What is EdGATE?
'EdGATE – Education Gate' will build a Europe-wide network of regional experts and decision makers in the field of education. It aims at offering a better understanding of the importance of education for regional development and a modern continent of Europe.
The main result will be the development of a model for a new type of regional school (European Regional College) for the benefit of the ordinary European citizen. This European Regional College will give parents and students the opportunity to visit a similar type of school in different regions throughout Europe. It will be a school, which shares basic principles with associated schools in other regions (multilingual and multicultural education, similar curricula and a common school leaving certificate).
To develop this new school model, the EdGATE partners have jointly defined special educational areas to be researched - so called 'Priority Areas'.
The 'Priority Areas' are:
(a) social inclusion
(b) gender mainstreaming
(c) quality assurance
(d) teacher education
(e) European dimension in education
(f) modern language tuition
(g) vocational education
(h) ICT (e-inclusion).
At present, 12 partners from ten European regions are involved in EdGATE (six regions from EU Member States and five regions from so-called Third Countries). The European Office of the Vienna Board of Education is the co-ordinating 'Lead Partner'. EdGATE is an INTERREG IIIC project, an initiative of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), aimed at the strengthening of economic development and social cohesion.