Bulgarian EU Commissioner Maria Gabriel has announced the start of the first eleven European Erasmus + Teachers' Academies at an event in Brussels. The European Teachers' Academies bring together 182 organizations from 23 countries, including organizations from Bulgaria in two of the projects. Their creation is one of the key actions in the initiative of EU Commissioner Gabriel for the construction of the European Education Area by 2025, said the Press and Media Department of the EC Representation in Bulgaria.
"Everyone in their life has at least one teacher who has given them the love of knowledge. The teaching profession is changing the world - by passing on the knowledge to the children who will create it tomorrow. New challenges for society require new skills and access to materials and That is why we are investing € 15 million under the Erasmus + program in eleven Teachers' Academies. We are creating communities of practitioners who will provide teachers with professional development opportunities, including mobility, learning platforms, sharing good practices, "he said. Maria Gabriel.
The Erasmus + Teachers' Academies will achieve three goals. First, stakeholder communities will be established to develop effective teacher career programs. Secondly, the European dimension will be strengthened through cooperation with trainers 'and teachers' organizations in other European countries. The third goal is to develop models of mobility - virtual, physical and mixed, as part of the professional development of teachers.
Erasmus + Teachers' Academies are an important step towards building the European educational area, and I believe that these 11 projects will become transnational communities for the exchange of good practices for raising the prestige of the teaching profession. "With additional funding, we will increase the number of projects, participating countries and organizations. We aim to set up 25 Erasmus + teacher training academies by 2025," said Maria Gabriel.