After the success of the 2001 Comenius Week, the European Commission is running a second Week from 8 to 14 November. In the 30 countries involved in the programme, scores of events will give the general public a glimpse of trail-blazing projects that have led to a coming-together in school teaching in Europe, especially through cross-border partnerships. In Brussels, there will be an exhibition of the Comenius projects, and nearly 200 pupils aged between 10 and 12, together with their teachers, will be there to take part in a range of activities.
"Given that over 10 000 schools, in 30 countries, are involved in Comenius partnerships every year, this Week will provide an opportunity to underscore the success of the programme, which allows schools to incorporate a European dimension into their work", said Viviane Reding, the Member of the Commission in charge of Education and Culture, at the launch of the Week.
Comenius is a strand of the Socrates programme which targets schooling from the nursery to the secondary stages. Through school partnerships and staff training, it seeks to contribute to enhancing the quality and reinforcing the European dimension of school education, to promoting and teaching of languages and to promoting the intercultural dimension.
The Comenius Week from 8 to 14 November will be marked by events in the 30 participating countries. For example:
- in Austria, a marathon will tour schools involved in the programme throughout the country;
- in Bulgaria, the schools taking part in Comenius projects will present their art products at an exhibition in Sofia;
- in Italy, a seminar on Comenius and European citizenship will be held in Florence;
- in Spain, the town of Murcia will host a set of events and exhibitions illustrating the programme's achievements in that country.
In Brussels, an exhibition will be held at the Borschette Centre from 10 November, focussing on cross-border partnerships from the 30 participating countries (each involving at least three states). Pupils from all the participating countries, together with their teachers, will come to Brussels for a number of activities, including a release of balloons, attended by the Commissioner, Viviane Reding, on the afternoon of Tuesday, 11 November.