Long Travels with Children

We often wish that summer holidays could go on and on… well, they can! For this summer issue Monica Shah, our education columnist, interviewed mothers who have organised family super-breaks and sabbaticals. Perhaps this will tempt the travellers amongst you to organise an amazing opportunity – and give the armchair travellers something to dream about!…

Growing Up and Changing Schools

As our children grow and change, we parents develop new perspectives on their potential. Preschools and kindergartens are often their first social environments, and if we are lucky enough to be able to choose the style, language and culture of their early education, we can get an insight into their individual talents and how they…

Sexuality and Relationship Education

“Let’s talk about sex baby, let’s talk about you and me…” Sex education no longer means sitting at a desk in biology class learning about sexual reproduction in rabbits. Sometimes it is a distinct advantage growing up in modern times! Current policy as promoted in E.U. countries aims to help adolescents to “make appropriate and…

Education Across Cultures

Immersion and consequent cultural integration for our children seems simple: we move abroad and our children can embrace our ‘living abroad project’ by attending a local school and guess what, they will become fluent in a new language, which brings them unique skills and status compared with most kids back home. They are likely to…

Getting Involved in Your Child’s Education

This article is part three in the series, Educating Your Children in Switzerland, which reports on challenges with the education in Switzerland from the perspectives of the mothers who experienced them. In Part One: The Local System and Part Two: Challenges with Private Schools, I discussed challenges and here in part three, I will focus on solutions and options…

Challenges With Private Schools

Challenges With Private Schools: Day Schools, Bilingual Schools and International (English and French) Schools As I discussed in my last column, expatriates can encounter many challenges when they put their children into local Swiss schools. However, even choosing a private school is not necessarily easy when living abroad. In Zurich, for example, there is much…