The Comenius programme is a European Union educational project. It concerns school-level education, and is part of the EU's Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013. It aims "to help young people and educational staff better understand the range of European cultures, languages and values". Its name derives from the 17th-century Czech educator John Amos Comenius.
Comenius aims to:
- Improve and increase the mobility of pupils and educational staff across the EU
- Enhance and increase partnerships between schools in different EU Member States
- Encourage language learning, innovative ICT-based content, services and better teaching techniques and practices
- Enhance the quality and European dimension of teacher training
- Improve pedagogical approaches and school management
The programme is currently focusing in particular on:
- Motivation for learning and learning-to-learn skills.
- Key competences: improving language learning, greater literacy, making science more attractive, supporting entrepreneurship and reinforcing creativity and innovation.
- Digital educational content and services.
- School management.
- Addressing socio-economic disadvantages and reducing early school leaving.
- Participation in sports.
- Teaching diverse groups of pupils.
- Early and pre-primary learning.