Partners – Germany
General information about the Ludwig-Erhard-Schule Neuwied
Going to school usually means more than having only lessons. That’s something that the students of the Ludwig-Erhard-Schule (abbr. LES), one of the biggest vocational training schools for economics in Rhineland-Palatinate, are able to experience every day. Almost 2500 students are taught by 140 teachers in 10 different types of schools which are placed under one roof. Since 2015 the Ludwig-Erhard-Schule is an officially recognized UNESCO project school and European school.
For some years our school is now working sustainably and emphatic on a lot of different and diverse projects that are of importance for the globalized modern world: “intercultural education” and “a peaceful way of living together” are only two examples of what is taken for granted in everyday school life. In doing so the LES tries to develop and encourage equally the talents, preferences, skills and competences of all young people.
With their support the teachers prepare the students for the exams and they function as well as a role model for them in promoting the students’ self-learning competence, a joint responsibility and a high commitment to reach a good performance. The Ludwig-Erhard-Schule opens up new and promising vistas for their students’ future career. Regular trainings of the teachers enable our school to develop further potentials which allow us to take part in the constant economic, technical and social change.
In doing so the LES contributes to the various inter-professional educational measures by being a solid partner in the dual training process which takes over a joint responsibility for the professional, methodical and social competences of the young people. The LES prepares their students for the constantly changing business and working world in cooperation with the local companies. During the last years around 1800 apprentices have always been taught in 90-100 classes each year in the vocational school of the LES. Furthermore it offers a wide range of educational possibilities beyond the compulsory education prescribed by law like the vocational college, the technical vocational college, the higher vocational school, technical college and the vocational grammar school. This variety in courses of education strengthens the equivalence of vocational and general education and thus makes a major contribution in the penetrability of the educational system which again offers the students a chance to achieve a further graduation like a secondary school diploma, an advanced technical college certificate and a general matriculation standard. It is therefore not surprising that the health and social affairs sector of our grammar school, which is a cooperative work of the LES and the Alice-Salomon-Schule in Linz (Germany), is as popular as the economic sector.
Besides all economic origin the LES has got an examination centre for the European computer driving licence (ECDL) which provides the necessary know-how of information technologies. Due to the internationalisation and a merging Europe, languages like English, French, Spanish became more and more relevant so that the Ludwig-Erhard-Schule offers bilingual instruction classes as well and makes it possible for its students to take an additional foreign language certificate in English provided by the standing conference of the German ministers of education and cultural affairs.
One of the main focuses of the school development programme of the Ludwig-Erhard-Schule besides the further development of the professional competence is as well the further development in the areas of teaching, teamwork, further training, continuing education and the promotion of the peaceful life together at school. That is why the Ludwig-Erhard-Schule also counts on extracurricular competences which are promoted by our voluntary school teams. Each year the often honoured student magazine persuades its readers with interesting articles and the drama group attracts sell-out crowds. Other projects focus on the development of the social competences and moral courage of the students like the training to become a mediator in conflict situations and the starting aids for refugees.