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Wednesday, June 5, 2002

The Commission Backs Generalisation of School Twinning via the Internet

Culture - Media, Public Management, Information, Education - Training,Local and Regional authorities,Schools,Federations Unions,Non-profit organisations,

News The report by Viviane Reding, Commissioner for Education and Culture, proposes that by the end of 2006 each of the 150 000 secondary schools in the European Union concludes an Internet twinning agreement as part of the dialogue between cultures.

This will enable each young European to participate in an educative project via the Internet during their schooling. Achievement of this aim requires, in particular, a training drive for teachers and putting in place support services for such twinning partnerships. As some of the possible topics, the Commission suggests in particular language learning, cultural exchanges, European citizenship or environmental education. Drawing on this experience, and against the backcloth of its future eLearning programme, the Commission will be in a position to help generalise Internet twinning, in particular through setting up contact centres and via the exchange of best practices. During the period the eLearning programme is in the process of being adopted, the Commission intends to undertake preparatory activities to pave the way for generalisation of Internet school twinning links by 2006, while the existing Community programmes (Socrates and Leonardo da Vinci) will continue to provide support for projects on virtual mobility and development of innovative teaching methods.

Source :  Press release - Commission - 4 June 2002


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