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French school thrives despite crisis

French school thrives despite crisis Fifty per cent of the French School's students are Cypriot

Despite the economic crisis, student numbers at the fee-paying French-Cypriot School of Nicosia (EFCN) have increased by 15 per cent since it first opened in September 2012, the school’s headmaster announced yesterday.

“We are expecting more children, with enrolment for the next school year beginning in March, as many parents informed us that they would not enrol for the 2013-2014 academic year due to the crisis. They told us they would be joining us the following year,” said headmaster, Olivier Sadok.

The school is part of the worldwide network of the Agency for French Teaching Abroad (AEFE) which is administered by the French foreign ministry that assures the quality of schools teaching the French national curriculum outside of France.

“Our school offers a unique education, both within Cyprus and the global AEFE network. Our pedagogical theory is based on the successful co-operation of two streams; one French language and one Greek language, with common subjects taught in French, and a rich and efficient foreign language programme,” a school statement said.

Today, the EFCN has 182 students of whom 118 are in the primary school and 64 in the high school. More than 30 per cent of the students are in the Greek language stream.

“Half of our students are Cypriot which shows that many Cypriot families who are interested in this unique education for their children are putting their faith in our school,” the headmaster said.

Sadok added that the EFCN also attracts families from different cultures, meaning that all the children are exposed to a multicultural and diverse school environment.

EFCN will be holding its second annual ‘Open Doors’ event on February 8 from 10am onwards. The event will be open to everyone.

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