Borscht, Gromperekichelcher and Dodgeball

By Sarah RaparoliLex Kleren Switch to German for original article

The first day of school is exciting, thrilling and should be fun. For children from Ukraine, it took on a greater meaning in Luxembourg. Many had to leave their parents behind in the war. Luxembourgish schools try to make their new everyday life as pleasant as possible. A visit to a class at the European School in Mersch.

It is 8 am and the bell that heralds the start of the first lesson echoes through the building. In the corridors of the Anne Beffort International School in Mersch (EIMAB), a few pupils are still on their way to their classrooms. They are talking in English; two girls are speaking to each other in Portuguese. They greet us with a "Moien" as they walk past us. Meanwhile, we make our way to the part of the school that was not used to hold school a week ago. "Some things are still under construction", Guy Even, the deputy director, explains to us, smiling a little sheepishly. A statement that is hardly surprising – since EIMAB, the fifth European school in Luxembourg, only welcomed its first pupils last September.

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