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The European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning website:


focussed on a full press release article dated 12 July 2013 about the Spanish government’s proposal in draft form “Education Act for the Improvement of Educational Quality”.  The Spanish Government intend to suppress Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights in primary, secondary and baccalaureate programmes.  This directly contradicts Spain’s commitments towards the Council of Europe.

In view of the economic, social and institutional crisis, this is not conducive to moving democracy forward.  This draft proposal, if agreed and finalised, will take Spain back in time and exasperate the next generation’s effort to discuss and make decisions in a democratic manner.   Young people should be given the opportunity to express themselves freely, discuss and debate topics in the school environment without fear of reprisals.  Through positive dialogue, acceptance of each other and trust in one’s ability will arouse the desire to make a difference in society.

The aim of the Spanish government should not just rest at educating followers but rather to develop and encourage aspirations for future leaders.

Cambridge International Exams

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Waterford pupil is the best in the world

30/05/2013 03:43:00BY SIBUSISO ZWANE
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imageArnaz Patel.

MBABANE – A pupil from Waterford Kamhlaba United World College has topped the world in Cambridge IGCSE Foreign Language, Spanish.

Arnaz Patel received an Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award from Cambridge International Examinations for her outstanding performance in the November, 2012 Cambridge Examinations series.

Patel got an average of 99 per cent in a series of four Spanish papers. She said she could not believe it when she got the news that she was the best in the world.
“I feel very happy. I didn’t expect this when I was writing that exam,” she said. She also said what surprised her the most was that the exam seemed harder than the practice papers they had been writing in preparation.

Describing her work ethic, Patel said: “I do not overwork myself. I only do my work. I am not the type of person who wouldn’t have time for other things and I balance my schedule.”
The acting Principal of Waterford Kamhlaba, Bruce Wells, said the award recognised the talent, dedication and commitment for both the learners and staff.

He also said this was the second year in succession that a Waterford Kamhlaba pupil has been recognised for acquiring the best result in the subject.
Wells also paid special tribute to Patricia O’Connor from Chile, Patel’s Spanish teacher, for teaching her and preparing her well for the examinations. O’Connor described Patel’s achievement as a great one for herself and the school.

“She has made a great achievement and in Swaziland this is the only school that teaches Spanish as an accelerated course,” O’Connor said.
She also made mention that Patel was a special pupil who speaks fluent French, English, siSwati, and Portuguese.

Cyrus Patel, Arnaz’s father, congratulated her daughter and said the whole family was proud of her achievement.
“We are ecstatic about it. It is quite an achievement for her and an honour for the family,” he said.
The top performing learner received her award during a ceremony yesterday at Waterford Kamhlaba.

Cambridge Top in the World awards recognises the success of learners who have achieved the highest standard mark in the world for a single subject.
Cambridge programmes are taken by learners in more than 9 000 schools in 160 countries.

Schooling and Education in Spain

For the expats arriving with children to mainland Spain and the Canary islands, the question of education and which schools to choose is a life-changing decision, more so when the ability to speak Spanish or lack of- is ultimately the decider.   Please click the below “schooling-education” . . .


The School System

Spanish Guarderia Escuela Infantil Primaria ESO Universidad
English Nursery school Pre-school Primary school Secondary school Higher education
Ages Age 0-3 Age 3-6 Age 6-12 Age 12-16 From 16