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Luxembourg to open three new European Schools

The Luxembourgish parliament has approved the creation of three new Accredited European Schools, which will open their doors to pupils in September 2018.

Clervaux, where one of the European Schools will be located. Photo:Jean-Pol GRANDMONT/Wikimedia Commons

All three schools will be public and free for all, offering an international education model within the state school system

The three schools – Lycées Edward Steichen in Clervaux, Lënster Lycée in Junglinster and the soon-opening Lycée à Mondorf-les-Bains – will offer a European school curriculum stream from pre-school to secondary in parallel with state curriculum streams, according to a government statement.

“About 63% of pupils in education don’t have Luxemburgish as their first language”

In line with the European school curriculum, they will offer different language sections.

Edward Steinchen will offer a French and German-medium section, Lënster and English and German-medium section, while Mondorf-les-Bains will have all three languages available.

The three schools will work under the Accredited European School framework, leading up to the European Baccalaureat, which is officially recognised in every EU country.

All three schools will be free to access, offering an international education model within the state school system, the government statement declares.

The white paper for the creation of the three European Schools was presented in parliament in January and is consistent with the government’s effort to reinforce the international education offering in the public system.

The rationale behind investing in more international education institutions, the government explained, is that 63% of pupils in education don’t have Luxemburgish as their first language – and the percentage has grown from about half in 2009.

At the same time the country’s education system needs to integrate children whose first language is often English, minister Claude Meisch who proposed the bill in parliament, explained.

When the law was proposed, deputies raised questions around the challenges of teacher recruitment and training, among other concerns. But the law was passed in June with a large majority.

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