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Youth and Education

Day care for babies and toddlers, after school care, clubs and courses are available for all ages. There are also a lot of public and private organizations that cater to the needs of our youngsters.

But adequate skills are not only for the young to master, there are myriad possibilities for adults to further themselves: From language courses to technical training, and from general knowledge to cookery classes.


There are many public and private schools located on the island. Public schools are free, and attendance is required. The educational system in Curaçao is based on the Dutch system, and schools on the island meet the high standards applicable to institutions in the Netherlands. Most primary schools teach the first years in Papiamento and switch to Dutch when children reach 5th grade, when they are approximately 8 years old.

The Curaçao educational system includes schools for elementary, secondary, technical, higher and limited university education, as well as schools for vocational training, in Dutch. Those attending the University of the Netherlands Antilles (UNA) at this time may pursue degrees in Law, Technical Engineering, Business Administration or attend teacher Training College. Recently a Medical university and a general University have settled on the island.

Completely Dutch/Dutch based and American style education is also available.


School Holidays 2008/2009 (with reservation)

1st day of school August 6
Fall break October 6 - October 12
Antilles Day October 21
Christmas December 22 - January 4
Kids Carnival February 16
Carnival February 23 - February 25
Easter April 9 - April 19
Queens Day April 30
Labor Day May 1
Ascension May 21 - May 22
Summer vacation June 29 - August 5