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Forel International School

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The founder of the school, Zarin Buckingham with her spouse, at the launch ceremony of their daughter's album on May 29, 2012 in Prague.

Forel International School was a Baháʼí-inspired school located in Bratislava, Slovakia, named after Auguste Forel to whom ʻAbdu'l-Bahá had addressed his Tablet to Dr. Forel. Teaching was based on the theory of Multiple Intelligences, using the Inquiry-based learning method. The curriculum of each of the three entities, the pre-school, the elementary school and the high school were carefully designed as a global curriculum, consisting of the best of what was available in the different countries of the world - instruction was in English, combined with Slovak from Pre-K to 7th grade (as of 2007). After 2007 the school added grades 8-12 and was accredited by the University of Cambridge International Education. In 2010, The School's Curriculum was approved and accredited by the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic as an International Curriculum.

Originally known under the name Forel International School, it was established by Swiss expat Zarin Buckingham.[1][2]


  • The school was accredited by both Cambridge International Examinations and the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic. The curriculum was studied, approved and positively recommended by the Slovak Federal Institute of Education - For Grades Pre-K to 12.


  • In cooperation with the American Embassy, Afghan-American Tooba Mayel, from a Kabul-based NGO called Arzu which hires Afghan women to make carpets and market them throughout the world, visited Slovakia on December 6, 2007. In return for higher wages earned for carpet weaving, families of more than 700 women working for Arzu must agree to send children under age 15 to school full-time and to attend literacy classes. During her visit in Slovakia, Ms. Mayel visited many places including Forel International School, where she spoke to a classroom of about 30 engaged students between the ages of 11 and 14. The children became particularly interested in the idea of designing a carpet that the Afghan weavers could then make.[3]
  • AIESEC in Slovakia held its Supervisory Group meeting at the school in 2007.


  • Celeste Buckingham


  1. "Swiss are punctual, Scots and Slovaks love their pubs". The Slovak Spectator. Petit Press. 2002-07-15. spectator.sme.sk. Retrieved 2013-03-09.
  2. Dugovičová, Kristína (2011-04-22). "Sebavedomá". Plus 7 dní (in Slovak). SPOLOČNOSŤ 7 PLUS, s.r.o. plus7dni.pluska.sk. Archived from the original on 2011-04-26. Retrieved 2013-02-13. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  3. Embassy Events - Tooba Mayel speaks at Forel International School Archived January 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine U.S. Department of State, accessed Jan. 5th, 2008

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