POST Luxembourg is releasing a commemorative series of 3 stamps as well as two special stamps on March 2018.
“SOS Kannerduerf Letzebuerg“ (SOS Children’s Village Luxembourg) will be especially honored this year. Their 50th anniversary stamp will be illustrated by a picture drawn by a children living at Kannerduerf Letzebuerg.
Furthermore, the 50th anniversary of the Association of Parents of Mentally Handicapped Children (APEMH) will show the slogan of the association that is “Together for an inclusive society.”
The last stamp of the commemorative series will refer to the 125 years of the „Lycée de Garçons“, the Boy’s High School in Luxembourg which was founded on 28 March 1892.
The first special stamp will be dedicated to the 50 years of NSPA „Nato Support and Procurement Agency“ in Luxembourg which has evolved to become NATO’s premier logistics services provider and life cycle management agency.
The second stamp points out to the European Year of Cultural Heritage of 2018 which mainly focusses of three topics: education and awareness, sustainable development and new technologies.
50 Years of “SOS Kannerduerf Lëtzebuerg”
Since 1968, “SOS Kannerduerf Lëtzebuerg” has undertaken to support children whose natural development is at risk as a result of traumatic experiences such as physical abuse or neglect.
At present, Kannerduerf Lëtzebuerg is monitoring some 300 children at its inpatient and outpatient facilities. “SOS Kannerduerf Lëtzebuerg” believes that no child should grow up alone and that every child needs someone to guide it in his or her young life with patience, persistence and kindness.
The main objective is to create protective living conditions for the child and to ensure a balance between a varied education and their personal freedom.
As Pablo Picasso would have said, inside every child lives an artist! It’s a great way to demonstrate that every one of us has the resources that are so vital to discover and develop. For this reason, “SOS Kannerduerf Lëtzebuerg” has decided to illustrate its 50th anniversary stamp with pictures drawn by children living at Kannerduerf Lëtzebuerg. The more you believe in a child and see the best in them, the more they will ultimately believe in themselves.
50th Anniversary of the APEMH
The APEMH, the Association of Parents of Mentally Handicapped Children, was established in 1967 and for more than 50 years has been serving people with intellectual disabilities of all ages and in all periods of life.
APEMH simultaneously draws on these 3 values:
• Personalisation (recognising and specifically responding to the particular needs of the individual and their family),
• Self-determination (encouraging and developing self-determination and autonomy in decision-making, choices and preferences in day-to-day and working life),
• Inclusion (ensuring that all plans consist of an inclusive process for people with intellectual disabilities)…The guiding principle behind the work of the professionals at the APEMH is to ensure good quality of life for the people affected.
To mark its anniversary, the APEMH wants to focus primarily on the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities, under the slogan of: “Zesumme fir eng inclusive Gesellschaft” (Together for an inclusive society).
Every year some 940 people benefit either on a permanent or one-off basis, from one or more of the services offered by the APEMH.
125 years of “Lycée de Garçons”
The 2017-2018 school year marks the 125th anniversary of the Lycée de Garçons, the Boys’ High School in Luxembourg. The institution was born on 28 March 1892, initially as the “École industrielle et commerciale”, the “Industrial and Commercial School”. It did not become the Lycée de Garçons de Luxembourg that we know today until later in its existence.
It traces its origins back to the mid-19th century when Luxembourg saw the advent, alongside outdated agriculture and crafts of new industries and financial institutions. Therefore, it was useful to set up a new school that could train engineers and accountants. In 1848, an “industrial school” was formed within the Athenaeum school, open to young people who would go on to the artistic, industrial and commercial fields.
Both schools initially stayed together in the same building: the National Library, next to Notre-Dame Cathedral. This overcrowded situation came to an end in 1908 when the pupils and teachers of the industrial school moved into their redbrick building in Limpertsberg designed by Gustave Serta.
During these 125 years, the Lycée de Garçons has spanned over three centuries and experienced two world wars, taking on secondary, technical and commercial education, classical education and university courses.
50 years of NSPA “Support and Procurement Agency” in Luxembourg
Founded in France in 1958 and based in Capellen since 1968, the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) – originally the NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA) – has evolved to become NATO’s premier logistics services provider and life cycle management agency.
Over the last 60 years, the capability portfolio has expanded from its origins supporting NATO countries’ weapon systems to offering an extensive range of products and services across three pillars of activity: Life Cycle Management, Support to Operations & Exercises, and Services. Likewise, the international staff at NSPA has grown to almost 1400 today.
Agency business is delivered under the auspices of the NATO Support and Procurement Organization which comprises the 29 NATO member states. NSPO’s mission is to provide responsive, effective and cost-efficient acquisition (including armaments procurement) and in-service support as well as logistics, infrastructure, engineering & construction, and medical support and services to the Allies and their Partners.
In most cases, NSPA delivers its products and services by calling on industry to meet nations’ individual or consolidated requirements. The Agency relies on its long experience and strong team of logistics and acquisition experts to ensure that customer expectations are met.
This 60th anniversary stamp is being issued to celebrate both the long history of the Agency’s support to NATO and to highlight its 50-year presence Luxembourg.
The European Year of Cultural Heritage
2018 has been announced as the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Cultural heritage includes tangible heritage, intangible heritage and digital heritage.
The aim is to reach a wide audience through a participative strategy and above all to raise awareness among the young generation. Therefore, Luxembourg has chosen for its launch the idea of cultural heritage as a cultural, social and economic resource for the future under the theme of “Heritage for Future”. It consists of three main topics:
• Cultural heritage and education/awareness
• Cultural heritage and sustainable development
• Cultural heritage and new technologies
To create an atmosphere of participation, the labelling process will continue throughout the whole of 2018 and projects can be submitted on the website, www.patrimoine2018.lu.