LIFELONG LEARNING PROGRAMME
Lifelong Learning Programme is the Programme for Community Action of the European Commission which covers all areas of education and professional training for the period starting from 1/1/2007 until 31/12/2013
Operational Objectives of the Programme: To contribute through lifelong learning to the development of the Community as an advanced knowledge society, with sustainable economic development, more and better jobs and greater social cohesion, while ensuring good protection of the environment for future generations. In particular, it aims to foster interchange, co-operation and mobility between education and training systems within the Community so that they become a world quality reference.
One type of structure of the Programme: Comenius à School Education (Policy cooperation and innovation –study visits, promotion of language learning, development of innovative ICT-based content, services, pedagogies and practice, dissemination and use of results).
The decentralised actions of the programme are funded through the National Agencies of the participating countries and the centralized actions are funded through the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency.
Participating countries: The programme is open to the 27 EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland (the EFTA countries, i.e. those countries which are members of the European Free Trade Association), and the candidate countries Turkey and Croatia.
For more information, visit the website of the European Commission for the Programme:
The Comenius programme focuses on school education from pre-school up to secondary level and has the following 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
- 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
- To encourage the learning of modern foreign languages
- To enhance the quality of European dimension of teacher
Basically everyone involved in school education:
- Schools providing special, general, vocational or technical education
- pupils in pre-school and school education up to the end of upper secondary level
- teachers, support staff and administrative staff of school education
- future teachers
- educational authorities at local, regional and national level
- higher educational institutions/organisations that provide teacher training or are involved in the school education sector
Which are the Comenius decentralised actions?
- School Partnerships – Multilateral or Bilateral
- Regio Partnerships
- Preparatory Visits
- In-Service Training for Teachers and other Educational Staff
- Assistantships (ASSISTANTS)
- Assistantships (HOST SCHOOLS)
CENTRALISED ACTIONS: Apart from the above-mentioned decentralized Comenius actions, the European Commission funds the following centralised actions:
- Multilateral Projects
- Multilateral Networks
- Accompanying Measures
More information on the Centralised Actions is published on the website http://eacea.ec.europa.eu. Applications for these actions are submitted directly to the Executive Agency of the EU.
COMENIUS PROGRAMME (2012-2014) – THE GRAMMAR SCHOOL LIMASSOL
Our school will be participating together with another seven European schools in this European funded Comenius Project concerning internet safety. Our planned project is entitled Students’ Online Safety (S.O.S).
This project has 8 partner schools: Cyprus (our school – coordinator), Poland, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Germany, Slovenia and Finland.
The main objectives of our project are:
- Inform students, teachers, parents of potential consequences, dangers and legality of sexting
- Educate students about cyber-bullying and possible ways to combat it
- Explore the topic of online reputation and its potential future consequences socially and in the workplace
- Perform a statistical analysis amongst member-countries concerning the ownership and use of smart-phones amongst students.
The Project starts in September 2012 and ends in August 2014.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.