‘We are all citizens of one world.’
The Comenius Programme is named after Jan Amos Comenius (1592-1670), often considered the father of modern education.
Comenius is aimed at schools, colleges and local authorities across Europe.
Comenius has two main objectives:
To develop knowledge and understanding among young people and education staff of the diversity of European cultures and languages, and the value of this diversity.
To help young people to acquire basic life skills and competences for their personal development, for future employment and for active European citizenship.
The school are fortunate to be involved with 6 other schools in Europe on a joint Literacy project. The British Council have awarded funding for the school to work in partnerships with two schools in Finland a school in Newcastle, a school in Spain, one in Cyprus and one in Germany.
The school each have their own puppet. Each school has written an adventure with their puppet in their own country and then on a rota system the story books and story sacks are sent to all the other countries where another adventure is undertaken for the puppet. At the end of two years we will have 7 puppets with stories from every country and a wealth of ideas across the European Community.
The school will also have increased understanding and awareness of the similarities and differences in our cultures in our individual nations.
It is a fantastic project and it has excited the children and provided great stimulus for writing for different purposes.
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