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Projects & Initiatives

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On this page we provide links to other projects and initiatives that you might find interesting.

Projects are listed:

  • teacher networks
  • international projects/initiatives
  • projects/initiatives per country

Teacher Networks

eTwinning offers a platform for staff (teachers, head teachers, librarians, etc.), working in a school in one of the European countries involved, to communicate, collaborate, develop projects, share and, in short, feel and be part of the most exciting learning community in Europe.

MySchoolsNetwork is a free online, educational platform aimed at broadening the horizons of pupils, students and teachers across the world. The platform was founded to support digital literacy, global citizenship and authentic language learning in primary and secondary education. Teachers can enrol themselves and their pupils and get an individual profile. They can then organize projects with a specific theme or participate in joint projects of other schools.

School Education Gateway is an online platform to inform about European policy and actions for schools. The platform is open for teachers, school leaders, researchers, teacher educators, policymakers and other professionals working in school education. The platform is presented in 29 European languages.

European Schoolnet (EUN) is the network of 33 European Ministries of Education, based in Brussels. As a non-profit international organisation, it aims to bring innovation in teaching and learning to key stakeholders: Ministries of Education, schools, teachers, researchers, and industry partners.

international projects/initiatives

The mission of the international RUTU Foundation is to significantly increase the size and significance of the mother tongue education domain while cultivating the circumstances required for a sustainable future for mother tongue education. On the RUTU website you will find resources and stories about multilingual education as well as information about the ongoing campaign being managed by this initiative.

LoCALL: Local Linguistic Landscapesfor global language education in the school context is a project (2019-2022) which examines multilingualism in ordinary places and in everyday lives. By involving both teachers and pupils in mapping local linguistic landscapes, it aims to harness the multilingualism that is all around us for language and intercultural education. It provides activities in seven languages (Dutch, English, French, Frisian, German, Portuguese and Spanish), videos, podcasts and an app to mapp the local linguistic landscape.

Language Friendly School aims to provide an answer and a plan for schools for the increasing multilingualism present in schools across the world. Within a Language Friendly School, everyone welcomes and values all languages spoken by the students, the parents and the school stakeholders. All schools are welcome to join. The network is open for primary and secondary schools; international, private, public and many more.

The IIEP Learning Portal by UNESCO provides comprehensive, up-to-date, relevant, and neutral information on learning issues, from primary through secondary education. It is also a place to foster a community where you can participate, share tools, best practices, perspectives and pose questions to enable us to all act together for the future of learning. The IIEP Learning Portal responds to the needs of education planners and policy-makers, civil society actors, and funders throughout the world

The TEMPLATE project (Technology-Mediated PLurilingual Activities for (language) Teacher Education) aims to support language teacher education in the EU on preparing modern foreign language (MFL) student teachers and upskilling inservice teachers on enhancing their approach to plurilingualism by using specific digital technologies for customised content production and activities support. 

The Edina project provides support to schools, teachers and municipalities in the reception and integration of newcomer pupils in the education system. Edina has developed a programme consisting of a training module to develop specific teachers’ skills and (intercultural) competences, a training module to promote active differentiation within the classroom, and a toolset and resource base to optimise the reception, observation and transition processes of newcomers.

The Erasmus+ project Teaching in Diversity (Teach-D in short) identified a gap in teacher training and created a handbook on teaching in diversity and an online training course for teachers and teacher trainers. It helps teachers to teach diversity, to teach in diversity and to manage diversity. It includes a module on teaching in multilingual settings.

E-Validiv is a multilingual digital learning environment (only available in Dutch) where parrot Pi guides pupils through different themes regarding world orientation. It is aimed at pupils in the last three classes of primary school. It is freely available to teachers and pupils who have access to the Flemish teaching platform KlasCement. All learning activities are available in seven different languages (Dutch, English, French, Italian, Polish, Spanish and Turkish).

Projects /initiatives in Belgium

The principal goal of the Steunpunt Diversiteit & Leren (SDL) is to support the diversity management of the Flemish education world by providing a coherent and scientifically-based support to professionals and organizations active both inside and outside the field of education.

Metrotaal – Mind the gap wants to inspire and support primary schools and their supervisors when it comes to an open language policy where all languages are welcome.

Projects /initiatives in Ireland

Mother Tongues is a social enterprise working to promote multilingualism and intercultural dialogue in Ireland.
This is done through three interconnected goals: 1)  Educating and empowering parents and educators; 2) Creating networks and support groups for multilingual families; 3) Raising awareness of the benefits of multilingualism and intercultural dialogue for individuals and society

Projects /initiatives in the Netherlands

Ynspirearjend Meartalich Underwiis/Inspirerend Meertalig Onderwijs is a joint effort of associate partners Cedin and NHL-Stenden University of Applied Sciences. The aim is to cooperate with schools to develop, improve and implement inspiring methods and materials for multilingual education, with Frisian at the basis. Information is available in Dutch and Frisian. Some projects are available in other languages as well, such as Taaltreast/Taaltroost/Language Comfort.

The 3M-projectMeer kansen Met Meertaligheid is a project (2017-2021) of associate partner NHL-Stenden University of Applied Sciences and aims to offer a framework for the appreciation and use of migrant languages, less language seperation in the languages of instruction ( Dutch, Frisian and English ) and a coherent use for these three in schools in Fryslân, the Netherlands. It offers a platform, toolbox and videobox as well as example multilingual activities (available in Dutch and English)

Holi-Frysk 2.0 – Frisian in secondary education: a holistic approach aims to develop an intervention which aims to create more positive attitudes for teachers and pupils towards (learning) the Frisian language and multilingualism. And it aims to investigate the effects of this intervention on the attitudes of teachers and pupils, the proficiency of the pupils in Frisian and the multilingual didactics of the teachers.