Following a number of delays, the fourth private Islamic school in France will open its doors March 10, 2008. The _ducation et Savoir school will open one primary class for 10 students to complete the academic year. Beginning in the 2008-2009 school year, the school will accommodate 40 high school students. Located in the southern Parisian suburb of Vitry-sur-Seine (Val-de-Marne), the school will follow state-mandated curriculum and offer classes in Arabic and Islam. The school’s director, Mahmoud Awwad, claims that their biggest challenge has not been obtaining an operation license, but has been funding. The school has been funded by private donors and associations in France.

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