EQUIPE – Explore Quality Improvement in Primary Education

The Project

What does successful education look like? What challenges do schools and daycare centres have to take up in the 21st century? How do they go up to challenges? The Dutch-German Comenius Regio partnership EQUIPE dealt with these fundamental questions. Regular meetings of educators from the cities of ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Trier took place during the two-year term of the project, which ended in summer 2013. Dutch and German teams from six primary education institutions got to know the educational system of the participating countries and experienced the different learning cultures. They exchanged views on quality improvements in primary education and learnt from each other’s experiences.

The project was coordinated by Aufsichts- und Dienstleistungsdirektion and Pädagogisches Landesinstitut in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany and the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands. EQUIPE was supported by the EU within the framework of Comenius.

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Final Conference

On 16 May 2013, over 90 educators from Trier and ‘s-Hertogenbosch met in Trier for the final conference of the project. They shared their experiences from the two-year term of EQUIPE and discussed the future of primary education. The conference was titled “EQUIPEment for Education: Preparing Childrend for the 21st Century”. The documentation of the conference offers key insights into the outcome of the project and the discussions about quality improvement in primary education.

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Voices about EQUIPE

EQUIPE has given me the opportunity to gain new impressions and experiences, which will help me to improve the quality of my teaching.

The Comenius Regio partnership EQUIPE gave us the opportunity to look at our work behind the scene, to get out of the routine and to learn impartially something new. We had the opportunity to think over our work, to get some new inspiration and ideas.

Europe – education from the very start. One goal – different ways to achieve the goal using the examples of the Netherlands and Germany. It‘s important not to be restricted in one’s thinking. Sometimes you have to choose another way to reach a goal. And if it works out well, the paths will cross.

The most valuable experience for me was the reflection. Exchange, intercommunication and sitting in on classes allowed me to get a new perspective on my own teaching and made it possible to widen the variety of methods and increase the quality of education.