THE number of Tanzanians who learn German language has increased significantly. Some of the learners intend to pursue further educational opportunities in the European country.
The head of the German Language Department at Goethe Institute in Dar es Salaam, Mr Samuel Gogomoka, has told the 'Daily News' that about 200 people were currently learning the language. He was speaking during a graduation ceremony for learners of the language at the Institute last week.
A total of 15 students from city based schools who take part in the language programme graduated together with individuals in different levels of the course. Mr Gogomoka further said the PASCH Programme, which entails the shunting of German learners to Germany, would send its beneficiaries to Germany next year so they exchange experience with other students in similar courses elsewhere in the world.
"We have a programme whereby the PASCH programme beneficiaries get an opportunity to meet fellow participants in Germany each year," he said. PASCH programme is carried out in city based secondary schools including Chang'ombe and Zanaki.
Solomon Sammy, who is one of the students in the PASCH programme, says that learning the German language provides learners with a wide scope of opportunity. He says that knowing the language is advantage even when applying for a job.
"The language would offer me an opportunity to study in Germany after completing my secondary school education," said Sammy, a student at Chang'ombe Secondary School in Dar es Salaam.
Leticia Joseph, another PASCH programme beneficiary who is a student at Chang'ombe Secondary School, advised the general public to learn the German language. She said that learning more than one international language provides one with various opportunities.