Regions co-operate on lifelong education and training

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Publication date: 1 November 2003



(2003), "Regions co-operate on lifelong education and training", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 35 No. 6.

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Regions co-operate on lifelong education and training

Regions co-operate on lifelong education and training

Around 120 regions of Europe, grouped in 17 projects, will work together for 18 months to exchange their knowledge and expertise in promoting lifelong education and training.

The so-called "R3L" projects will receive more than e2 million from the EU, to encourage fruitful exchanges of experience and good practice on a European basis. They aim to promote the creation of networks of learning regions in order to establish lasting European co-operation in lifelong education and training.

Each of the 17 projects, which were selected from 57 applicants, covers an average of seven regions. Of the ten topics proposed, the exchange of experience on the development strategies of learning regions, local economic growth, services to support the introduction of lifelong learning, the possibilities offered by information and communication technologies and social integration aroused the most interest.

The activities designed to promote these topics range from the exchange of fruitful practices and the production of information material or various evaluation tools to the organization of seminars and talks. Social inclusion, the multicultural dimension, the integration of the disabled and equal opportunities for women and men are some of the EU priorities that the projects are committed to support.

The term "learning region" can refer to any urban or rural area that seeks to achieve greater co-operation between education and training institutions.