The Official page of the DG Education & Culture in which there are much information about: Education and Training, Youth, Culture, Multilingualism, Sport. You can search for documents, opportunities, programs and useful links to other websites that might be interest you by just one click. This is the home of the Comenius Program and this is where you can find all the available, up-to-date and official information about Comenius.

The Lifelong Learning Programme: education and training opportunities for all
The European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme enables people at all stages of their lives to take part in stimulating learning experiences, as well as helping to develop the education and training sector across Europe.

The Comenius Program focuses on all levels of school education, from pre-school and primary to secondary schools. It is relevant for everyone involved in school education: mainly pupils and teachers but also local authorities, representatives of parents’ associations, non-government organisations, teacher training institutes and universities. The Comenius program fund several types of actions related to school education.

Comenius "mobility" actions enable individuals to travel abroad to take part in a project:
- Individual pupil mobility: gives secondary school pupils the chance to spend a study period abroad for up to ten months;
- In-service training of staff grants: enable teachers and other education staff to undertake training abroad, for up to six weeks;
- Assistantship grants: fund student teachers to work in a school abroad for up to ten months.

Organisations involved in the school education sector from different European countries can work together in various ways through the programme:
- Schools partnerships: enable school co-operation and class exchanges;
- Regio partnerships: co-operation between different regions;
- eTwinning: internet platform for teachers and schools.

Multilateral projects and networks:
These are larger-scale actions, with organisations from different countries working together to develop, promote and disseminate good practice and innovation in school education.

eTwinning is the Community for schools in Europe. Teachers from all participating countries can register and use the eTwinning online tools (the Portal and the Desktop) to find each other, meet virtually, exchange ideas and practice examples, team up in Groups, learn together in Learning Events and engage in online-based projects.

Young people have been hit particularly hard by the recent social and economic crisis.
“Youth on the Move” aims to increase their chances of finding a job by enhancing student
and trainee mobility and improving the quality and attractiveness of education and training
in Europe. “Youth on the Move” is part of “Europe 2020”, the EU's plan for how Europe will emerge from the social and economic crisis.

PLOTEUS is a platform that aims to help students, job seekers, workers, parents, guidance counsellors and teachers to find out information about studying in Europe.

What is Europass?
Whether you are planning to enrol in an education or training programme, looking for a job, or getting experience abroad, it is important to be able to make your skills and competences clearly understood.

Europass is a new way of helping people to:
- make their skills and qualifications clearly and easily understood in Europe (European Union, EFTA/EEA and candidate countries);
- move anywhere in Europe.

Europass consists of five documents:
- two documents (Europass curriculum vitae (CV) and Europass Language Passport) you can fill in yourself; and
- three other documents (Europass Certificate Supplement, Europass Diploma Supplement and Europass Mobility) filled in and issued by competent organisations.

Europass is supported by a network of National Europass Centres.

Teaching material

This is your one-stop resource for a wide range of teaching material about Europe. The material has been produced by various EU institutions and other government and non-government bodies in order to help young people learn about the European Union and its policies.

These websites, brochures, books, maps and posters explain what the EU is and what it does. They address many of the questions and challenges facing society today, for example, what can we do to protect our environment? How can we live together with peace and security for all?

Whether you’re looking for inspiration for your lessons or concrete information on European history, citizenship, or something as specific as reducing individual energy consumption, you should find something useful tailored to the age-group of your students. You have just to click on the age group of your class (up to 9 years, 9-12 years, 12-15 years, 15+ years) to find the material best suited for your teaching requirements.

Here you will find a number of richly illustrated slides about what the European Union is, what it does and how it works. You may use them if you are a teacher or if you are giving a speech about the EU. The slides do not come in any particular order nor do they constitute a complete speech – it is up to you to select the ones you like and maybe to combine your choice with your own slides. Each slide provides some very simple facts or key words in a style that can be easily understood by an audience with no prior knowledge of the EU. However, you, as the teacher or speaker, should have a greater knowledge of the subject in order to use these slides – if necessary, the information available on the website "The EU at a glance" may help you. is the official website of the European Union. It is a good starting point if you are looking for information and services provided by the EU but you don't know your way around our sites.

This site gives you:
- basic information on how the EU works
- the latest EU news and events
- links to EU information on the websites of EU institutions and agencies.

Who runs this site?
The site is run by the Communication department of the European Commission on behalf of the EU institutions.

This site is for each and every European citizen, to know his/her rights and to find practical tips to help him/her to move around the EU. The information on this site there are categorized into the following categories: Travel, Work, Vehicles, Residence, Education & Youth, Health, Family, Shopping. It must be mentioned that new content and updates are regularly added.

The European Youth Portal offers European and national information of interest to young people who are living, learning and working in Europe. The portal gives information on 8 main themes (Studying, Working, Volunteering/ Exchanges, Your rights, Portals for young people, Info on Europe, Active citizenship, Travelling in Europe), covers 31 countries and is available in 25 languages.
The portal allows young people to have their views heard - through online discussion forums, and their questions answered - through the Eurodesk Network.

Managed by the Publications Office of the European Union, EU Bookshop gives you online access to the European Union’s official publications. You can download them as PDF files or (for some) order copies to be sent to you at home free of charge.

The EU's channel on YouTube where you can find many short videos about EU topics. You can present these videos in your lessons and you can discuss with your pupils about the topics.

The Europa Diary contains short, informative and thought-provoking texts on a range of issues related to the European Union.

Texts are divided into six sections:

About the European Union: Basic information on what the European Union is and how it works.
Europe and me: Direct impacts of the European Union on young people including citizenship, education & careers.
My environment: A range of texts on different aspects of environmental protection, from energy to agriculture.
My rights, my choices: The rights and responsibilities of European consumers, be they in a shop or on-line, at home or abroad.
My health, my safety: Addresses a range of little-known issues such as indoor air pollution, counterfeit products, product labelling and more.
Beyond our borders: International relations, development aid and international trade are all related.

The Europa Diary is accompanied by “Teacher’s Guide”, which contains a range of activities based on the Diary texts and are designed to help teachers further explore the topics addressed with their students. The activities are varied in style (worksheets, discussion, research, analysis, role play, quizzes etc…) and aim to develop a variety of skills. A broad range of topics are covered, teachers of most subjects will find activities of relevance to their curriculum. Each activity is cleary prefaced with the following information: Objectives of the activity, Keywords, Contents of the activity, Curriculum links, Skills to be developed, Related reading in the Diary.