Treaty of ElyséeOn Monday, January 23 Eurocampus Manila organized the celebration of the 54th anniversary of the signing of the Elysée Treaty on Monday. This important date of Franco-German friendship was celebrated by students, parents and friends of both schools with the Ambassadors of France and Germany in a three-part ceremony. During the first part we heard the welcoming speeches of the principals Mr. Jean-Marc Aubry and Andreas Thiergen as well as the Ambassadors Mr. Thierry Mathou and Dr. Gordon Kricke. A mixed choir of GESM and LFM students presented the chanson "Les Champs Élysées" by Joe Dassin. Then students presented their skills in foreign languages by explaining why they learn German and French.
In the second part our new science labs presented themselves in showing entertaining physical and chemical experiments to the visitors. This presentation took place during a guided tour through one of the new Eurocampus buildings.
The final point was a football friendly with a kick-off done by the Ambassadors.
On the occasion of this celebration the German Ambassador Dr. Kricke also handed over the DSD-I-language diplomas to these students of GESM who in 2016 passed the language examinations successfully.
Speech of the Head of School Mr. Andreas Thiergen
Esteemed Ambassadors, dear students, dear parents, dear guests,
we the principals of GESM and LFM are happy to welcome you to the Celebration of the 54th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty.
In politically troubled times where we can see disturbing and irritating tendencies for re-nationalization and isolation both of us are happy to welcome you to a celebration which fosters an example of friendship and cooperation.
The signing of the Elysée Treaty 54 years ago and the Celebration of its anniversary today with the official opening of the new science laboratories of Eurocampus give a good example of what can be achieved for our students through cooperation and joint efforts.
As we see the EU in an unprecedented political crisis the Eurocampus progress here in Paranaque makes us even happier.
In exactly one year we will not be able to convene in this auditorium anymore. Next July this building will be torn down and then replaced by a huge construction with a state of the art auditorium, with music and art studios and additional class rooms.
This renovation project gives evidence of the exemplary French-German cooperation in the field of education.
What makes it worth the effort ?
It is only for the benefit of our students, our students from over 50 countries and nothing else.
That´s what we are proud of and that´s why today we have a good opportunity to celebrate the Treaty of Elysée and Eurocampus.
Thank you very much