Elos is an educational concept that seeks to promote the European and international dimension in education. It is about preparing young people for a future in a society in which European integration and globalisation are a reality.
We believe in Elos!
Society is unmistakably becoming more internationally oriented and more complex while at the same time relative distances are becoming smaller. The increase of modern communication technology and faster modes of transport results in fading of the old borders of the world.
We believe that Elos can make a substantial contribution to our societies by inspiring a new generation to maximise their potential. Young people from all over Europe will develop themselves with more enthusiasm and more confidence across borders and countries while learning to work together.
By supporting this development we contribute to a better Europe and a better global society: a healthier and safer society in which living, working and learning for every individual and everyone can be meaningful and inspirational.
Elos defines the learning outcomes for students, describing the various dimensions that come into play when students (and citizens in general) participate in a Europe-related context.
The Common Framework for Europe Competence applies to students at all levels of the education system, possibly each with their own focus. The Elos concept of 'Europe competence' includes international job orientation and entrepreneurial skills as well as foreign languages and European history. Thus, students in both vocational and higher education programmes will benefit from the Elos competence concept.
Elos defines a quality standard for schools, describing the requirements for a school to be allowed to call itself an ‘Elos school’. By signing a ‘letter of commitment’, schools declare that they will work towards meeting these requirements.
Or in summary: making the European and international dimension a matter of school policy and the curriculum.
Elos offers an international network of schools, sharing the same objectives. In all participating countries, a national network (and/or several regional networks) of Elos schools exists. All Elos schools have adopted both the framework for Europe competence for the students, and the Elos School standard. Elos schools automatically become members of the international Elos network, which also entails:
- participating in international network meetings to share experiences and further develop the concepts and practices;
- contributing to international evaluation and research projects;
- having access to reliable partners, all equally committed to the common objectives with respect to the European and international orientation in education.