Not only refugee children who come to Germany from the Middle should learn a new language at school, but also German children. This is the demand made by the president of the private Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg, Thomas Strothotte. "We should arrange it here so that German children learn Arabic," writes the IT professor in a guest editorial for the weekly magazine "Die Zeit".
German and Arabic should thus be mandatory for all school pupils until they get the school-leaving certificate. Alongside German as a core competence "this would grant access to the Arab world. We would this recognise that we were a country of immigration and a multi-lingual society."
Strothotte, who himself is a Canadian citizen and has been living in Germany since 1985, even goes a step further: If German and Arabic were both languages of instruction on an equal footing, children in Germany would prepare themselves already for the deep-seated transformation process in the Middle East.
By learning the Arabic language "we recommend ourselves and our children as business, cultural and political partners, who could accompany this transformation process," the editorial goes on.Source