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Meeting of the board of the Governors of the European Schools starts today in Tallinn

17. April 2018 - 10:25

Today, the meeting of the board of the Governors of the European Schools starts in Tallinn. The three-day meeting is attended by delegations of all EU member-states. During the Estonian presidency, the focus has been on the more diverse use of digital solutions as well ensuring the good reputation of the European Schools and high quality of the teaching and studying.

„In addition to Estonian-language education, emphasis on international curriculas is highly important in the globalizing world. Estonia is proud for its comprehensive education and internationally recognized education. Over next three days, we surely will be provided with valuable feedback to our activities during our presidency as well we have chance to agree on decisions for further development of the European Schools,“ said minister of education and research Mailis Reps.

The Estonian presidency of the Board of Governors of the European Schools has three priorities: improving the management of the European Schools, ensuring the continuous pedagogical development of the European Schools and ensuring the purposeful use of digital tools in everyday teaching in the European Schools.

Estonia has held the year-long presidency of the Board since August 2017. The previous presidency was held by Germany and Estonia is followed by Greece. Estonia has been part of the European Schools system since 2004 and accredited European School was opened in Tallinn in 2013.

Background information

  • The European Schools provide common education in the European Union. Schools are managed Under the Convention Defining the Statute of the European Schools.
  • The founding principle of the European Schools is the provide mother-tongue education to the children of the EU institutions’ officials from nursery education to secondary education.
  • There are 13 type-I European Schools located in 6 member states: Belgium (5), Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, Luxembourg (2) and Germany. In addition, there are 13 accredited schools.
  • In the academic year of 2017/2018, there are in the European Schools about 27 000 students, including 235 Estonian students. In addition, there are 15 teachers or headmasters from Estonia working the European Schools.
  • In Autumn 2016, the Estonian section was opened in Brussels IV European School. This is the first time when Estonian children in Brussels have opportunity to obtain basic education in Estonian language. Formerly, Estonian students studied often in English, French or German and only had one Estonian language class per day.
  • Overview of the European Schools. 

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