The UK has invoked article 50, last Wednesday 29 March, signalling its intention to start negotiations leading to departure from the EU. In this context, an item on Brexit: consequences for the European School system has been placed on the Agenda of the Board of Governors meeting which will take place this week (4-6 April). 

Discussions on this matter are likely to be ongoing for a while. In order to open up the discussion to members of the broader School community, INTERPARENTS have prepared a short Brief which you can open in English, French and German by clicking on the following links:

 

Please send us your feedback and suggestions to office@apeeel2.lu with “Brexit: consequences for the European School system, FEEDBACK” in the subject line.

We will pass on all feedback to INTERPARENTS who should be participating in the school-wide Working Group on this issue which the BoG is seeking a mandate to set up.

Many thanks for your participation !

One response to “Brexit Bulletin from Interparents

  1. Good afternoon,

    In regards with the next Board of Governors agenda, please consider my comments :

    1. English being the first common language worldwide, the language section must, in my opinion, continue to exist. Number of other native English-speakers could ensure education in English is maintained throughout the European School system (Irish, Maltese and British having dual nationality with any other nationality of the European Union). To this extent, it could be considered to actually ease and encourage the possibility for British nationals – who currently teach at a European school – to get the nationality of the EU country they live and work in. This has very likely been thought already but it is important to provide information and guidance to those teachers and their families.

    2. The UK will still be one the most interesting and wanted places for graduates / university studies after Brexit. It is possible that access will become a bit harder or administration procedures a bit more tedious, or even the whole process together with the studies themselves, even more expensive. During Brexit negotiations, encouragement to study in the UK should carry on and the information and help in order to prepare for an application should be maintained. It is important the European Schools keep on encouraging, supporting and helping a group of (ideally) British teachers/counsellors to carry on with this task. Should there be permanent teachers in the EU Schools, consultant coming to visit a few times a year or invited for information speeches, etc. But some sort of help should be maintained to help student pursue studies in the UK giving the importance the UK has in being the country where a big part of our EU school students go for their graduate/ post-graduate studies.

    3. An “English-speaking” section should, in my opinion, be financed not only by Irish and Maltese nationals, but by all the nationalities, given the importance of the English language not only in Europe but throughout the whole world.

    4. Exchange programes, sport competitions, challenge opportunities specifically thought and created in order to keep a strong bond between the UK and the EU should not only continue to exist, but more than ever be created, proposed, imagined, encouraged and flourish. I personally believe that it is more important than ever to view the UK as a partner than as a stranger after Brexit. Our children don’t need to feel the UK is “gone”. Geographically speaking it is still in the same place and it is also up to us not to push it away more than the UK itself is trying to do right now. Giving the impression of too-hard-of-a-Brexit which kind of expels the UK from the “school playground” gives everybody and “it’s over” feeling. Even if negotiations turn not the way we want and to everybody’s disadvantage, I think we can still show are children that nothing is “irreversible”. How we handle the situation today is going to be the example of how they could handle it tomorrow. We never know if – one fine day – this situation is due to be reversed. So the less ties we break now, to easier it will be for future generations to reintegrate a country that has once left the EU. And the ones who will probably do this, are our children’s generation. So, we should do everything that is in our hands for this. Through activities, exchanges, information of all kinds, it is our responsibility as parents, teachers, professionals and school management. It is not only a matter of Brexit, but the idea our children are going to have of it that could and will shape the future relation the EU is going to have with the UK. All this is not our children’s fault, but it will be up to them to live with the consequences; so the least we could do is to show them how to leave the door open … both ways.

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