Comenius' original name was Johann
Amos Komenský. He was born
in Czech Kingdom in 1592 and died in 1670. He was a theologian, philosopher and pedagogue.
He believed that education is the way to reach ones full potential and lead a truly harmonious life. He worked on a new school system that he called Schola ludus - school through play. He wrote many didactical books, for instance 'The Gate of Languages Unlocked" - a textbook for teaching Latin and making it more attractive to children, and 'The School of Infancy' - a handbook for parents and educators.
His most famous work is 'The Labyrinth of the World and the Paradise of the Heart' from 1623 - which included utopian writings, about improving the society. His popular encyclopaedia 'Orbis Pictus' was still in use in the 19th century. The great German poet Johann Wolfgang Goethe wrote of it warmly many times - it was one of his favourite books as a child.
Comenius was one of the founding fathers of modern education, but, having lived through the period of the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648), he was also a cosmopolitan and universalist who strove incessantly for human rights, peace between the nations, social peace and the unity of mankind.
"I led a wandering life, I had no homeland. I was constantly propelled from one place to another, never and nowhere did I find a permanent home."
It is for
members of education: pupils, teachers, other education staff, but also local
authorities, parents' associations, non-government organisations ...
COMENIUS wants to support school partnerships, projects for the training of school education staff, and school education networks, better teaching,
COMENIUS wants to make us Europeans, to make us learns more
languages and he wants us to be able to move around in Europe.
COMENIUS wants different people to get along and learn together, in spite of our different nationalities and cultural backgrounds. We must not forget to support the disadvantaged and we must stop exclusion.
COMENIUS seeks to help those learning and teaching in schools to develop a sense of belonging to a broader and outward-looking European community - a community characterised by diverse traditions, cultures and regional identities, but rooted nevertheless in a common history of European development.
COMENIUS contributes to enhancing the quality and reinforcing the European dimension of school education by: promoting transnational cooperation and exchanges between schools and teacher training establishments; encouraging innovation in pedagogical methods and materials; promoting the transnational dissemination of good practice and innovation in the management of schools; developing and disseminating methods for combating educational exclusion and school failure, promoting the integration of pupils with special educational needs, and promoting equal opportunities in all sectors of education; promoting the use of information and communication technology in school education and in the training of staff working in this sector.
COMENIUS contributes to promoting the learning of languages in school education in Europe by transnational measures designed to: improve the quality of the teaching of European languages as foreign languages; improve the pedagogical skills of language teachers; improve the language skills of teachers of less widely used and less taught languages; increase the diversity of foreign languages taught; motivate all teachers and learners to increase the number of foreign languages they speak and improve the standard to which they speak them.
COMENIUS contributes to promoting intercultural awareness in school education in Europe by transnational activities designed to:
promote enhanced awareness of different cultures;
develop intercultural education initiatives for the school education sector;
improve the skills of teachers in the area of intercultural education;
support the fight against racism and xenophobia;
improve the education of children of migrant workers, occupational travellers, gypsies and travellers.