First Eastern Partnership European School opens in Tbilisi
It will provide students with an innovative academic programme and multicultural exchangesEuropost
The first Eastern Partnership European School opened today in Tbilisi, Georgia, the EU Commission announced. The start of the academic year was marked with the official inauguration of the European School by EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn and Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister of Georgia.
As one of the Eastern Partnership's 20 deliverables for 2020, the school, which is the first such school established outside the EU, will provide 30 students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine with an innovative academic programme while also fostering multicultural exchanges and cooperation.
"Offering high quality education to youth is an investment in the future of the students, of their countries, and of our strong and enduring partnership," Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn said during the inauguration.
At the Eastern Partnership Summit in November 2017, all EU Member States and the six Eastern partner countries endorsed the Eastern Partnership European School as a top priority and as part of the commitment to strengthen support to youth and education in the region. It also constitutes part of the wider €340m support package for youth.
The unique diploma programme offered at the Eastern Partnership European School combines academic excellence with specialised teaching inspired by the European school system. It allows students aged 16 and 17 to attend classes in a multilingual and multicultural environment to extend and deepen their knowledge about Europe and the bloc. Furthermore, schoolchildren will have access to a rich extra-curricular programme and have the chance to participate in high-level conferences on EU subjects. The students will graduate with an International Baccalaureate Diploma on European Studies.