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German students not very interested in other cultures but show respect for them

German students want to learn less than others how people from foreign cultures live or see the world. The latest Pisa study, presented on Thursday by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), showed that only 47 percent were interested in such learning content.

Published: October 23, 2020, 8:37 am

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    It may be even lower for ethic Germans, since learning content about other cultures was particularly well received by those with a migration background. On the other hand, the respect for people from other countries among German young people is above average.

    The survey, which is based on data from 2018, was aimed at young people aged 15 and over from 66 countries. The average for cultural interest in others in Europe was 54 percent. In addition to Germany, Hungary, Italy and the Slovak Republic recorded the lowest values.

    Local 15-year-olds also showed comparatively little interest in world religions (31 percent). The OECD average was 40 percent.

    Around 87 percent of those questioned agreed with the statement that people from other cultures should be accepted as people with equal rights. In their opinion, children with a migration background should also have the same educational opportunities as those whose families did not come from abroad. Approval for this was particularly strong among young people who came from a family with a high social status.

    At around a fifth, the proportion of schoolchildren who said they were aware of problems such as climate change, global warming, equality between women and men, migration, malnutrition and the causes of poverty, was also above average.

    On the other hand, the German students rated trust in their ability to act as the lowest of all those surveyed. They agree much less often than 15-year-olds in other countries with statements like “I can do something about the problems in the world”.

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