Federal Department of Home Affairs / Federal Office of Culture
The Federal Office of Culture belongs to the Federal Department of Home Affairs. It supports and promotes the education of young Swiss abroad by funding 18 Swiss schools on four continents. They are supervised by the local Swiss Embassies. Hence, Swiss children and adolescents living on foreign soil have the opportunity to enjoy an education based upon Swiss principles and to maintain close links with their home country. It also allows them to transfer to schools in Switzerland or into the country’s higher education system at any given moment. Swiss cultural presence abroad is also promoted as Swiss schools are important hubs for different cultures to encounter.
Educationsuisse is the coordination agency for the 18 Swiss schools abroad. Their main task is to represent the interests of these schools in relation to the public, economy and authorities in Switzerland. Each summer, they organize an annual three-day conference of Swiss schools abroad where school presidents and directors meet to attend panels and workshops, exchange information and best practices.
Sponsor canton of Lucerne
The canton of Lucerne is the sponsor canton of RIS Swiss Section-Deutschsprachige Schule Bangkok. Each Swiss school abroad is pedagogically and administratively supervised by at least one canton. They support the advantageous purchase of school material, student exchange activities, recruitment and preparatory training for new teaching staff as well as further training for existing teaching staff. Financial aid may also be provided in case of investment projects. Furthermore, they pay regular evaluation visits to the schools.
Embassy of Switzerland Bangkok
Central Agency for German Schools Abroad (ZfA)
RIS Swiss Section-Deutschsprachige Schule Bangkok is also part of the network of 140 German schools abroad that are sponsored by the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA) on behalf of the German Federal Foreign Office. With financial support and excellent teachers from the Federal Republic of Germany, students of German schools abroad may obtain a bilingual education and German school leaving certificates.
Federation-Länder Commission for Schools Abroad (BLASchA) / Conference of the Culture Ministers (KMK)
The BLASchA is a committee of the KMK that is the assembly of ministers for education of each federal state in Germany. In the BLASchA delegates from federal states and the state of Germany work together to coordinate the field of schools abroad, whereas basic questions concerning German schools abroad as well as individual pedagogic, school management and didactic issues are discussed and statements on the German school systems abroad are drafted. Each year a federal delegate is sent to RIS Swiss Section-Deutschsprachige Schule Bangkok to chair the Secondary I examinations. RIS Swiss Section-Deutschsprachige Schule Bangkok has direct contact to the KMK in the process of organizing the exams of the German Language Diploma (DSD).
German Embassy Bangkok
RIS Swiss Section-Deutschsprachige Schule Bangkok is a member of the International Schools Association of Thailand (ISAT), established in 1994, that acts as the links between its 102 member schools to the Ministry of Education and the Office of the Private Education Commission in particular.
Ruamrudee International School (RIS), founded in 1957 by the Roman-Catholic Congregation of the Redemptorists, is one of the longest established international schools in Thailand. For licensing reasons, the RIS Swiss Section is registered as the German-speaking department of RIS.
More than 1000 students studying at RIS, either according to the US curriculum or the International Baccaulaureate (IB) program, share a common school infrastructure (auditorium, English-language library, canteen, clinic, swimming pools and many other sports facilities) with our Swiss Section students. Furthermore, RIS shares a number of administrative services with our school.