Commemoratives 2014 from Luxembourg

March 11th, 2014

Luxembourg post issued three special commemorative stamps to celebrate three national anniversaries: LASEP 50 Years, FNEL – 100 Years of Scouting in Luxembourg and Ligue HMC 50 Years.

LASEP's 50th anniversary

Following the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, the COL (Luxembourg Olympic Circle) organized a round table aimed at promoting sport in schools. Ady Pierrard, a teacher in the city of Luxembourg, had the idea of organizing extracurricular sports in our schools, following the example of USEP, similar organization in France and LASEL existing in Luxembourg's secondary schools.

LASEP (Sports League of Primary Schools) was officially founded on 23 January 1964. Its first president was Leon Bollendorf. In 1977, the Ministry of Sports made a fully furnished office available to LASEP in Luxembourg-Pulvermuhl. In 1993, LASEP received the keys to its new registered office in Luxembourg-Gare, and at the end of 2006, LASEP's General Secretariat moved to the "Maison des Sports" in Strassen.

Over the years, LASEP's members, the "LASEPistes" have worked to promote sport in schools, establish adequate training for their teachers and leaders and have the autonomy of the league laid down in the Schools Act of 6 February 2009 as an extracurricular and after-school institution.

Today, LASEP can be proud of its 50 years of "multisport" and recreational activities full of drive and enthusiasm, for students aged between 3 and 12 years attending primary school in Luxembourg.

Every year, on a national and regional level, LASEP sets out a sporting calendar with a large number of festivals and sporting events in which children from across the country have the opportunity to come together and play sport in a spirit of fair play and camaraderie.

LASEP also organizes training sessions for over 5400 graduates working in around fifty sports associations.

100 years of scouting in Luxembourg

Impressed by Baden Powell's basic ideas of scouting and by the philosophical leanings of its supporters, from 1913, the teacher Joseph Tockert, became firmly committed to launching the scouting movement in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg.

In 1914, the first true group of boy scouts, "Les Eclaireurs de l’Athenee", took shape.

In 1922, the FNEL (National Federation of Luxembourg Scouts) became a founding member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, the world's largest youth movement.

Today, the National Federation of Scouts and Guides forms a large group of peers: it has 2,500 active members, both girls and boys, aged from 6 to 26, located throughout the country in 27 local groups.

Scouts are committed to the FNEL's motto: Together creating a better world! The FNEL is a secular scouting movement, it teaches moral and ethical values based on free thought and mutual tolerance.

As a non-formal educational movement, its mission is to pass on the values of SOLIDARITY, TOLERANCE and DEMOCRACY to young people.

The method FNEL uses to achieve its goal has changed very little over the past 100 years: "learning by doing", life in nature, teamwork, leadership experience, responsibility and personal development goals.

During weekly meetings, trips, weekends or camps, the youngsters take part in a varied and informative programme, peppered with games and experiences.

The scouting movement's contribution to the development of young people is made possible thanks to the 100% voluntary commitment of some 400 young adults.

Ligue HMC's 50th anniversary

Ligue HMC, founded in 1963, works towards the social, cultural and professional integration of mentally handicapped people.

Ligue HMC's services and facilities are adapted to the needs and abilities of people with disabilities and are aimed at tailoring support in view of developing the independence of the people concerned: training, work, sheltered workshops, accommodation, daycare, recreational activities, meetings and counselling services.

All those involved in Ligue HMC- the mentally handicapped people, staff and volunteers - work together to promote the association's evolution through innovative projects and to defend the rights of people with disabilities.

Together, they embrace the common values of well-being, independence, citizen participation, responsibility and mutual respect.


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