Comenius European Partnership


Meeting room of the Town Hall, Madrid

“We are all citizens of one world.”

Ms Bethan Owen and a colleague from Preston Street School represented James Gillespie’s High School Cluster in a recent European Comenius project funded by the British Council. Both had opportunities to visit schools in Madrid, meet with European colleagues and compare educational systems and language learning.

The project linked DG Quality and Improvement of Education, the City of Tres Cantos, the Rey Juan Carlos University,  five schools from the Community of Madrid, City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh University, Sciennes and Preston Street Primary Schools. Representatives from ten primary and secondary schools will meet again next May in Edinburgh.

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