Brussels, 4 May 2006
The European launch of the Lifelong Learning Programme, the flagship EU funding programme in the area of education and training, will take place at a two-day conference under the German Presidency of the European Union on 6 and 7 May 2007 in Berlin. The conference is organised by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research with support from the European Commission. The Programme will cover the period 2007-2013, and is the first European funding programme to cover the full range of learning opportunities from childhood to old age.
The Lifelong Learning Programme is the successor to the earlier Socrates, Leonardo da Vinci and eLearning programmes, and its legal base was adopted on 15 November 2006 by the European Parliament and the European Council. The Programme has a budget of EUR 6 970 million for the period of the 7 years from 1 January 2007 to end December 2013. This will be used to fund projects and activities that support millions of individuals to study, train and teach abroad, and that foster interchange, cooperation and mobility between education and training institutions and systems within the EU, helping them become a world quality reference.
The two-day launch conference aims to inform people about the opportunities available under the new Lifelong Learning Programme and to discuss its contribution to European policy in the field of education and training. It also provides a platform to highlight the successes of the previous education and training programmes and to honour excellent projects.
Ján Figel’, European Commissioner in charge of Education, Training, Culture and Youth, said: “Education and training are the cement that binds societies together in the face of economic and demographic change, and with the possibilities it offers, the new Lifelong Learning Programme is an important part of the mix. It is also fortuitous that the Programme is launched in the year of the twentieth anniversary of the Erasmus scheme — for me, this underlines the continuity and effectiveness of Community action in the field of education and training."
During the conference, Lifelong Learning Awards will be offered to the three best projects in each of the former programmes Comenius, Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Grundtvig, Jean Monnet and Lingua.
The Lifelong Learning Programme is a framework programme built on four thematic sub-programmes and two supporting cross-cutting programmes. Grants and subsidies will be awarded to individuals and to projects under each of these to support the trans-national mobility of individuals, to promote bilateral and multilateral partnerships, or to improve quality in education and training institutions and systems.
The four sub-programmes are:
These four pillars are supported by a ‘transversal programme’, which consists of the following four key activities:
Finally, these actions are complemented by the new Jean Monnet programme, which supports university teaching and research in the field of European integration worldwide.
The European Commission will also be present at a stand at a Learning Festival which will be held in Berlin's new Central Station, also on 6 – 7 May.
18 prize-winning projects in random order
Lifelong Learning Programme- European Launch Conference, Berlin
Group Scolar Vasile Pavelco, Iasi, Rumania: Socio-Professional integration of pupils with speaking and hearing disabilities
This Comenius School Partnership" developed solutions to two major problems:
the successful integration into professional life and the learning of a foreign
language of pupils with speaking and hearing disability.
In the Comenius Multilateral Project "Early technical education"
partners from pedagogical institutes, universities and industry in different
European countries developed teaching materials that can be used in practice
when explaining technical phenomena to children aged 3-12.
The Comenius School Partnership "Democrisis" motivated young people to
participate in political life at school, local, European and global level.
Secondary students from 5 countries analysed the threats against democracy and
discussed issues like reintroducing and reconstructing democratic institutions
and structural obstacles to the political participation of disadvantaged
Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
In relation to the total figure of students inscribed per university, the
Humboldt University of Berlin heads the statistics on the percentage of incoming
Erasmus students and lecturers.
The University of Granada heads the latest Erasmus statistics in absolute
figures in students' mobility and holds fourth place in terms of
Leonardo da Vinci – Vocational training
MAN Diesel SE; Germany, Industrial-technical trainees are trained in Danish companies
Between 2005 and 2007, 20 talented industrial technical trainees from 9 different training professions in their third or fourth year of training at the German company MAN Diesel SE, spent three weeks in the sister company in Denmark. Working in several profession mixed international teams, they got a deeper insight into the sister company's processes and production flows, improved their professional, linguistic and personal skills and competences, as well as the relations between trainees and employees in the companies in the two countries.
3S Research Laboratory: Austria, The Vocational qualification transfer
system - VQTS
European Aluminium Association: Belgium; AluMatter
The project AluMatter answers to the need for modern comprehensive training
materials to train technicians, engineers and designers with good skills and
knowledge in aluminium fabrication technology. With the support of the aluminium
industry and the academic world, an easily accessible e-learning course has been
developed and will contribute to help promote the use of aluminium in various
Associazione Lunaria, Rome, Italy: Still Active!
The Multilateral Project "Still Active! - Performing Voluntary
Service after 55 Years Old" developed the concept of and operational
approaches to implementing an international voluntary service for older people.
This voluntary work is not only conceptualised as a way to be active and useful
to others, but also as a recognised vehicle for informal learning.
The first aim of the Learning Partnership "MABEL - Multi-disciplinary Approach to Adult Basic Education and Learning in Prisons" was to develop and to explore a multidisciplinary approach to basic education in prisons. Central to this Learning Partnership was that also the prisoners participated actively in the cooperation and produced three collaborative magazines, called "Open Doors".
AIPC – Pandora, Madrid, Spain: IMPATH
LINGUA – Language Learning
The project developed a methodology to teach foreign languages to blind and
visually impaired adults. These methods were based on a communicative approach
that had not been previously trialled with blind learners. A multi-sensory
approach using the four senses available to blind people (hearing, smell, taste
and touch), and the additional use of the total physical response method,
provided alternative techniques to the use of visual stimuli.
The project applied the developmental principles of psycholinguistics in
teaching languages to young children. It produced a complete set of
language teaching materials for children aged between three and eight. The
materials include booklets, songs, animated cartoons, magic kits and teacher
guides. The cartoon characters, Hocus and Lotus, are part-dinosaur,
part-crocodile and have a common European background.
The project contributed both to co-operation within the educational sector
and to the establishment of partnerships with a range of social services
previously uninvolved in language teaching. Over 60 groups of language learners
across the partner countries were involved in a wide variety of language
learning activities, from short taster sessions to longer courses. It had a very
positive effect on the chosen target groups (all of whom may be regarded as
“non-traditional” language learners) by making them aware of the
benefits that can accrue from knowledge of foreign languages.
Professor Ariane Landuyt has made a lasting contribution to European
education with her initiative, in 1999, to create a uniquely transnational,
interdisciplinary and multilingual Master in European Studies.The programme
is coordinated by the University of Siena, in cooperation with Jean Monnet
Chairholders at the Universities of Salamanca, Granada, Coimbra, Hannover and
Oradea, the Robert Schuman University of Strasbourg, the Jagiellonski University
of Krakow, Panteion University of Athens and Montpellier.
The Jean Monnet activities of Professor Wolfgang Wessels constitute an
exceptionally rich mixture of top-level activities in innovating teaching,
advanced research and lasting organizational achievements, including the
development of new learning tools, fundamental theoretical insights and,
dialogues on European integration at local, regional and European level.
The Jean Monnet activities of Professor Lenka Rovná are a prime example of the broad societal role of the Jean Monnet Programme, in particular in assisting candidate countries and new Member States find their place in the European Union. In preparation for Czech accession to the EU, Professor Rovná's activities were targeting not only students, but at a much broader community, including civil servants and civil society. She created the first Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in Central and Eastern Europe.