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Little Known Facts about Education in the Netherlands?

We would like to tell you about the Netherlands’ school education, because their higher education is the theme of a separate article.

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Each country has its own special educational system. Different systems of education have their own advantages and disadvantages, pluses and minuses. The Netherlands are not the exception. This country also has its own peculiar educational system. We would like to tell you about the Netherlands’ school education, because their higher education is the theme of a separate article.

Parents in the Netherlands have a right to choose school for their child or children. All children aged from five to eighteen and live in the Netherlands must achieve compulsory education according to their laws. Children who are five years old and till twelve receive full-time for one or two years.

The Netherlands’ children have equal opportunities for achieving education. Schools with special religious or pedagogic principles of education have an equal status with public schools and the same state funding. There are also numerous private schools.

Taking into account your location, finances, nationality, the age of your children, etc. you can choose local or international schools for your children. Parents have to register their child at the chosen school. To learn all the information about a particular school you can visit its website or read a brochure. The great number of children (almost 90 percent) start visiting school at the age of three to get their early education. If a child is not a native Dutch, s/he can visit schools with special educational programs for them from the age two to six.

There are such types of schools in the Netherlands:

Public schools. They give secular education and are state schools. However, some of them base their education on some philosophic or special pedagogic principles.

Private schools. The majority of these schools follow specific religious (Protestant, Islamic, etc.) or philosophic principles. They are equal financially with public schools and are free, however, sometimes you can pay for some things 9for example, school trips).

International schools. They are of two types (international primary and international secondary schools) and they are for non-Dutch children from all over the world.

Private international schools. In these schools is used an international curriculum (like in international schools) or a specific national one 9British, German, Korean, etc.). sometimes the learning in such schools is in the corresponding native language.

Special schools. These schools are for children and for teachers with special needs.

Ipad schools. There are 22 such schools in the Netherlands from 2014. They are called ‘Steve Jobs schools’ and are government-funded. Children use in these schools iPads and different educational apps instead of traditional school equipment.

There are also many schools of different levels which provide bilingual education for children.

About the Author:

Stacy Green is creative writer with blogging expertise including such topics as science, technology, education and psychology. Currently she is one of essay writers at the educational website.

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Being from Jordan I would say our education system has its own cons and pros, but two things I would love if I learned about them in school (finance and nutrition), both are very critical to our life but yet we don't get enough education about them !