3Comenius NetworksPart of the Comenius Action of the Socrates Programme of EC for Education
4A century before the Enlightenment, one of the founding fathers of modern education said: “…only through education can man achieve his full potential and lead a truly harmonious life...”Johann Amos Comenius ( )
5The Objectives of COMENIUS To enhance the quality and reinforce the European dimension of school educationby encouraging transnational cooperation between schools,contributing to the improved professional development of staff directly involved in the school education sectorpromoting the learning of languages and intercultural awareness.Help develop a sense of belonging to a broader and outward-looking European communitydiverse traditions, cultures and regional identitiesrooted nevertheless in a common history of European development.
6enhancing the quality & reinforcing the European dimension of school education Promoting transnational cooperation and exchanges between schools and teacher training establishments;encouraging innovation in pedagogical methods and materials;promoting the transnational dissemination of good practice and innovation in the management of schools;developing and disseminating methods for combating educational exclusion and school failure, promoting the integration of pupils with special educational needs, and promoting equal opportunities in all sectors of education;promoting the use of information and communication technology in school education and in the training of staff working in this sector.
7promoting the learning of languages in school education Improve the quality of the teaching of European languages as foreign languages;improve the pedagogical skills of language teachers;improve the language skills of teachers of less widely used and less taught languages;increase the diversity of foreign languages taught;motivate all teachers and learners to increase the number of foreign languages they speak and improve the standard to which they speak them.
8promoting intercultural awareness in school education Promote enhanced awareness of different cultures;develop intercultural education initiatives for the school education sector;improve the skills of teachers in the area of intercultural education;support the fight against racism and xenophobia;improve the education of children of migrant workers, occupational travellers, Romanies and travellers.
9Themes relevant to COMENIUS Training of School Education Staff (initial and in-service)Language LearningIntercultural Education and fight against racism and xenophobiaEducation for Children of Migrant Workers, Occupational Travellers, Gypsies, and TravellersEducation for Children with special educational needs (handicapped children)School ManagementEducation NetworksViolence in School
10School Partnerships (Comenius 1) School Projectspromote transnational co-operation between schoolsLanguage Projectsseek to increase young people's motivation, capacity and confidence to communicate in other European languagesSchool Development Projectsgive school managers and teachers an opportunity to exchange experience and information
11Training of School Education Staff (Comenius 2) Promote the professional development of all types of staff involved in school education.Supporting transnational cooperation projects and mobility activities.All phases and aspects are covered:initial traininginductionin-service training.
13Comenius Networks (Comenius 3) The main goal:To create links between projects carried out by school partnerships and those relating to the training of school education staff.Based on subjects of common interestwith the aim of promoting European co-operation and innovation in school education in various thematic areas.
14A Comenius Network can be: A platform to assist persons and institutions involved in Comenius to strengthen their co-operation, and to enable them to maintain and consolidate their European co-operation beyond the period of Community support for their specific projectsA forum for joint reflection and cooperation in identifying and promoting innovation and best practice in the thematic area concerned.
15Comenius Network participants Institutions currently taking part in projects, initiating new projects or having completed projects under Comenius 1 or 2Other organisations with particular expertise in the field concerned.
17Network for Multigrade Education MUSE (MUltigrade School Education)Comenius 2.1,NEMEDComenius 3,
18Network for Multigrade Education Networking, at the European level, of educationists and school practitioners sharing an interest in multigrade schools, either as a field of research or as a space of educational practice that deserves attention and supportA trans-national network active in ten European countries
19Studies the characteristics and the needs of multigrade schools Promotes the upgrading of multigrade education in educational policy-makingProposes ways to improve the education provided by multigrade schoolsOffers support to multigrade school teachersFosters the development of communication among themRegularly organises international workshops and conferences
23Comenius in the futureIn the Integrated Programme for lifelong learning ( ), Comenius:Addresses the teaching and learning needs of all those in pre-school and school education.Develops understanding among young people and educational staff of the diversity of European cultures and its valueHelps young people acquire the basic life-skills and competences necessary for their personal development, for future employment and for active European citizenship.