"The educational structure of Andorra is composed of three systems, which is the result of a history of balance and harmony in our country that all Governments have been eager to maintain and enhance. If we want citizens to build a better world, investment in education is a fundamental tool. I insist on Andorra’s commitment to education to be present in the international agenda and to cooperate in initiatives that will contribute to achieve the envisaged objectives" – Head of Government Antoni Martí

Watch the video message from Andorra's Head of Government Antoni Marti

 

A peace treaty signed in 1278 between the Count of Foix and the Bishop of Urgell is the origin of the institutional system of the Principality of Andorra. Since then, more than 700 years of peace and neutrality have marked the history of this country, located in the middle of the Pyrenees, which in 1993 approved its Constitution and joined the United Nations and the Council of Europe.

Despite being a country of 468 km2 with 70,000 inhabitants, more than 100 nationalities live together contributing to an open and multicultural society.

Andorra has set the priority on education as a tool for the promotion of democratic values, respect for human rights and the rule of law. The country is particularly committed to this priority not only in the promotion of its international cooperation, but also at the national level.

The educational structure of the Principality of Andorra is based on the existence of three different systems in its territory: Andorran, French and Spanish.
The government of Andorra is committed to providing free public education. This assures access to an education network which promotes interculturality. This particularity, in a society with its own identity, is considered to be a positive and crucial value for social cohesion. This educational model has allowed the country to integrate harmoniously the migratory flows during the last decades.
The commitment for teaching languages is another aspect of education which reflects the multilingualism of the Andorran society. 

The respect for differences is also revealed in the programme for the inclusion of students with functional diversity which enables their integration in ordinary schools through individualized support.

Communication and learning technologies are present in Andorran schools through a unique national programme that guarantees its development, foresees and responds to the needs generated by innovative projects.

The execution of joint projects, related to humanistic, linguistic or scientific aspects, gives a special projection to those issues which are considered relevant. In that sense, the different perspectives offered by the three educational systems enhance the pedagogical discussion.

Andorra believes that only education can give its citizens the tools to live in peace and harmony, and the mechanisms to make its society evolve into a new sustainable and equitable model. Andorra will share its experiences and distinct educational features, and lead by example to contribute to the objectives of the Global Education First Initiative.

Listen to the remarks made by Andorra's Head of Government, H.E. Mr. Antoni Marti at the Global Education First Initiative's high-level event 'Quality Education for the World We Want'.

 

Weblinks

Government of Andorra: http://www.govern.ad
Ministry of Education and Youth of Andorra: http://www.educacio.ad
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Andorra: http://www.exteriors.ad

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