Spartanburg One welcomes five new students from Bavaria, Germany, as part of a newly formed international partnership between Chapman and Landrum High Schools and FOS Landshut. Through the partnership, 11th-grade students from Landshut, Germany will experience two weeks of hands-on intercultural education. During their visit, students felt at home visiting BMW Spartanburg, as Landshut is the original home of BMW.
According to the assistant principal of FOS Landshut, Ms. Sabine Lauber, direct personal experience is more sustainable than what can be taught in the classroom. “A global economy needs tolerance and openness towards other cultures and opinions, these are some of the basic factors for success. Our school partnership program is designed to contribute to a productive, long-lasting German-American partnership. Our students from the FOS Landshut are experiencing a totally new world to them and we encourage them to become part of this new world,” says Lauber.
In January 2019, Spartanburg One superintendent, Dr. Ron Garner, and Ms. Lauber signed an official MOU initiating the international partnership between the two schools. The next phase of the program will include students from Spartanburg One visiting FOS Landshut, Bavaria, Germany. As another opportunity, Spartanburg One will also begin offering German 1 and 2 as language choices during the 2019 - 2020 school year as dual enrollment courses through the University of South Carolina Upstate.