"The first months are crucial"

By Christian BlockLex Kleren Switch to German for original article

Every year, hundreds of immigrant children and young people have to find the right place in the Luxembourg school system. Two teachers talk about their experiences with a system that is about to be reformed.

Carine Costa Parada always has an open ear for her pupils. The French teacher has been teaching a "very special class" for 14 years, as she says. Since 2008, the 40-year-old has been in front of reception classes at the Lycée technique du Centre (LTC) year after year.

Such "Accueil" (Accu) classes now exist in almost all secondary schools in the country. Young people between the ages of 12 and 15 who have moved here receive an intensive French course to prepare them for their future school career. Eritrea, Cape Verde, Morocco, Syria, Romania, Greece: dealing with very different linguistic and cultural backgrounds is everyday life for Costa Parada.

Every year, hundreds of immigrant children and young people have to be made fit for the Luxembourg school system. The unaccompanied minor who fled from Burundi as well as the children of an engineer who moves to the Grand Duchy for a project lasting several years or the Portuguese family who is building a livelihood in Luxembourg. If a crisis is brewing somewhere in the world, sooner or later it is reflected in the reception classes.

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