In one day, students should be able to discover all the possibilities available to them for their future choices. This is at least the goal of the country’s first Scholfoire.
Today we have a very diversified offer, now we have to invest in guidance “, Claude Meisch, Minister of National Education, Childhood and Youth insisted several times yesterday, on the occasion of the country’s first Scholfoire at Luxexpo The Box.” At a given time and place, you need to be able to see all the offers that exist. “A possibility that was missing in previous years.
A group of girls calls her, happy to meet in the corridors, near the booth dedicated to the ministry, the person who embodies it. Quickly, it is Claude Meisch who takes the hand and takes the opportunity to question the students: “Why are you here, what do you want to do?”, An opportunity to take the pulse of the event. “They already have contacts with a high school, they have a very precise idea of what they want to do”, summarizes the minister.
Many classes trample the YEP (Youth, Education, Professions) Schoulfoire fair, 240 in all that will come in the three days, during school hours, or 6,250. One hundred and sixty-one core classes booked a presentation from a high school of their choice.
“I am very proud of this very varied educational landscape that is increasingly suited to the different cultures, languages and populations of the country with schools, projects and sections increasingly suited to different needs. There are also all the formative possibilities ”, the minister specifies. “We are no longer in the days when leaving school there were only three options, now there are endless possibilities”. To take full advantage of them, you still need to know them, a role these three days should play. “It is about those who will go from basic education to secondary school, with lessons in music, sports or even language … How much of those who will leave secondary school for the next cycle, towards a more academic or professional path”.
Will the parents be there?
“For the first time, we have a quarter of the fourth year cycles,” cheers Luc Belling, head of platform organization for Script, who is collaborating with the ministry in creating the show. “We also have some fifths who also deal with orientation. At the moment, we have a lot of people on school hours. The test will be to see if the offer also interests parents, if they will travel in the afternoon, especially on Tuesdays. (Today) afternoon. Because for private individuals, no registration or reservation is required to come.
What is considered to be the largest event around school and crafts this year spans 17,000m2 in three different rooms. In the first the noise is hellish, but it indicates that many young people are at work, whether in construction, mechanics or gardening … Electric saw, hammers, pencils to draw floral representations, heat on the occasion of the national competition for trades and professionals LuxSkills. In the other rooms the ministry, its services, its public administrations and its projects are presented, as well as the high schools of the whole country.
A scholarship for apprenticeship contracts, the Léierplazendag, should also enable many young people to find their place. About fifty discovery laboratories are offered.
Elsewhere, young women are getting a facial, what better way to be convinced by training in the beauty industry. On the other hand, firefighters or even communication circles are represented.
Clara Dos Santos (17) and Mariana Lopes (16), of the Ettelbruck Technical School, did not find the information that interested her about their professional project, nursing assistant. “But we were able to discover other professions such as hairdressing or the police.” Tests that reinforced their choice. Their girlfriend, Carolina Da Silva (15), wants to become an educator, the latter has found all the necessary advice and is even more confident than ever of her choice of hers. Their class stayed from 9am to 2pm, enough for them to explore the entire platform independently.
Young people leave with their hands full of goodies, objects they have made and their heads full of information and dreams for the future.
Often overlooked technology sectors
Among the workshops offered, that of the makerspace of the Guillaume-Kroll high school which attracts young people with a badge to put around the neck on which students can write their name and highlight it thanks to a colored LED. “We have several businesses, 3D printing, laser cutting and electronics that are always part of the creation to develop this part. Many are afraid to undertake its activities, they must be brought there ”, explains Maurizio Spagnuolo, professor of computer science. “We were among the first makerspaces in the country, five or six years ago when we started.” An extracurricular activity around technology that has something to appeal to prospective high school students.
Fabiano Alessandro, in his third year at the University of Reims, came to do an internship to become a computer teacher. He helps supervise the workshop and what better ambassador for the school since he himself went there as part of a BTS Cloud Computing. “It is thanks to these studies that I can now go to university.” He is happy to show the young people who come to the laboratory the possibilities offered by computers thanks to this small laboratory: “It’s not just the Internet”.
The technology sectors, be they IT, robotics, graphics, etc., represent an important theme for the event because the latter, due to their novelty, are still little known. However, they offer a multitude of training courses in areas that have a great future.