Updated 2020-05-03

LuDUS  (startup)

Project of a public Learning Centre for Democracy, Mindfulness and Self-direction in Luxembourg
Georges Pfeiffenschneider organizing team member
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(+352) 621768119
Address: 6A, rue de la Forêt
City: Gosseldange
Postal Code: 7432
Country: Luxembourg
Brussels, Cologne, Metz


The abbreviation LuDUS is a Latin word meaning both ‘school’, ‘training’ and ‘game’, ‘sport’, ‘fun’, ‘entertainment’. It expresses the spirit in which activities at our learning centre are supposed to take place.

Democracy (Demokratie) in the context of the learning centre means that all those partaking in its services, whatever their age, will jointly fix the rules needed for everyone to feel free, secure and respected.

Mindfulness (Uechtsamkeet) points to the fact that the learning centre puts a lot of emphasis on conscious behaviour, including:
• observing, discerning and communicating one’s emotions
• listening to and caring for one’s body
• knowing and paying attention to the other members and their needs
• consciously seeing, feeling and respecting the natural surroundings of the learning centre
• looking after and preserving the material and tidiness of the learning centre
These aspects of mindfulness are exemplified by the learning assistants and are practised in the activities they offer.

Self-directed (Selbstbestëmmung) implies that the actions in our learning community are based on each person’s own reflection and decision. Everybody is responsible for how and with whom they spend their time. There are no time-tables and no predetermined classes or age groups. Nor is there any evaluation or comparison save that which you make about your own progress. However, learning assistants will offer their support if

SDE Optimizing Conditions

ASDE surveys all SDE communities/programs about how they provide, enhance, or align with each of the Six Optimizing Conditions for young people to succeed in SDE.  Survey answers:
  1. Responsibility – Every young person at our learning centre is the designer of their everyday life. In self-responsibility and self-determination, they develop themselves in the areas that are of interest to them, while respecting the jointly agreed rules.
  2. Youth Autonomy – The young people at Ludus work independently. They are free to choose with whom and for how long they want to deal with a subject. This kind of learning challenges them to take care of their own interests and to develop their own initiative.
  3. Access to Tools and Technology – New media add an important dimension to young people's learning and therefore represent a great opportunity. However, access to such tools is modulated by the learning guide depending on the personal maturity and responsibility of the young person.
  4. Adult Allies – The learning companions guide the young people toward self-reflection by describing the actions they can observe from them and asking them at regular intervals what they have been busy with lately at the learning centre.
  5. Free Age Mixing – People have always learned naturally from each other in mixed-age groups. This is why young people of different ages spend their day together at our learning centre. They support each other in their individual learning processes.
  6. Community – Adults use sociocratic decision making and introduce young people to this method. Young people have the opportunity to make their own common rules at regular meetings and adapt them if necessary.

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