GSB is officially a German School Abroad!

Important update: As of June 2018, the German School Brooklyn has been accredited by the German government as the number 141st German School Abroad.

School Founder Muriel Plag attended an official event at Germany’s capita; Berlin, where she and founder Kathrin Nagle were honored in a speech by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

GSB would like to thank Mister Wilhelm (Regionalbeauftragter der Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen, ZfA) for his ongoing support during this process (pictured with Muriel below). 

A few short days later, officials of the German Government, Consul General David Gill and Director for Cultural Relations Policy at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, Michael Reiffenstuel, handed over the treaty. All GSB students and staff gathered to celebrate this milestone achievement of this young school. GSB board president Dr. Stefan Stauder was present to greet the guests and celebrate with the kids.

For more info please read below letter from the school founders and enjoy the pictures that were taken on this joyful day!

Dear GSB – parents,

Muriel and I are very happy to share with you that GSB was officially acknowledged by the Federal Foreign Ministry as the 141st German School abroad! Muriel is currently representing us at the World Congress for German Schools Abroad in Berlin.

It has been a long journey to get here and even though it is most rewarding to look back and see what we have accomplished in four short years, I think also of the many challenges we faced.

We would have never been able to do this without you, the GSB community and your wonderful children!
We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your support, effort, dedication, caring, and loyalty which have helped to build GSB over the past years.

Again thank you so much for helping to make GSB a place where children can thrive and education is at its best!

Here is an excerpt of the Federal Foreign Minister’s speech:

„Und es gibt noch eine dritte gute Nachricht: Auch der Kreis der Deutschen Auslandsschulen wächst. Nirgendwo sonst an ausländischen Schulen wird so viel Deutsch und so viel auf Deutsch unterrichtet. Nirgendwo sonst ist die Begegnung mit der deutschen Kultur und Gesellschaft so intensiv.
Es freut mich daher sehr, dass wir heute die “German School Brooklyn” als Nummer 141 in die Reihe der Deutschen Auslandsschulen aufnehmen können. Herzlich willkommen in unserem Club!

Die German School Brooklyn geht zurück auf die Idee von zwei jungen Frauen, Kathrin Nagle und Muriel Plag, die die Schule zusammen mit andern Eltern im Jahr 2014 in Eigeninitiative und gegen viele Widerstände gegründet haben.

Diese Eigeninitiative – sie ist ein Alleinstellungsmerkmal aller deutscher Auslandsschulen!”

Full article below:

Kathrin & Muriel