Vive la France! International French school opens in Marbella!

Marbella welcomed its first international French school with the official opening of efin last week.

Carmen Díaz, Director of Culture and Education, and Remedios Bocanegra, Delegate for Foreign Residents, were among the guests at the official inauguration of efim (École Française Internationale de Marbella), the first French educational centre in Marbella.

Founders of the new school, Rubí Cortés (General Director) and Philippe de Carlos (Head Teacher), have based efim on four fundamental pillars: first, a holistic vision of education that combines traditional education with the Montessori, Freinet, Gattegno y Feuerstein methods. Next is trilingualism (French, Spanish and English), the happiness and well-being of children and finally the ‘digital and scientific culture’.

Marbella City Council has enthusiastically welcomed the new school. Remedios Bocanegra commented, “The opening of the École Francaise Internationale de Marbella consolidates the excellence of our city in the educational field. It adds to the important number of international schools that Marbella has,
thus expanding the educational offer in a city as cosmopolitan and international as ours”.

Vincent Perrot, Cultural Advisor Counsellor of the Cooperation Service of the French Embassy in France, highlighted “the
importance of this new school, which now joins the network of 540 French schools in 130 countries. The originality of efim lies in teaching in three languages (French, Spanish and English) based on a system that seeks the best way for a student to learn, and at the same time to develop personally as members of a globalised world”.

The school, which opened in September with the support of the AEFE (Agency for French Teaching Abroad), is located in the heart of Marbella and
has more than 70 students. It currently has kindergarten and primary students, although there are plans to add a secondary school in the near

Philippe de Carlos commented, “The French-speaking community in Marbella has grown exponentially in recent years and it was, therefore, essential to have a French education centre in the area. .

Marbella has experienced a considerable increase in foreign populations since the beginning of the pandemic, with many French-speaking families deciding to relocate from both France and Morocco, and efim provides a valuable addition to the education options that are available.

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