What is a Comenius Regio Project?

European-Commission-Logo-squareThe European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme enables people at all stages of their lives to take part in stimulating learning experiences, as well as helping to develop the education and training sector across Europe.

The Programme for EU Action in the Field of Lifelong Learning (the Lifelong
Learning Programme – LLP)
aims to contribute through lifelong learning to the
development of the EU as an advanced knowledge society, with sustainable economic
development, more and better jobs and greater social cohesion. In particular, it aims to
foster interchange, co-operation and mobility between education and training institutions
and systems within the EU so that they may become a world quality reference. In this
way, it addresses the modernisation and adaptation of education and training systems in
the participating countries, particularly in the context of the goals set out in the EU 2020
Strategy2, and brings European added value directly to individual citizens participating in
its mobility and other co-operation actions.

What is Comenous Regio?

Comenius Regio partnerships are bilateral partnerships between two local or regional

authorities with a role in school education in different countries. Comenius Regio partnerships aim at enhancing the European dimension of education  by promoting cooperation activities between local and regional authorities with a role

in school education across Europe.

The partnerships give educational authorities, in cooperation with schools and other
actors in education, in different regions, the opportunity to work together on one or
more topics of mutual interest. They should focus their work on clearly defined themes
and lead to concrete results (e.g. publications, conference, seminars, etc).
Comenius Regio partnerships consist of two partner regions from two different
countries; each partner region must involve:
– a local or regional authority with a role in education, which is responsible for
coordination of the project;
– at least one school;
– at least one other relevant local partner (e.g. youth, sport club, parents/pupil
associations, local teacher training institutes, etc).

 

What are the aims?
Specific objectives
• To develop knowledge and understanding among young people and educational
staff of the diversity of European cultures and languages and its value
• To help young people acquire the basic life-skills and competences necessary for
their personal development, for future employment and for active European
citizenship

Operational objectives
• To improve the quality and to increase the volume of mobility involving pupils
and educational staff in different Member States
• To improve the quality and to increase the volume of partnerships between
schools in different Member States, so as to involve at least 3 million pupils in
joint educational activities during the period of the programme
• To encourage the learning of modern foreign languages
• To support the development of innovative ICT-based content, services,
pedagogies and practice in lifelong learning
• To enhance the quality and European dimension of teacher training
• To support improvements in pedagogical approaches and school management

Who can participate?
Basically everyone involved in school education
• Pupils in school education up to the end of upper secondary education
• Schools, as specified by Member States, from pre-school up to the end of upper
secondary level
• Teachers and other categories of staff within those schools
• Associations, not-for-profit organisations, NGOs and representatives of those
involved in school education
• Persons and bodies responsible for the organisation and delivery of education at
local, regional and national levels
• Research centres and bodies concerned with lifelong learning issues
• Higher education institutions
• Bodies providing guidance, counselling and information services