"We are all citizens of one world." - Our motto.
The Comenius Programme is named after Jan Amos Comenius (1592-1670), often considered the father of modern education. Comenius is a European Union fund aimed at schools, colleges and local authorities across Europe and has two main objectives:
- to develop knowledge and understanding among young people and education staff of the diversity of European cultures and languages, and the value of this diversity.
- to help young people to acquire basic life skills and competences for their personal development, for future employment and for active European citizenship.
The title of Ampleforth’s Comenius project is “The Monastery: An Oasis of Learning.” It has direct links to CT, Biology and Geography. It sees students and teachers from four similar schools from different parts of Europe work together to learn more about one another's culture and language. Of particular value is the aim of the project which seeks to further understanding of how a school such as ours can apply our Benedictine ethos for the benefit of the contemporary student.
Our three partner schools are:
- Stiftsgymnasium der Benediktiner in Kremsmünster, an Austrian Benedictine day school
- Pannonhalma Benedictine College, a Hungarian boarding school for boys
- Liceul Teologic Romano Catholic Segito Maria, Miercurea Ciuc, a state secondary school in Romania where the majority of are Hungarian origin. The region that the school is located in is one of the poorest areas of Romania.
Each year, the Comenius Group visit one of their partner schools to learn from each other and share in each other’s day to day lives. We chose students to participate who we are confident and will demonstrate the maturity to enjoy such a rich and different cultural experience. The visits are educational – with work to be done whilst at the host schools and we feed back what we learn.