Domenico Lenarduzzi: Never stop learning!

The inventor of Erasmus, Domenico Lenarduzzi, was the special guest at the Spring Day online talks on April 28 about educational programmes in Europe. Students from nine schools in seven countries asked him questions about the scope of these programmes, their limitations and where they are headed. They also presented their experiences, and wanted to know how small schools could face financial costs.

Mr. Lenarduzzi during the chat

The Erasmus programme was launched more than 20 years ago to fund university student mobility. Erasmus was behind countless initiatives supporting education and training across Europe. Today, the “Lifelong Learning Programme” (LLP) is an umbrella term that covers Comenius, which deals with school student mobility, Leonardo, concentrated on vocational education and training, and Gruntvig, focused on adult education. The current LLP ends on 2013. Its budget is some €7billion.

“Europe has been a success - economically speaking - but Europeans aren’t concerned about it,” says Lenarduzzi. “We launched the educational programmes so that young people could meet their peers and become the Europeans of tomorrow.” Comenius can be considered the most interesting educational funding programme, he added, because mobilising at secondary and high school level means investing in the future of Europe’s youngest students.

Lenarduzzi evoked his own story, as an Italian student studying in Belgium, and said that living in a different country had helped him acquire a European identity. He defined the EU’s educational policy as a common framework that doesn’t eliminate national systems, but encourages the exchange of knowledge within Europe and beyond. Considering education as a synergic process driven by parents, schools and society as a whole, Lenarduzzi stressed how important it is to learn new skills all life long.

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24/06/2009 by: Alessandra D’Angelo