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Students off to Germany for a 12 week stay

Students off to Germany for a 12 week stay

On 21 November, the Association of German School Societies in Namibia (AGDS) and Cultural Counsellor at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Namibia, Ullrich Kinne saw off 19 students from different Windhoek schools, who were leaving on a student exchange to Germany. The AGDS, together with the Association for German Cultural Relations Abroad (VDA), has been organising a 10 to 12 week stay in Germany for students during the Namibian summer for many years. This year 19 students were chosen. The students will be accommodated in German guest families and will also visit the schools of their partners and thus get to know daily German life. They will also convey Namibian culture and lifestyle to their German friends and acquaintances. Ullrich Kinne said, “In an era of rising nationalism, isolationism and xenophobia worldwide, it is important that young people continue to build bridges between countries.” In return, the guest children from Germany will spend 6 to 8 weeks in Namibia during their summer holidays to also get to know the people and the country. The photograph shows, Cultural Counsellor in the German Embassy, Mr Ullrich Kinne (standing on the right) with the learners who are on their way to Germany as exchange students for the summer holiday.

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Daniel Steinmann

Brief CV of Daniel Steinmann. Born 24 February 1961, Johannesburg. Educated at the University of Pretoria: BA, BA(hons), BD. Postgraduate degrees are in Philosophy and Divinity. Editor of the Namibia Economist since 1991. Daniel Steinmann has steered the Economist as editor for the past 29 years. The newspaper started as a monthly free-sheet, then moved to a weekly paper edition (1996 to 2016), and on 01 December 2016 to a daily digital newspaper at www.economist.com.na. His editorial focus is on economic analysis based on budget analysis, disecting strategic planning and assessing the impact of policy formulation. For eight years, he hosted a weekly talk-show on NBC Radio, explaining complex economic concepts to a lay audience in a relaxed, conversational manner. He was a founding member of the Editors' Forum of Namibia. Over the years, he has mentored scores of journalism students as interns and as young professional journalists. He often assists economics students, both graduate and post-graduate, to prepare for examinations and moderator reviews. He is the Namibian respondent for the World Economic Survey conducted every quarter for the Ifo Center for Business Cycle Analysis and Surveys at the University of Munich in Germany. He is frequently consulted by NGOs and international analysts on local economic trends and developments. Send comments to [email protected]