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ELOS - Education Stretching Borders

ELOS - Education Stretching Borders
ELOS - Education Stretching Borders
Europe as a Learning Environment in Schools

European and international guidance in schools for full exercise of active citizenship

General Objective


Contribute to a quality education by engaging students in a European and International learning environment, preparing them to act in a globalized world in order to fully exercise active citizenship. 




The ELOS Network was founded in 2004 as an initiative of the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) which has been supported by the Comenius Program. Currently, there are a significant number of ELOS schools in more than 17 European countries. The project has evolved in these stages:


  • The European dimension has been strengthened in the curricula. Schools have compared their curricula and "discovered" common approaches and appropriated and integrated the ELOS standards in their educational projects;
  • The teachings, both formal and informal, about the European Union, especially the one regarding national and community projects earned coherence and value;
  • Collaborative ractices and projects with European partners were encouraged and facilitated;
  • The inclusion of vocational schools in ELOS and the establishment of "bridges" with the labor market and Higher Education have considerably strengthened the impact of this initiative;
  • The educational and civic effect of the ELOS concept, demonstrating the benefits of its approach to students and parents, was worked through the network;
  • Training of teachers in EU affairs and the development of alternatives to the traditional mobility of students was encouraged through, for example:
    • Fields with thematic focus (such as Entrepreneurship);
    • Study trips to European institutions;
    • Lectures and discussions targeted at different levels of education;
  • Instruments such as ELOS Schools Manual, Student Portfolio, Common Framework for Europe Competence, etc. have been developed by the ELOS Network and are available online;
  • A Quality Assessment System implemented in a set of pilot ELOS schools was developed, through which the impact and results of the project were measured. 


Target Audience


Primary and Secondary Schools:


  • Students between 12 - 19 years of age;
  • Teachers;
  • School administrations;
  • Families.


Main Results/Products


  • Reference Framework for European Skills;
  • ELOS Schools Manual;
  • Student Portfolio.
  • Quality Review System 


To Participate in ELOS, the School must:



  • Intergrate the ELOS project into its strategy, analying the contribution of the project to the achievement of defined objectives and involving the school community; 
  • Create an inventory of all European and international activities - lectures, projects, modules - that are already being developed in the school;
  • Identify existing partnerships with schools in other European countries and how can these be developed further;
  • Define an annual and/or multiannual plan of activities aimed at developing the ELOS project;
  • Contact the national coordinator.




  • Europe: Vereniging Ons Middelbaar Onderwijs (OMO), The Netherlands;
  • Portugal: Jacques Delors European Information Center, members of the ELOS Management Team since 2011.
Project Management and External Evaluation 

The overall management and monitoring of the project is ensured by the Coordination Team (CT). Each CT member is responsible for monitoring and recording the progress of a set of countries. It is the CT's responsibility to make strategic project decisions and decide on te fial version of all documents/instrument and other materials produced. The overall quailty assurance of the project, in addition to being provided by the CT, has an external expert who conducts an independent evaluation. 


National Monitoring Panel - Entities that have been supporting the development of  ELOS in its different stages


  • Jacques Delors European Information Center
  • DGE - Directorate-General for Education 
  • Statistics and Education Planning Office (GEPE), Portuguese Ministry of Education and Science;
  • National Agency Erasmus + - Education and Training 
  • S.B.I Schools of S. Bruno.


Opinion of Participating Schools 

Participating Portuguese Schools that ELOS has been a contributing factor in reinforcing coherence in the way European issues are dealt with in national curricula and has allowed for the contextualisation, on a global basis, of the educational activities that take place in the scope of most varied projects that promote internationalization. They also consider that it has alloweed the whole school community to work transversally on European and International issues. 




  • Comenius Program 
  • National Institutions and Authorities of the 17 participating European Countries 




Jacques Delors European Information Center
Telephone: +351 211 225 013


Official Website


ELOS Project



Last Updated: 11/07/2017