The European Perspective

In this project, we have sought to strengthen the cooperation between formal and non-formal learning sectors. 

The views of what each sector can contribute with in the education of the child are different from country to country. In Germany, the youth workers are a very strong cooperator, whereas in e.g. Denmark it is a cooperator that barely exists. For this reason the conditions for cooperation between the sectors have different conditions. 

Getting to know different conditions and traditions have enhanced the outcome of the courses. Despite differences in the partner countries’ local habits, traditions, values, cultural and structural differences in education, progress has been made in coordinating education and school systems in Europe, which will make an impact on the everyday life in schools. 

Trying some of the same things, and fitting them into the overall picture (as described by Mikael Skånstrøm in his essay in Vol 2) has been an important factor in getting into the core of the project: How to enhance the children’s learning process by using different learning environments. So simple - but with many ways to go! 

The experiences from the partner countries clearly show that understandings and habits are different and must be discussed and worked with. The main European contribution has been working with the variety and the diversity of learning environments. The discussions have been as mirrors, showing weaknesses and preconceived ideas in every educational habit.