Comenius School Projects promote transnational co-operation between schools. They give pupils and teachers from at least three participating countries an opportunity to work together on one or more topics of mutual interest. This co-operation enables participants to exchange experiences, explore different aspects of European cultural, social and economic diversity, increase their general knowledge and learn to understand and appreciate each other’s views. Comenius School Projects should be integrated into the regular activities of the school, take place within the curriculum, involve several class groups, and have as wide an impact on the school as possible.
All pupils attending a school which is involved in a project may participate in project activities. Ideally, pupils should participate actively in all phases of the project, including the planning, organisation and evaluation of the activities. The primary focus of Comenius School Projects is the cooperation process itself - the carrying out of a project with a number of partners from other European countries. However, projects will usually also produce outcomes such as project diaries, booklets, objects, artistic performances, web sites, CD-ROMs and so on.
There are three types of partnership:
School projects - enable pupils and teachers from at least three establishments from three participating countries to work together within the regular class activities on one or more topics of mutual interest. The financial support is for a maximum of 3 years.
Language projects - involve groups of at least 10 young people ages 14 or older from partner schools in two participating countries. The main element of the project is the learning of languages by means of work on a topic of mutual interest together with young people from another country. The duration of the project is normally one school year, however it could be extended to two consecutive school years.
School development projects - give school managers and teachers from at least three establishments from three participating countries the opportunity to exchange experience and information on teaching methods, organisation and management of themes of common interest. The financial support is for a maximum of 3 years.