Board of Management:

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Philip O'Neill

President

Artevelde University of Applied Sciences
Hoogpoort 15
9000 Gent
BELGIUM
Tel: +32 (0) 9 234 81 58
philip.oneill@arteveldehs.be

Raquel Blave

Vice-President

Universidad Catolica de Valencia San Vincente Martir
C/ Guillem de Castro 175
46008 Valencia

SPAIN
Tel : +34 96 363 7412 ext. 4222
raquel.blave@ucv.es

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George Camacho

Treasurer

Escola Superior de Educaçao Santarém
Complexo Andaluz
2001-902 Santarém -

PORTUGAL
Tel : +351 243 309 180
george.camacho@ese.ipsantarem.pt

Caterina Sugranyes Ernest

Secretary

FPCEE Blanquerna University Ramon Llull

C/ Císter, 34

08022 Barcelona

SPAIN

Tel:+ 34 93253 3000

caterinase@blanquerna.url.edu

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The General assembly includes all the member institutions of the Commenius Association

It appoints its members for the Board of Management

The Origins of the
Comenius Association:

In March 1988, at a seminar organised by G.E.R.F.E.C. in Strasbourg, Mr Joan Maria Senent, educationalist at Escuela Univeritaria de Magisterio, "Edetania" of the University of Valencia (ES) and Mr Jaques Chevalier, educationalist at l’Ecole Normale du Brabant Wallon de Nivelles (BE) formulated the main lines of development of an intercultural project concerned with the initial training of teachers at pre-school and primary school level.

Soon after, several institutions of teacher education became involved in the initial stages of the exchange programme. The two colleges mentioned above were joined by institutions from Lille, Paris XVIème, Angers (FR) and PABO Alkmaar (NL).

During the academic year 1988/89 about one hundred students from those four countries participated in the exchange programme. During the academic year 1989/90, institutions of teacher education from Madrid (ES), Montpellier and Grenoble (FR) joined the pioneering colleges. More than two hundred students and tutors participated in the activities as proposed by the Comenius project.

The name ’Comenius’ was chosen in honour of the famous educationalist, one of the first great European classical scholars.

Since then, the Association has enacted its own statutes and defined its objectives and methods by which the exchanges are to be organised. Today the Association counts numerous member institutions from all over Europe.

We are
Comenius Association

Objectives:

The basic philosophy of the Comenius Association is to contribute to furthering the intercultural dimension in training European teachers through the cognitive, behavioral, methodological, pedagogic and linguistic domains.

It concerns learning to appreciate our differences, building tools in order to understand other cultures, and opening up to the intercultural dimension in Europe as teachers.

The objective is not the training of teachers to be capable of teaching in any European country, but rather to develop a distinctive cultural competence and all that is associated with that in relation to new relationships with others and the necessary knowledge if we wish to encourage future teachers to go beyond “ethnocentric culture” passed on by most of our educational systems.

The principles underlying our organisation are not of an imposing nature. The Comenius Association does not substitute itself for initiatives taken by different training centers that adapt themselves to their realities and objectives, which they are responsible for at the start of our common project. The Comenius Association provides a large network for contacts between teacher training institutions and European mobility via student work experiences (future teachers for preschool, primary and middle school) and their trainers or teachers.

 

Essentially the aim is to facilitate the different levels of coordination, as well as exchange of information, relative to different intercultural projects and products.

Also this contributes to continuously questioning the basic principles of the intercultural dimension in the European context, as the organiser of basic training and continuity in our teachers.

To be an active member of the Comenius Association requires respect of a common philosophy and respect for the quality criteria defined in the statutes and rules of internal organisation. For instance, we ask members to:

 

  • Accept the intercultural dimension as one of the organisers of teacher training.

  • Participate in exchange programmes (International Weeks and/or Erasmus and/or placement or research programmes etc.) respecting the common objectives and organisational methods.

  • Organise a reception programme in collaboration with partner institutions.

  • Organise at least one intercultural training module in preparation and drawing from the exchanges.

  • Participate in seminars and twice yearly general meetings of the Association and to participate in initiatives of at least one new activity, or new project which benefits other member institutions (e.g.publications, seminars).

  • To confirm in a clear manner in relation to financial posts of responsibility to the rules as stipulated in the statutes (e.g., annual subscriptions covering the functioning costs of the Association).

Mobility:

The Comenius Association aims to develop the intercultural aspects of teacher training for teachers in Europe, particularly through the axes inter-relational, educational and methodological.

This is precisely what can be achieved through the exchange students and teachers and also by reflection and analysis of experiments with this mobility.

 

The attention is not only focused on the contributions in education and interculturality but especially on teaching methods, assessment approaches and teaching and learning in training.

In respect of the specific, the Comenius Association plays an active role in improving the quality of teacher training in Europe.

International projects of the Association Comenius are specifically in the following areas:

  • International Weeks 

  • Erasmus+ (Students)

  • Erasmus+ (Staff)

 

The Asscociation Comenius aims to expand its activities through other programmes. Some institutions have already met in programmes other than those mentioned above. Thus, projects that focus on teacher mobility, internationalisation @ home and curriculum development will receive special attention in the coming years.

Statutes of the Comenius Association:

The year 1993, 20 February, the undersigned agree to establish under the law of 27 June, nineteen hundred and twenty-one, between them and those who subsequently become members, a nonprofit association whose statutes they stop.

Click here to see the statutes of the Comenius Association:

The General Assembly:

Origins of the
Comenius Association:

In March 1988, at a seminar organised by G.E.R.F.E.C. in Strasbourg, Mr Joan Maria Senent, educationalist at Escuela Univeritaria de Magisterio, "Edetania" of the University of Valencia (ES) and Mr Jaques Chevalier, educationalist at l’Ecole Normale du Brabant Wallon de Nivelles (BE) formulated the main lines of development of an intercultural project concerned with the initial training of teachers at pre-school and primary school level.

Soon after, several institutions of teacher education became involved in the initial stages of the exchange programme. The two colleges mentioned above were joined by institutions from Lille, Paris XVIème, Angers (FR) and PABO Alkmaar (NL).

During the academic year 1988/89 about one hundred students from those four countries participated in the exchange programme. During the academic year 1989/90, institutions of teacher education from Madrid (ES), Montpellier and Grenoble (FR) joined the pioneering colleges. More than two hundred students and tutors participated in the activities as proposed by the Comenius project. The name ’Comenius’ was chosen in honour of the famous educationalist, one of the first great European classical scholars.

Watch the film on the life of Jan Amos Comenius here (Director mr. Hlavsa and producer mrs. Hlavsova)

Since then, the Association has enacted its own statutes and defined its objectives and methods by which the exchanges are to be organised.

Today the Association counts numerous member institutions from all over Europe.

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This is our old logo. 

During the Autumn meeting of 2021 in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland the General Assembly voted on a new logo. This logo is designed by the creative studio HerenLoebas

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