The Comenius programme deals with school education up to upper-secondary level. It is named after a 17th century Moravian philosopher who believed that schools should broaden horizons and be outward-looking. In this spirit, the programme helps schools to develop partnerships and exchange experiences, including e-twinning.
Comenius aims to develop an understanding of the diversity and value of European culture among young people and educational staff, and to help young people acquire the basic competences necessary for their personal development, for future employment and for active European citizenship.
Three sets of priorities have been identified for Comenius during the Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013: school partnerships, multilateral projects and networks.
Comenius will provide grants to enable teachers, especially language teachers, to work in other countries.
- implementation of the “Action Plan on Promoting Language Learning and Linguistic Diversity” including projects dealing with language teacher training, exchanging language learning tools and use of the Content and Language Integrated Learning approach
- developing policy and partnerships that will contribute to the Education and Training 2010 EU policy goal, notably on the training of language teachers
- helping implement the proposed “Recommendation on key competences for lifelong learning”, which concentrates on integration of transferable skills, such as ICT skills and social and cultural skills, into curricula
- reducing the number of young people leaving school without qualifications or appropriate competences
- increase involvement of parents in education
- address special educational needs
- promote citizenship and intercultural education
- address physical education
- increase educational use of ICT
- create links between school and the world of work
- develop environmental education
Comenius is not just addressed to schools. It also encompasses local authorities, education-related associations, and other organisations working on educational issues.