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Liechtenstein/ 8.3 Arts and cultural education  

8.3.3 Intercultural education

Since 2003, Liechtenstein's secondary schools have offered the subject "Religion and Culture". This elective is non-denominational. As a result of the culture and history of the Western world, Christianity assumes a key role. However, other major religions, their histories, their ethics and their cultural impact are also studied. Classes deal with religions and the significance of religious attitudes in personal life, society and culture.

The full-time "Formatio" school operates in accordance with the curriculum of the Liechtenstein primary and secondary schools. The languages of instruction are German and English. Among the private school's principal goals and major emphases are the promotion of creativity, development of personality, knowledge of foreign languages and ability to work in a team. 

The Liechtenstein Waldorf School operates according to the teaching methods of the Rudolf Steiner tradition. The content of the school's curriculum is virtually identical to that of public schools. Unique to the Waldorf School is the subject Eurhythmics, the art of harmonious and expressive bodily movement in response to the spoken word, vocal and instrumental music. Foreign language instruction (English and French) is offered starting in the first class.

Many children of foreign executives and of individuals employed in Liechtenstein industry and banking attend the International School Rheintal in Buchs, Switzerland. In 2008, the first of these private school students received the international baccalaureate. At universities worldwide, this examination is highly regarded, since the young people exhibit a broad and vast knowledge. Parents, teachers and children work together in an atmosphere of tolerance and mutual understanding towards many nations and cultures.

For more information, see our Intercultural Dialogue section.

Chapter published: 12-11-2014

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