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Source: Swiss Canton of Uri – news in German

October 1, 2020

The cooperation between the Education and Culture Directorate of the Canton of Uri (BKD) and what is now Uri’s El Gouna School (Egypt), which began in 2019, has resulted in new fields of cooperation at the grass-roots level with a local school. The Ursern District School and the El Gouna School in Uri will work together for the next two school years as part of a school partnership.


The government council of the canton of Uri decided in 2019 that the canton of Uri should provide educational advice and support on a voluntary basis for today’s Uri school El Gouna (Egypt) in a three-year pilot test. The modalities for a three-year pilot project were regulated in a project agreement between the canton of Uri and the school in El Gouna. Overall, the project work started successfully. The cooperation that has started also results in areas of cooperation at the grassroots level with a local school.


Due to this initial situation, it was obvious for the Education and Culture Directorate to enter into a dialogue with the school board and school management about any involvement of the Ursern district school (Andermatt) as a partner school. The school board then discussed this plan with the specialist appointed by the Education and Culture Directorate. Finally, in March 2020, the Ursern district school board agreed to a bilateral cooperation with the Uri school El Gouna. The modalities between the two partner schools were regulated by means of a project agreement.


Several fields of cooperation

The lessons and their content are based on curriculum 21 in both Ursern and El Gouna. The language of instruction in El Gouna – especially in the main subjects German, mathematics and nature, people and society – is German. Under these conditions, the following fields of cooperation are conceivable:


The pupils exchange information about history, geography, culture, language, etc. virtually via internet platforms, networks or by e-mail in German and / or English.
The children and the two schools introduce each other.
The two schools work on a joint project during the school year.
The collaboration offers space for exchange and reflection among teachers from both schools.


In order to collect ideas for the concrete implementation with the students and to get to know each other, all participating teachers met for a starting event in Andermatt in August 2020. The home leave of the Swiss teachers employed in El Gouna made this meeting possible in a lively atmosphere. Following this, the participating pupils from both schools introduced each other with a short film portrait. By the end of the year, the pupils each want to create a film portrait of their own school location.


Educational Council welcomes the partnership

At its meeting on June 17, 2020, the education council of the canton of Uri took note of the current status of the school partnership between the Ursern district school and the El Gouna school in Uri. The Education Council welcomes this form of cooperation. He is convinced that this intercultural school partnership will open up new dimensions for the education of the pupils of the two partner schools, which all those involved are looking forward to exploring.


Inquiries from media professionals: Government Councilor Beat Jörg, Director of Education and Culture and President of the Education Council, phone 041 875 22 55, e-mail

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

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