APEEEL2 election 2014

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European schools system is like a never-ending maze of paperwork and bureaucracy.

It’s as if they believe that the more forms you fill out, the smarter you become. Secretary general and deputy secretary general are too busy worrying about their pensions and summer vacations to actually produce anything useful.

It’s a system where children are just tiny cogs in a big bureaucratic machine, and education takes a backseat to administrative tasks.

It’s time for a major overhaul, because right now, the European schools system is about as effective as a chocolate teapot.

Parents’ Association of the European School Luxembourg II

Candidatures are welcomed form all language sections, all cycles (nursery/primary/secondary) and all categories (I-II- III). The only formal constraint is that candidates should be fully paid-up members of APEEEL2.

Election 2014At different times, some or all of the following skills are required: analysis, communication, lobbying, management, negotiation, planning. Professional backgrounds in accountancy, communications, education, IT, law, management, psychology are obvious assets for certain roles. But just as important are an interest in the subject, the capacity and motivation to learn new skills, and, above all, the ability to devote the necessary time and energy to solving problems. The
European Schools, and not least the newest of the European Schools on the Bertrange site in Luxembourg, are excellent schools, but that is no reason for complacency: they could be many times better.

What you should already know

Whilst parents are always free to take actions on their own individual initiative in formal or informal ways, it is oftenmore efficient and effective to work through or with the Parents’ Association, which, in the case of parents of the European School Luxembourg II, is APEEEL2. It is this organization which is officially recognized by the Schoolauthorities as the one representing parents. Moreover, the Parents’ Association has the advantage of being able to do the work of representation from an experienced and informed overall perspective.

The senior decision-makingbody of APEEEL2 is the Management Committee, led by its Executive Board, with a maximum of 21 elected, voting members (under certain conditions, additional non-voting members can also be co-opted). Management Committeemembers are elected for a two-year term of office. Every year, typically in April/May, around half of the Management Committee members stand down; some members may leave the committee altogether. Retiring members can standfor re-election. The elections are publicized as widely and as early as possible in order to allow new candidates to register  their interest. If more candidatures are received than there are vacancies, a formal election is organized. Although representation is available to all parents, only parents who are paid-up members of the Association can stand for election or vote. Each parent who has paid their annual membership fee has one vote.

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Aim of the European Schools

Educated side by side, untroubled from infancy by divisive prejudices, acquainted with all that is great and good in the different cultures, it will be borne in upon them as they mature that they belong together. Without ceasing to look to their own lands with love and pride, they will become in mind Europeans, schooled and ready to complete and consolidate the work of their fathers before them, to bring into being a united and thriving Europe.

Marcel Decombis, Head of European School, Luxembourg between 1953 and 1960