Deutsche Internationale Schule Johannesburg (DSJ) is proud to announce that it has been named as the winner of prestigious Der Deutsche Schulpreis for German schools abroad. Der Deutsche Schulpreis is considered the most important “stamp of approval” for all German schools and is supported by the Robert-Bosch Foundation, the Heidehof Foundation, Stern Magazine and the ARD (German national TV). In Germany, it is often referred to as the “Oscars of schools awards”.
In late 2015, the DSJ submitted a 70-page entry document. After an initial selection process, the school was named as one of three top candidates (along with Deutsche Schule in der Provinz Málaga Colegio Alemán Juan Hoffmann and Deutsche Schule Alexander von Humboldt Lima) in the competition at the end of January 2016.
A jury arrived in Johannesburg just three days after the announcement was made and put the school “through its paces” during a thorough inspection, based on the following criteria: performance/output, diversity, educational quality, social responsibility, quality of school life and the overall standing of the facility as a place of learning.
After all three schools were visited, the jury deliberated and finally announced at the start of April that the DSJ and the Deutsche Schule Lima were the two best candidates in 2016.
A small delegation representing the DSJ travelled to Berlin to attend the special ceremony on 8 June 2016. The announcement was made live on German television with German Foreign Minister Frank- Walter Steinmeier in attendance. DSJ learners were able to follow the ceremony, thanks to live streaming provided in the school hall.
Being named as the best German school abroad has immense financial benefits but more importantly, it recognises the all-round achievements of the DSJ and the immense contribution of the whole school community, for which it is extremely grateful.
Category: Spring 2016