The new observatory is a fusion between the observatory for children and youth, introduced in 2008, and the observatory for educational quality, which was founded in 2018. Its aim, according to the draft law n.7893, is to strengthen the two observatories in their mission by uniting them in a common structure, while also allowing for a better understanding of the position of children within their global context.
Despite having two separate sections, each led by one area manager and 6 observers, the fusion “will enable cross-cutting exchanges and better collaboration between the fields of children and youth and school quality,” according to minutes of the meeting.
Claude Lamberty, a DP deputy, will be the rapporteur for this draft law. Lamberty is, among others, a member of the commission of internal affairs and equality between women and men, as well as the commission for education, children, youths and research.
Like its predecessors, the new observatory will do research and collect data to improve the life of children and youths, and their educational experience. The more “holistic approach” mentioned in the draft law is supposed to help understand the impact of different systems on children and youths and evaluate the good functioning of Luxembourg education. Under the supervision of the ministry for national education, children and youth, the new structure will, however, only be able to conduct research and studies approved by the ministry.
While one deputy during the presentation of the project to the committees noted that this impeded neutrality, the ministry representative argued that privatising the structure had little added value, and that the proposed structure would provide continuity to the work of the existing observatories.