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Parliamentary commission on education of the Bavarian Landtag visits Quebec from April 30 to May 3 to gain insight into Quebec’s education system

21.04.2016



The commission members attended a presentation by Quebec Delegate General in Munich for a quick overview of the school system in Quebec. Picture DGQM | courtoisie

Building on the existing cooperation between the Bavarian Landtag (Parliament) and the Quebec National Assembly, the Bavarian parliamentary commission on education will visit the partner region Quebec from April 30 to May 3 to gain insights into the local education system and policies.

On Monday May 2, they will attend a presentation by the Montreal School Board (CSDM) of the public school system in Quebec, primarily focused on integration of students with learning disabilities or migration background. The Bavarian MdL (members of the Landtag) will also have the opportunity to discuss what they’ve learned with some members of Quebec's National Assembly. On the following day, a field trip will take the Bavarian parliamentary group to the high school École Lucien-Pagé in Montreal, where they get more concrete throughout meetings with staff members of the school about the integration of students with disabilities or migration backgrounds.

Their North America visit will then lead them to Vancouver and further, Seattle, where the local circumstances, systems and policies will stand at the focus of discussions.

The parliamentary commission for education is one of the 13 permanent dedicated commissions of the Bavarian Landtag. It seats 18 MdLs in total, 10 of which from the conservative CSU party, 4 from social-democratic SPD, 2 from Freie Wähler (free voters, liberal), and 2 from Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (green party). Their work mainly focuses on the education policies in Bavaria. In recent years, the commission dealt extensively with the recommendations of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, whereby inclusive schools should be put into practice for a better integration of all people into society, be they in need of special education support or not.