On 18 January 2016, the Minister of Education, Children and Youth Claude Meisch announced the opening of an International School in Differdange (EIDD). The EIDD will be a public-funded school and will follow the European School syllabuses. Unlike the European Schools currently established in the Grand Duchy, the new school will be open to all pupils, with no registration fees.
A public school, based on the European idea
The European idea and mutual respect among different cultures will be at the core of everyday life at the school.
It will pay particular attention to openness towards the outside world, particularly through initiation courses for the pupils, artistic activities, lectures, etc. It will offer three levels of education: a primary European School, a secondary European School, and a preparatory scheme. The courses will lead to the European baccalaureate or will provide access to international vocational training (which will be set up in a number of technical secondary schools). The primary and secondary classes will function according to the same syllabuses, advancement criteria and timetables as the other European Schools.
Emphasis on languages
The new school will offer two language sections on the basis of the fundamental scheme, one French-speaking, the other English-speaking. According to the choice adopted, all classes except languages will be taught in either French or English. Pupils will then have to choose a primary language, which will be taught as to native speakers, and in which they will not only learn to read and write properly but will also learn about literature in that language. Pupils will have the choice of English, French, German and - a first in the Grand Duchy - Portuguese. They will then choose a first foreign language, to which a second foreign language will be added at secondary school.
Spoken Luxembourgish, as an integration factor, will be taught to all pupils at primary school and in the lower classes of secondary school.
Alongside the primary and secondary syllabus, the school will also offer preparatory classes to prepare those pupils who are not ready at the end of their primary school education to move on to a European-type secondary school, so that they will be able to join the scheme later. This preparatory scheme will be broadly based on the preparatory scheme offered by Luxembourg's technical secondary education system, but it will also have some characteristics of its own.
Given the substantial demand for international education in the Grand Duchy, it is planned that the first classes will begin to operate at the start of the 2016-2017 school year.