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Friday, June 13, 2008

European Awards for Lifelong Learning recognise outstanding mobility projects

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News The 2008 European Awards for Lifelong Learning were given today to fifteen outstanding projects in the field of education and training funded by the European Union; the focus this year was on "quality in mobility"

The prizes were handed over by the European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, Ján Figel', and the Slovenian Minister of Education and Sport, Milan Zver, at a conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia. 15 winning projects from 13 Member States have demonstrated how mobility can broaden horizons, enhance skills and create opportunities. These European success stories have been awarded with gold, silver and bronze prizes for mobility actions in one of five categories: Comenius for school education, Leonardo da Vinci for vocational education and training, Erasmus for higher education, Grundtvig for adult education, and 'Languages'. This year particular attention was given to mobility actions for teaching staff and trainers. The five gold-winning projects include: a partnership between a Latvian and a Czech school, in which pupils translated songs into their partner's language and rehearsed together; the Intensive study programmes of the Portuguese Instituto Politécnico de Tomar and its partner universities; a staff exchange scheme between a Danish fire services provider and its UK counterpart; Religious Diversity and Anti-Discrimination Training coordinated by the Centre Européen Juif d'Information in Brussels and Lingu@net Europa Plus, a London-based project that guides learners in a choice of over 3,700 online learning resources. The awards have been handed over at a conference on "Quality in Mobility", hosted by the Slovenian Presidency of the EU, in Ljubljana today. The conference is organised by the National Agency for the Lifelong Learning Programme in Slovenia – CMEPIUS – in close cooperation with the Ministry for Education and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia and with the support of the European Commission. The conference opens the floor for discussions on future steps to make mobility more accessible and increase the impact of staff mobility as a drive for change. Mobility will remain at the very centre of the Lifelong Learning Programme, the EU's flagship funding programme in the field of education and training. New actions are already planned for the coming years: - "Comenius Regio" is a new action for partnerships between local and regional school authorities, to be launched in 2009 - From 2010, "Comenius Individual Pupil Mobility" will enable secondary pupils to spend from 3 months up to one school year at a Comenius partner school abroad - In addition, new types of mobility will also be available under the Grundtvig programme for adult education.

Source :  Conference website

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