Tuesday, November 4, 2008
LLP - Launch of COMENIUS Regio Partnerships:
Comenius Regio Partnerships fund regional cooperation in school education, and promote the exchange of experience and good practice between regions and municipalities in Europe. They aim to help regional or local authorities with responsibility in school education to improve educational opportunities for school–age children. Within these bilateral cooperation projects the two participating regions are free to choose any topic of relevance and interest to them. For example, projects could work on school management issues, better integration of pupils with migration backgrounds, entrepreneurship education or reducing early school leaving. Schools and other relevant partners within the region or municipality, such as a youth club, a library or museum, must be integrated in project activities. Both cross-border cooperation and cooperation between regions in different parts of Europe are welcome. Comenius Regio Partnerships can contain a wide range of actions like exchanges of school education staff, joint teacher training activities, peer learning or study visits. They can also launch a variety of other activities in the regions involved, for instance surveys, trials of new educational approaches or awareness-raising campaigns. The deadline for applications for grants is 20 February 2009. Applications must be made by the local or regional school authorities. Successful applicants will be selected by summer 2009, and the actions can start from August 2009. The grants will support partnerships for two years. The funding will contribute to the costs of mobility between the partner regions and of the project activities. The Commission expects to fund around 500 regions through the Comenius Regio action. It is managed by the Comenius National Agencies in each country taking part in the Lifelong Learning Programme.
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