50 years European School
This year the European Schools celebrate 50 years of existence. In fact, the first school opened its doors in Luxembourg on 4 October 1953 for 72 students of the few hundred functionaries from the 6 founding countries of the European Coal and Steel Community. In 1957, the 6 member States reached agreement on the school’s by-laws and on the recognition of the European baccalaureat.
The organisational principles of the schools adopted at the time are still valid today: a single school with national linguistic sections, with identical curricula and timetables, the teaching of a first foreign language from primary school, and control of teaching methods entrusted to a Council of national inspectors. The growth of the European schools has accompanied the uninterrupted development of the European institutions. In 2004, there are 12 schools with more than 18,000 pupils and 1,400 teachers. Each year, more than 1,000 pupils pass their European baccalaureat.
At present, the challenge to take on is that of enlarging the Union to 25 States. This is going to create new problems such as the creation of new linguistic sections and the growing complexity of the internal organisation. A working group on the Future of the European Schools is considering the best ways to address these challenges in the years to come.
|Price of the stamp:||0,70 €|
|Design:||Christoph Napp-Zinn, Oetrange (L) - Layout by ORBITE Conseil Luxembourg|
|Printing:||High-resolution offset by De La Rue, Byfleet, Surrey (United Kingdom)|
|Size:||40.64 x 31.75 mm|