VIALIGHTprojectwebsite launched inRussian, GermanandEnglish
Anyone involved or interested in the European educational project VIA LIGHT will be able to follow the unique bilingual effort at vialight.eu, starting from June 18, 2012. The website is available in Russian, German and English, official languages of the project.
"We created the official VIA LIGHT website as part of an experiment," said the head of the Web and Graphic Design Agency SCHLEICHER-FARM.COM Michael Schleicher. "We were not even sure whether we would be successful in this online work with our partner organizations. Indeed, most of the project's partners come from the sphere of education, and we, as Internet geeks, had believed that the web wasn't really fit for this purpose. Fortunately, we proved wrong and managed to establish an excellent dialogue that led to the creation of this website."
According to Mr. Schleicher, VIA LIGHT participants, encouraged by the successful launch of the website, have taken up the development of an online educational portal that will be part of the project and become operational this fall.
The final version of the website was approved by all project participants at VIA LIGHT's Third Working Conference held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, on June 10-13.
VIA LIGHT was officially launched in Tallinn, Estonia, on January 18. Its participants include various children's and educational institutions from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Moldova, as well as the leading Russian news agency RIA Novosti.
VIA LIGHT is a follow-up to the Innovation Project LIGHT (Language for Integration and Global Human Tolerance) carried out in 2007-2009 to create a model for bilingual preschool and school education in Europe for children of immigrants, including from Russia and other CIS countries.
The project is scheduled to run for two years (2012-2013). Its goal is to develop special training modules and to create a common methodology for the training and professional development of teachers with an expertise in children's bilingualism.
Innovative educational modules will be tested and certified in at least three universities, six bilingual schools and 15 kindergartens located in the participating countries.
Like its predecessor, VIA LIGHT is supported by the European Union's Lebenslanges Lernen / Lifelong Learning program.
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