I think we all want to be able to chat to the locals - even if it is just the basics. People always appreciate your making an effort and you also get to learn more about the local culture and your neighbours through doing so. Sometimes, just by seeming to make the effort of conversing daily, you will be well regarded and invited to events such as weddings, birthdays and harvest related gathering such as wine making (not to mention the 1000 other reasons the Portuguese have a knees-up). Many local events go on with only word of mouth used to communicate them - it would be a shame to miss out.
3 levels for beginners, intermediate and advanced.
Each level has one lesson per week, 7pm - 9:30pm, from September - June at Escola EB2,3 S. Pedro Ferreiro, Ferreira do Zêzere.
What you need to know about the system of schools in Portugal, and how to register your child.
The Primary Education system in Portugal was changed in 2005, with many smaller schools closing. What there is now is a comprehensive and well coordinated system of Primary Education that is being studied by many other European Countries. The other change was to the period of compulsory education.
For children starting in Year 1 in 2006 Compulsory education in Portugal lasts 12 years, taking pupils from the age of six to eighteen. In state-run (public) schools this basic education is free. Financial assistance may be available for extra expenses such as school meals, transport and textbooks, depending on the family's circumstances, but you need to be working and paying Social Security in Portugal.
For children at school now in years 6 - 9 (ages 12 - 15) the Secondary Level is still optional. Secondary Education is covered in separate article about Higher Education.
The Ministry of Education (Ministério da Educação) is responsible for the administration of state schools in Portugal.
Secondary School (Ensino Secundário)
This is the equivalent of 6th Form or College in The UK.
There are 2 categories for Secondary Education at the moment in Portugal.
1. If your child is in years 5 - 9 then they still have a choice whether to continue their education in Secondary School.
2. If your child started school in year 1 during or after 2006 then Secondary School is now compulsory.
This is the absolute latest information about the education systems here in Portugal, which changed in 2006.
Education is Compulsory in Portugal and lasts 12 years, taking pupils from the age of six to eighteen (pupils who started year 1 before 2006 can finish after year 9). There are also creches available (mostly private) and Pre-escola (pre-school, formarly known as Jardim de Infância). Pre-schools are usually state funded and available from 3 years old.
In state-run (public) schools this basic education is free. Financial assistance may be available for extra expenses such as school meals, transport and textbooks, depending on the family's circumstances.
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