in Nigeria, Mr Marc-Andre Schmachtel, on Monday said the institute has trained 2,000 young Nigerians in German Language since its inception in 2011.
Schmachtel told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that there had also been a growing interest of Nigerians in learning the language.
He said, "Between year 2011 and 2013, there has been an increase in the number of young Nigerians that sought training in the speaking of German Language from the institute.
"Within this period, there was an increase in their number from a 10 to 15 per cent.
"There are already more indications from state governments and parents wanting their children to come to the institute to learn German Language."
Schmactel said Nigerians’ knowledge of the language would assist them in studying and working in Germany.
He noted that the institute would introduce the learning of German language to some secondary schools in Lagos State in September as a pilot project.
He attributed the growing interest in learning the Language to the present free education opportunities in Germany.
He said, "These young Nigerians and their parents seem to have realised the high cost of getting education in the US and UK today.
"They have started going to places where their education financial requirements are low compared with what presently obtains in the U.S. and UK."
Source - NAN

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