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New Zealand style education in Argentina

24 November 2008

News Release: For Immediate Release

New Zealand style education in Argentina

The educational landscape in Argentina is set for global change in March 2009 with the opening of the first New Zealand Pacific School set in the stunningly beautiful province of Buenos Aires.

After the astounding success of 'Learnimmersion Australasian Language Training Centre' located in Downtown Buenos Aires, the centre's CEO and founder Rodrigo Fabris is now embarking on this even more ambitious project.

The US$3.5 million education complex is being constructed at Comarcas de Lujan, a former traditional Argentinian ranch which is now an upmarket housing development near the historic city of Luján. It will offer a well-rounded trilingual education from kindergarten level upwards.

“This project is unique and highly innovative, as it offers students the opportunity to become fluent in English, Spanish and another nominated language, while also participating in a full academic curriculum that includes information and communication technologies, arts and physical education,” says Mr Fabris.

Mr Fabris notes the school will offer nationally endorsed programmes and international certifications combined with the International Baccalaurete programme.

“In today’s global market education is the most dominant force as the determinant of economic well-being, technological advancement and socio-cultural and political development of nations and peoples,” says Mr Fabris.

“New Zealand has one of the leading educational systems in the world with a widely recognised high rate of secondary students progressing to succeed in tertiary education. We want to adapt New Zealand’s unique syllabus to fit the Argentine environment and draw the best from both educational systems,” he says.

The mission of the New Zealand Pacific School is to provide students with a solid grounding in academics, social awareness and the capability of integrating into the cultures of both Argentina and New Zealand, with the knowledge that language is the key to understanding cultures.

“The school will sit strongly on ideological and theoretical fundamentals,” says Mr Fabris. “We aim to have an internationally respected body of staff featuring high academic achievers. Our students will obtain a well-balanced education that will highlight important learning factors as critical and creative thinking, social, political and environmental consciousness of the realities of our globalised world.”

Mr Fabris believes the graduates of this school will be future leaders and activators in their countries and throughout the wider world in the forthcoming century.

Mr Fabris will be in New Zealand from the 24th November to 3rd December 2008 promoting the new school and forging relationships with other academic institutions.

ENDS

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