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Old 14.01.2009, 16:40
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Foreign Children in Swiss Public Schools

Hi there,
This is something I am so tired of, for three months all I have heard is complaints from expats parents with children in the Swiss public school system.
Personally I think the system is complete disaster, has no head at all and is meant to punish you for being foreign.
Children are mistreated, insulted, criticized, and damaged by an absurd system that still stuck in 1940!
Foreign children, independently of their capacities are placed in the lowest school level, this decision is made without considering the child capabilities but their non-Swiss upbringing condition.
Parents and children are bullied by teachers and Principals.
All the information is in German, Italian or French. There is no where to look for your rights and you normally start fighting from the very first day.
Today more than 20% of the population in Switzerland is foreign, and yet no Swiss laws assure the rights of this people. (as far as I know)
In Switzerland Children’s rights were ratified by Switzerland on the 24th February 1997 and entered into force on the 26th March 1997, as Article 11 of the Federal Constitution (These rights and obligations are largely derived from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) but as I can see everyday verbal abuse is not part of this agreement., apparently
If out there are any parents undergoing such stressful experience, please share it. So other can know that they are not alone.
If your experience has been quite nice share it too, and give hope to others.
If you have any knowledge regarding non-profit organizations, lawyers, public institutions that can support desperate parents share that knowledge here, please.

Personally I regret with all my heart our landing in Switzerland, in my opinion if you have children, this is not the place where you want to move your family.
I will homeschool my children if I have to, no one is going to call my child "donkey", "idiot" or similar and get away with it. No one will tear his homework in front of the class and tell that is garbage.
There are many "Sick" people out there. I have met some very nasty ones, but to be fare I met ONE wonderful person too.
That;s it, now let it flow...
Think Inside the Box, Welcome to Switzerland!!

Last edited by Judith Margaret; 07.03.2009 at 17:28. Reason: grammar
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