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Government announces City international school



Education minister Claude Meisch wants to build an accredited international and European school in Luxembourg City LaLa La Photo/archives

Education minister Claude Meisch wants to build an accredited international and European school in Luxembourg City LaLa La Photo/archives

Luxembourg’s new government wants to build an state-run international school in Luxembourg City, and cross-border high schools, it announced on Wednesday.

Outlining its priorities for the next term, education minister Claude Meisch (DP) said that he wants to continue to diversify the school offer.

A major project will be the creation of an accredited international and European school in Luxembourg City.  When his office was contacted by Delano, a spokesperson said the school would offer streams in English, French and German, although firmer details had yet to be defined.

This proposal continues a trend started by the so-called Gambia government for state-run international schools following the European school system, the first of which was opened in Differdange in 2016, and an annexe in Esch, followed by schools in Junglinster, Mondorf-les-Bains and Clervaux in 2018. Prior to the Gambia coalition, the Lycée Michel Lucius had opened an English stream at secondary, and an entire primary school, teaching the British education system.

Meisch gave no information as to where the new international school would be located, though it is possible it would form part of a new school campus planned in Kirchberg, where feasibility studies were being carried out in 2017. According to information published at the time, the intention was to relocate the Lycée Technique du Centre, the Waldorf school and the Lycée Michel Lucius to the site known as “Op der Schleed” within the next 15 years.

On Wednesday, Meisch also announced new school partnerships in cross-border regions, for example through the creation of a German-Luxembourg Schengen Lycée, as well as establishing a strategy for e-learning. Preparing students for the challenges of digital transformation, he said, was one of his key priorities. He wants new technologies and new media to be taught and encouraged more in the school system. Furthermore, he said he wants to reform distance learning and the eBac.