The European Union Programmes Agency, on behalf of the European Commission, shall be introducing a new Comenius action for Malta entitled Individual Pupil Mobility. The new action is scheduled to start in Malta in 2012.
What is Comenius Individual Pupil Mobility?
This particular action gives the chance to secondary pupils to spend between 3 and 10 months in a host school and a host family abroad. It gives pupils a European learning experience and broadens their understanding of the diversity of European cultures and languages while helping them to acquire the skills they need for their personal development.
Like all other Comenius actions, Individual Pupil Mobility helps to build up sustainable cooperation between participating schools and to enrich the European dimension of school education. It supports them to recognise studies done at partner schools abroad. It also offers specific training for teachers involved in organising the mobility such as providing them with valuable international contents. Pupils also receive training to prepare for their stay abroad.
How do I get involved?
Comenius Individual Pupil Mobility is carried out between secondary schools that are, or have been, involved in a Comenius School Partnership together. They can apply for grants to send pupils to one or more of their Comenius partner schools. Pupils have to be at least 14 years old and enrolled full-time in their school.
Schools wishing to send one or more pupils have to apply to the Comenius National Agency in Malta – the European Union Programme Agency. Interested schools are advised to contact the agency well in advance of the deadline for further details on the application and selection procedure.
Please refer to the current call for proposals and related deadlines by clicking here.
– The grant contributes to the schools’ administrative costs and the cost of language preparation;
– It covers one return journey plus a monthly allowance for the pupil;
– It is paid via the sending school;
– Costs relating to training for pupils and teachers are paid directly by the National Agencies;
– Pupils are covered by a group health insurance scheme during their stay abroad.
For more information:
European Commission information leaflet on Comenius Individual Pupil Mobility: http://ec.europa.eu/education/comenius/doc/mobility/leaflet2011_en.pdf
Description of the action in the Lifelong Learning Programme Guide 2011: http://ec.europa.eu/education/llp/doc/call11/fiches/com4_en.pdf
Guide to Comenius Individual Pupil Mobility: http://ec.europa.eu/education/comenius/doc/mobility/guide2011_en.pdf