The Metropolitan University

Most European schools for higher education want to intensify their international activities. Quite often they look for partners around the world and forget about opportunities in their neighboring regions. Instead of coming closer, the border areas move farther away from each other. The cross-border area of West Flanders, Hainaut and northern France goes against this trend. The project facilitates exchange of knowledge between professors and exchange of experiences between students


Creating the system of health saving support in schoolchildren in the Kaliningrad region and Klaipeda district

The overall idea of the project is to create a system of health saving support by establishing an international education and health centre, which will accumulate, test and disseminate innovative experience in health saving of schoolchildren among neighbouring countries and Russian regions. It includes: creating the system of health saving support in schoolchildren in the Kaliningrad region and Klaipeda district;improving pedagogical knowledge of developmental psychology and physiology and acquiring the ability to apply this knowledge in practice;improving health of the pupils of the partner educational organisations through reducing health risks which occur during the educational process.

Step by step into the neighboring country

Since 2006 Tandem, the coordinating centres for German-Czech youth exchange, have been supporting cooperation between German and Czech pre-school institutions, organizing seminars, distributing vital information and financial support for personnel and teachers interested in cross-border cooperation along the German-Czech border. Due to the constant work to bring young children and their families together, interest in cooperation has increased on both sides of the border. The Project´s target area covers all adjacent regions along the German-Czech border in Saxony, Bavaria and the Czech Republic. The target group involves children between three and eight, their parents and teachers, minders and tutors in kindergartens, primary schools (1 and 2 grade), crèches and youth clubs.Within the duration of the project Tandem offers a wide range of support to bring people – first and foremost children – closer together. Aside from a quarterly newsletter, a contact scout, professional and methodical advice and counselling, publishing literature concerning cross-border activities in early childhood, these offers include the specially trained ”Ambassadors of the neighbouring country” who deliver their programs to interested institutions and facilities. Bringing Czech and German children between 3 and 8 years of age and teachers together helped them to gain early knowledge of the neighbouring country its language and customs. Building cross-border friendships at a nearly stage in life to make the border less impenetrable and get to a mutual understanding and a tolerant communality between the people.


Coaches unite

Czechs and Bavarians are neighbours with a difficult history. Nationalism and the Cold War divided both nations for a long time. The year 1989 brought the unique chance of a new beginning. The Czech-German Football School, a project promoting football talent, is unique in European terms as it is a professional approach to training that we would like to provide to the kids. Czech and Bavarian children shall learn to play football together in one mixed team. This helps young German and Czech footballers in their attempt to acquire knowledge of language and culture from the neighbouring country in a fun and enjoyable way. They learn passing and shooting. They score goals together and make friends through football. The idea has had good success. More than 4000 children have taken part in our projects so far. The current project focuses on European coach development. The Bavarian and the Czech Football Association issue a joint cross-border licence for youth coaches. For the first time, youth coaches have the chance to learn, within international groups, the way of football education in Bavaria and Czech Republic. The coaches can pass joint exams and obtain a European youth licence entitling them to work in the neighbouring country. The focus is again on children. A large network of youth clubs and youth coaches was established. Youth football teams with more than 3000 children in total met during cross-border tournaments.