What is Comenius?
Comenius is the first component of Lifelong Learning. It addresses educational institutions, state and private schools and all members of the educational community working in this sector: students, all categories of teaching staff as well as local authorities, parent ' associations or NGOs that are active in the educational field.
Comenius supports financial school partnerships, teacher training training, school partnership networks as well as participation in initial and continuing training sessions in oprder to increase the quality and reinforce the European dimension in education.
Comenius Sectoral Programme, at European level, hasw a very ambitious goal, namely involving at least three million pupils in cooperative educational activities until 2013.
Other objectives of Comenius:
Development of knowledge and understanding of European cultural and linguistic diversity among teachers and students;
Student acquisition of the skills and abilities required by personal development for their professional integration and active citizenship
School partnerships - multilateral projects
Multilateral projects are partnership projects that can involve at least three educational institutions from three different countries. One of the institutions involved in the partnership will assume the role of project coordinator. From this point the projects will take 2 years to complete. In terms of content, multilateral projects may focus on:
Students and their active involvement in activities relating to particular topics common to partnership level. It is important that this theme be challenging for students and relevant to all institutions involved in the project. Project activities will be integrated into the curriculum and will be interdisciplinary. Being student-centered, these projects, students will be involved in all stages of the project, from its planning to the evaluation and dissemination of results.
The Institution and the improvement of teaching methods and school management. These projects will allow teams of teachers and principals in partner countries to share information and experiences, to test and put into practice new pedagogical and managerial approaches.
Erasmus Plus (or Erasmus+) is the new programme of the European Union in the fields of education, training, youth and sport. This programme integrates seven of the European projects with current funding: Lifelong Learning, Youth in Action, Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink and the Programme for cooperation with industrialised countries; it will for the first time provide support for sport. As an integrated programme, Erasmus+ offers more opportunities for cooperation across the Education, Training and Youth sectors and is easier to access than its predecessors, with simplified funding rules
The programme will start in 2014, will be operational until 2020 and is part of the European Union’s multiannual funding. The seven year programme will have a budget of €14.7 billion. This represents a 40% increase compared to current spending levels and shows the EU's commitment to investing in these areas, as a political signal of the fact that the education, progress and youth are priorities of the European Strategy 2020.
Erasmus+ will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad. In addition to providing grants for individuals, Erasmus+ will support transnational partnerships among Education, Training and Youth institutions and organisations to foster cooperation and bridge the worlds of Education and work in order to tackle the skills gaps we are facing in Europe. It will also support national efforts to modernise Education, Training and Youth systems. In the field of Sport, there will be support for grassroots projects and cross-border challenges such as combating match-fixing, doping, violence and racism.
A short presentation on Erasmus+
The projects supported by Erasmus + will be organised in three Key Actions as follows:
Learning Mobilities of individuals (at least 63% of the budget) - addressed to Staff (teachers, trainers, school leaders and youth workers) and students
- Accreditation of VET organisation
- Accreditation of youth volunteering organisations
- School education staff mobility
- VET learner and staff mobility
- Higher education student and staff mobility
- Adult education staff mobility Youth mobility
Co-operation and Innovation for Good Practices ( at least 28% of the budget) - addressed to Universities, international NGOs and youth workers
- Strategic Partnerships adressing more than one field
- Strategic Partnerships for School Education
- Strategic Partnerships for Vocational Education / Training
- Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education
- Strategic Partnerships for Adult Learning
- Strategic Partnerships for Youth
Support for politicy reform (4,2% of the budget)
- Dialogue between young people and policy makers
- An integrated, more accessible programme
- A renewed focus on skills for employment
- New opportunities for modernising teaching and learning
- New partnerships between education and world of work