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Private education is the theme of two new mini-exhibitions to be launched in Geneva and Lausanne next month.

Called EduKid, the exhibitions will take place on 1 February at the Casino de Montbenon in Lausanne, and 8 February at the Novotel Hotel in Geneva.

Given the huge competition that now exists between local schools, especially within the private sector, these new exhibitions have been set up to help clarify for parents the wide range of options that are now available to families living in this region.

EduKid exhibition manager, Alex Herren, told knowitall.ch, "EduKid is targeted at parents who want the very best for their kids, and who realise that a good education is the key to success when it comes to accessing the world of work. The exhibition will also help parents find alternative solutions for those children who are experiencing difficulties at school."

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A new Montessori school will open in Nyon on 9 January 2017, catering for both expats and locals.

Conveniently situated in the new La Petite Prairie development, half way between Nyon train station and the A1 motorway, The Secret of Childhood Montessori school will offer a full-time school programme for children aged 3 to 6 years. The curriculum will follow the HarmoS standard that has been adopted by all French-speaking cantons in Switzerland and which facilitates the transition to the public school system.

When the school opens in January, there will be two teachers on the staff, one English-speaking and one French-speaking, both with diplomas awarded by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and many years of experience as teachers in a Montessori environment.

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The Institut International de Lancy (IIL) is taking robotics teaching to an exciting new level with the recent acquisition of two new humanoid robots at its campus in Grand-Lancy, Geneva.

Nicknamed, Bonnie and Clyde, the two Nao robots are just the latest examples of progressive learning that the school has introduced since it first started using robotic applications to enhance teaching and learning over twenty-five years ago.

Describing the rationale behind their recent purchases, General Director, Norbert Foerster, told knowitall.ch, “When we first introduced Lego Mindstorm robots into our classroom back in 1991, it soon became apparent that robotics teaching has the unique ability to encourage creativity, collaboration, and communication amongst our students, in a way that traditional teaching techniques can never hope to achieve.”

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A bilingual Swiss school, Ecole La Découverte, catering for children aged 3 to 12, has just announced the opening of a new campus in Mies, scheduled for September 2017. Founded in the early 90s, this small, private school has grown in 25 years from just 13 pupils to 230, and has now increased its English-language teaching to a 50/50 bilingual level, following its recent expansion into new premises at the heart of the international quarter.

Key to the success of Ecole La Découverte has been the practice of active pedagogy, an approach which prioritizes enquiry-based learning through projects that aim to foster self-confidence, autonomy and the capacity to think for oneself. The school leadership team explained, “Our students begin by posing questions and brainstorming an activity. A process of investigation then leads to a final outcome, generated by the children. The subject matter of each project is ideally stimulated by their own interests. The students also have regular philosophy sessions, from 4 years onwards, and they participate in resolving problems and suggesting class projects in weekly class council meetings.”

They continued, "At the end of Primary, our children have learnt, in addition to the knowledge of the language, much broader skills, as they have been studying all the objectives in both languages. Furthermore, the knowledge the children has acquired in learning English, facilitates their learning of German, which is taught from the age of 8, through the Harmos program. As part of the extra-curricular program, there is also the possibility to take part in activities in Mandarin, Spanish and Arabic.”

ASC newteachers

As part of its current drive to recruit qualified and capable teachers for its children’s language courses, Key English School (KES) is offering free training to candidates who are able to sign up for a 2-year part-time teaching contract, starting in September!

In keeping with the school’s philosophy that "children learn best when they're having fun", applicants must be dynamic, friendly and positive. New members of the KES team are also expected to be flexible, responsible and hardworking. Successful candidates must, of course, enjoy teaching children, and be able to manage different levels of ability and a variety of activities in an action-packed lesson.

The free training course is intended for those without previous experience who wish to enter the profession and for teachers who wish to enhance their qualifications. Trainees will be continuously guided, monitored and assessed in all areas of the syllabus, including planning, classroom management and teaching skills, so that they will always feel encouraged and supported.

At the end of their training, successful candidates will receive an IH CTEFL – the International House Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Internationally recognized, this certificate is awarded by the International House World Organization, a global network of 160 schools in 52 countries, including ASC Education Group, parent company of Key English School. For newly qualified teachers, the certificate will open doors to an exciting and varied career in the global EFL industry, and will provide graduates with access to many teaching opportunities, not just those within the network of International House affiliated schools.