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Secondary and primary schools in Europe:
EUMIND is a platform for networking with schools in India and Europe and for promoting interaction and intercultural understanding between their teachers and students.
The aim is not to get an as big number of schools as possible but schools that are committed to make quality projects and also student exchanges. The students age range in secondary schools will be mainly from 13 to 18 and in primary schools 10-12 years.
Primary school project models will not be so demanding as with secondary Schools and primary schools not need to be committed to student exchanges and also students' language requirements are not so demanding. In primary level the teachers' role in communication is bigger anyway, as we all know from Comenius projects.
Manipur state is mainly a rural area, so it is a good opportunity also for small rural schools in Europe to join cooperation with India. Eumind schools in Delhi and Mumbai are highly ranked quality institutions. Projects and exchanges will be done mainly with secondary and upper secondary levels. (Student age 13 - 18 years)
If your school is interested to join EUMIND, please send a mail to
We will respond by informing you about EUMIND schools in India, about their profiles, activities and resources. It is worth asking. Please also tell us shortly about your school!
English is the mutual language of communication of the EUMIND activities, of virtual eJournal projects and of student and teacher exchanges.
Schools with CLIL (Content Learning in Languages) are especially keen on transcontinental project work between Europe and India, because English is favoured in school syllabuses on both sides. Also other schools are welcome to join.
In addition, time zones of Europe and India easily allow videoconference contacts during the office hours. Videoconferencing is easily available to all Eumind schools via eJournals.
EUMIND has been established as early as in 2008, after two preliminary years of contacts since 2006. EUMIND schools run internet-based eJournal projects and organise study visits of teachers / headmasters and exchanges of students. There will also be opportunities for internships. EUMIND is originally the iniative of Comp@ct Comenius Network and Euneos.
Exchanges will be always agreed between schools. The schools will be committed to accommodate their guests in the homes of students of the partner school, which saves money.
That has worked also in India wery well. The families of Indian Eumind students specially in New Delhi area and Mumbai have high socio economic status and they are able to host European students.
Students don't pay for a stay in a host family and they are willing to host the Indian students when there will be a reciprocal visit.
The web tool eJournal is used in the EUMIND action. eJournals were developed within the framework of the COMP@CT Comenius network 2001-2004 and developed further since then. eJournal offers e.g. an easy publishing online tool and include a built-in videoconferencing room, embedding and a video server. Students conduct research with the help of project scenarios on general themes such as Go Green, Values, Regions, Arts and Human Rights…. The themes will be agreed by the schools together every year by each network.
More than one thousand Indian and European students, mainly from schools in Mumbai area, Pune and Panchgani in India and from Dutch, Belgian and Italian schools in Europe, participated in Journal projects and visits in the school-year 2011 – 2012.
Read more about EUMIND at http://www.eumind.net
We also arrange guided visits for European teachers to Eumind schools in India. The nex journey will be organised in October 2013 to New Delhi area and Mumbai. (Also to Manipur state visits for teachers will be possible later if there will be a group of minimum 10 persons).
2013 - 2014 school year timetable:
- Selection of new schools in Europe ---> February /March 2013
- February-March 2013: matching eJournal Projects Mumbai, Pune, Panchgani and Delhi schools with EU schools in The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Denmark, Finland and other European countrias.
- August 2013. Kick off projects in India
- September 2013: kick off projects in EU
-Project period will be up to end of January 2014. (Most schools in India have end of school year March-April).
about eJournal projects at www.eumind.net
on the frontpage or http://ejournal.eumind.net/
See eJournal projects in Library content (at the right).
- A teacher group will visit Mumbai /Delhi October
2013. Please send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join this visit.
There is no EU grant available for this kind of cooperation and travels, so schools have to pay travel cost by themselves including flights, hotel accommodation and all arrangements.
India Days in Europe:
In Europe there was in May 2012 the latest annual India Network day for Eumind schools from The Netherlands, Belgium and Italy. There were participants from these three countries and also some Indian Eumind teachers who happened to have an exchange with a Dutch or Belgian Eumind school. Click here
to view the photos of this Eumind network day.
In May 2012 there were Indian students (Mumbai, Pune, Panchgani) visiting Eumind schools in Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands and Finland.
Read more about Eumind activities on the website, www.eumind.net
and ask more information if you have more questions!
Next Eumind India Network day will be 17 April: Eumind network day in the Netherlands (1 whole day): there will be only Dutch and Belgian schools, no Indians this time, so language will be Dutch whole day.
EUMIND is not a programme of the European Union. It is a programme that started together with the Indian and European schools. Therefore member schools pay membership fee to cover the costs. The membership fee for European primary schools is really small, only 200 eur per schoolyear. For secondary schools it is 300 eur/ school year because of the bigger work load, organising visits and student and teacher exchanges. In India the membership fees are decided by local Boards.
India is an interesting country for many companies nowadays and it is perhaps possible to find support to cover the costs. In some countries it is possible to get a national grant to cover travel and other costs.
The BIG BENEFIT is that the bureaucracy is much lower than in many EU programs. No project applications, no heavy reporting, no financial regulations etc. That makes the EUMIND programme interesting for many schools.
We have agreed with the members that they will make an easy and fast evaluation yearly online and the projects will be documented well on eJournals.
The fee includes the use of the common eJournals for projects, online evaluation of projects and guidance and help in planning the projects. We also promise to match the partner schools so that every member school will have a successful project. The aim is that in each eJournal project there are a few schools from Europe and a few schools from India in the same project.
We also organise needed training. That will be agreed in each case. Also many European teachers (over 200 teachers) have participated in our "Midnight Sun" eJournalism project course in Lapland, Finland. Also in June 2012 there were 39 teachers from 12 countries participating in the course in June 10 - 16. 2012. Among them there can be potential Eumind/eJournal trainers for different countries. This year the Midnight Sun course with Eumind content and eJournalism will be organized in Lapland 9.-16. June 2013.
Additionally there are eJournal users in many European countries.
Pentti Pirhonen, Ilpo Halonen,
Eumind Europe Board,
Facebook sites at:
This is a group for teachers in India and Europe, who are the Eumind members, and Eumind trainers and staff.
Comp@ct Comenius Network, Chair