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Comenius - European Cooperation on School Education

COMENIUS  focuses on the first phase of education, from pre-school and primary to secondary school, and it is addressed to all members of the education community in the broad sense pupils, teachers, other education staff, but also local authorities, parents' associations, non-government organizations.

COMENIUS supports school partnerships, projects for the training of school education staff, and school education networks. It thus aims to enhance the quality of teaching, strengthen its European dimension and promote language learning and mobility.

COMENIUS also emphasizes certain important issues: learning in a multi-cultural framework, which is the cornerstone of European citizenship, support for disadvantaged groups, countering under-achievement at school and preventing exclusion.

The Objectives of COMENIUS

The overall objectives of COMENIUS are to enhance the quality and reinforce the European dimension of school education, in particular by encouraging transnational cooperation between schools, contributing to the improved professional development of staff directly involved in the school education sector, and promoting the learning of languages and intercultural awareness.

COMENIUS seeks to help those learning and teaching in schools to develop a sense of belonging to a broader and outward-looking European community - a community characterised by diverse traditions, cultures and regional identities, but rooted nevertheless in a common history of European development.

COMENIUS contributes to enhancing the quality and reinforcing the European dimension of school education by:

  • promoting transnational cooperation and exchanges between schools and teacher training establishments;
  • encouraging innovation in pedagogical methods and materials;
  • promoting the transnational dissemination of good practice and innovation in the management of schools;
  • developing and disseminating methods for combating educational exclusion and school failure, promoting the integration of pupils with special educational needs, and promoting equal opportunities in all sectors of education;
  • promoting the use of information and communication technology in school education and in the training of staff working in this sector.

                                Who was Johann Amos Comenius

A century before the Enlightenment, Comenius (1592-1670), born in what is today the Czech Republic, was a theologian, philosopher and pedagogue who believed that only through education could man achieve his full potential and lead a truly harmonious life. He was one of the founding fathers of modern education, but, having lived through the period of the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648), Comenius was also a cosmopolitan and universalist who strove incessantly for human rights, peace between the nations, social peace and the unity of mankind.


  • Ferma Primary School is participating in a Comenius project, which started in school year 2003 - 2004 and is going to last for three year's, named "online school magazine". There are three schools taking part in the project:

  • Ferma Primary School from Crete, having Mr. Yannis Pasparakis as responsible teacher for the project.

  • I.C. "Maria Capozzi", Pre-school, Primary and Media School from Rome, Italy, having Mrs. Dominique Bertrand) as responsible teacher and

  • O.S. am Sonnenberg, Primary and High School from Salzgitter, Germany, having Mrs. Elke Streckfuss as responsible teacher.

    We agreed to create a common web site where pupils aged 9 to 12, after knowing each other through their own personal presentations, are going to write (in English) articles and draw about specific topics already chosen.
    The school from Italy is the coordinating school and German and Greek school are partners.

               

          

Here you can see some photos from the preparatory meeting that took place in Rome on December, 2002. Click on them for full size.

 

The preparatory meeting took place in Rome, Italy, from 5 to 8 of December, 2002, where the topics, the conditions, the terms and all the details of the partnership were discussed. During those three days it became obvious that there is a very good understanding and a strong will for cooperation, which combined to the hospitality our Italian colleagues showed and all these together became a major boost for a successful project.
 

      

        

Here you can see some photos from the meeting that took place in Salzgitter from 25 to 28 of September, 2003. Click on them for full size.

 

The first meeting for the first year of the project took place in Salzgitter, Germany, from 25 till 28 of September, 2003, in which from Ferma Primary School participated the Headmaster Mr. Georgios Bilanakis and the teachers Mr. Yannis Pasparakis and Mr. Georgios Tsolaridis. We were really welcomed by the German colleagues, who did everything possible to make us feel at home, and they succeeded very well. The three days we spend in Salzgitter are still vivid in our memories. The second meeting for the first year is going to take place from 4 till 9 of May, 2004, in Ferma, Crete. We are really looking forward to it!!!!

Details about the project

In each school has been formed a Comenius team, consisted of teachers and pupils participating in the project. In our Comenius team there are nine teachers participating, who alongside with pupils representatives form two committees, a national and a common. These committees evaluate the articles and the drawings prepared by the pupils. Then the best Greek material is going to be evaluated by the German committee, the German material is going to be evaluated by the Italian committee and finally the Italian material is going to be evaluated by the Greek committee.

We have decided to publish two issues for each of the three years of the project. For the first year the topic for the first issue (which was published by the end of January) was "Friendship-my best friend" and the topic for the second issue (which is to be published by the end of April) is "Olympic games and sports".      

  The URL of the project's web site is: www.europeanschools.de