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Vilmoura International School starts Erasmus Project

Vilmoura International School starts Erasmus Project

The Erasmus programme was established in 1987 and is among the most popular EU programmes in education and training. During its first year, only 3,244 students went abroad and now they are nine million and counting.

What started as a student exchange programme in 1987, has grown into something bigger and enriched the lives of more than 9 million direct participants. Each year, more than 300,000 students now study or train under the Erasmus+ umbrella.

Earlier, Erasmus was focused only on student mobility. But Erasmus+ brings opportunities to all — students, staff, trainees, teachers, volunteers and more. It’s not just about Europe or Europeans either — with Erasmus+, people from all over the world can access opportunities. Erasmus+ supports training abroad in Schools or education-related institutions for professionals connected to teaching kinder garten, primary and secondary.

Following this purpose, Vilamoura International School is participating in a mobility project, integrated in the school's European development plan, as a response to the need for internationalization. For this purpose, the «International Projects Office» was created, under the responsibility of the director Cidália Bicho and the teachers Ana Proença and Hélia Covas. We know that training abroad allows you to gain a broader perspective on education, exchange experiences and knowledge with colleagues from other countries and acquire new and best practices in education. That’s why we have enrolled for the Eramus + Education and Training Program Key Action 1 (KA1) - School Education which is about individual mobility for learning purposes.

The Erasmus National Agency - Education and Training, the body that coordinates EU funds for education and training projects, has recognized our project - 'Internationalizing in order to learn' as having the characteristics and qualities needed to be supported. Thus, six mobilities have been approved for the following training in: School management and leadership, ICT - Optimizing and innovating robotics (new methodologies and tools) and teaching foreign languages including CLIL.

Candidates for these mobilities will be selected according to criteria previously defined and approved by the National Agency under our project. After these mobilities, all experiences will be disseminated, ensuring that all experiences abroad are properly acknowledged and shared with the whole educational community and the general public.