AWO Vietnamese Language School Upholds Traditional Traits in Germany.

The AWO Vietnamese-language school serves as a sanctuary to preserve the rich cultural heritage of the Vietnamese community in Germany.

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The AWO Vietnamese-language school in Berlin held a ceremony to commemorate its 15th anniversary and the 41st Vietnamese Teachers’ Day, as reported by VNA.


Phan Quang Van, First Secretary in charge of education at the Vietnamese Embassy in Germany, praised the efforts of the AWO Vietnamese School, teachers, and students. He also acknowledged the contributions of the Bayouma-Haus Intercultural Center and Vietnamese organizations in Germany in promoting the teaching of the Vietnamese language and Vietnamese culture in the capital, Berlin.


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in promoting the movement of teaching Vietnamese language and Vietnamese culture in the capital Berlin.

In the context of economic integration, he stressed that learning the Vietnamese language and Vietnamese culture is more important than ever. It enables Vietnamese people to introduce their culture to international friends.

AWO Vietnamese-Language School Preserves Traditional Characteristics in Germany
Teacher Nguyen Thu Loan and students. Photo: VNA


Meanwhile, Oliver Nöll, Deputy Mayor of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district, said that over the years, many groups of foreigners have moved to live in the district, but Vietnamese people are the largest group. The strong development of the Vietnamese community not only spreads to the native German community but also to other foreign communities. He voiced his appreciation for the contributions made by the Vietnamese community to the district.


The school was established in 2008 by teacher Nguyen Thu Loan who teaches Vietnamese language every Sunday. Vietnamese classes, which initially had only about 10 students, gradually increased to 60-70 students, and sometimes reached up to 80 students. This led Loan to divide the classes into three and arrange three different shifts.

AWO Vietnamese-Language School Preserves Traditional Characteristics in Germany
Phan Quang Van, First Secretary in charge of education at the Vietnamese Embassy in Germany, presents Vietnamese textbooks to AWO Vietnamese-language school. Photo: VNA


After 15 years, the center has had thousands of students. Besides teaching Vietnamese according to the books of the Education Ministry of Vietnam with certain adjustments to suit the situation, teacher Nguyen Thu Loan also incorporates topics about family, country, and the characteristics of traditional Vietnamese culture into the lessons.

The Family Day, an annual traditional day of AWO Vietnamese-language school, was interrupted during the Covid-19 pandemic. This year, Family Day has been restarted, bringing excitement to teachers, students, and parents.

The ceremony featured many singing, dancing, and martial arts performances by school students, as well as a dance performance by the Berlin Dance Team. This dance team, consisting of middle-aged Vietnamese women, meets once a week and has also become a member of the Bayouma-Haus Multicultural Center, serving as a cultural bridge with other foreign communities.

In addition to the dance team, the Bayouma-Haus Intercultural Center also has a dance club for the elderly, with two Vietnamese dance teachers. It attracts both Vietnamese and foreigners to participate.

Hannah Nguyen