Bridge The Gap Between Education And The Local Community

Lisbon (Portugal)



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  • Collaboration

Local partners organize these international courses in cooperation with Eekhout Academy.

The hosting partner organisation is ALMADAFORMA


AlmadaForma: School’s Training Centre of Almada

Rua 25 de Abril

Monte da Caparica 2825-105

Almada – Portugal

PIC 945946911

  • What


In modern society there is a real risk that education (school) and the local community are evolving towards separate pathways and directions. This is problematic as several international studies pointed out that the local community can strengthen the impact and effect of education.

The International Association of Educating Cities was created at the 1st International Congress of Educating Cities, held in Barcelona in 1990 to close this gap. At that moment the initial Charter was approved. The Charter was revised in 1994 and in 2004, in order to improve and adapt its concepts to the new challenges and social needs we face.


1 All the inhabitants of a city have the right to enjoy the opportunities for education that the city offers.
2 The city will promote education in diversity.
3 An educating city will foster dialogue between generations.
4 The municipal policies of an educational character shall always be inspired by the principles of social justice and democratic community spirit.
5 The municipalities exercise their powers effectively in matters of education. They shall put forward a broad and integrated education policy, included formal, non-formal and informal education.
10 The municipal administration must equip the city with spaces, facilities and public services paying special attention to children and youth.
14 The city will make an effort to provide parents with the education they need to help their children.
16 The city must develop affirmative action policies against mechanisms of exclusion and marginalization.

The City of Lisbon and the City of Almada are both member of the International Association of Educating Cities and can bear the title of ‘Cidade Educadora’.

In these cities several examples of the implementation of the charter are realised.

In this course we offer input on the manner local communities can support and help education. It offers methodologies schools can use to enhance their cooperation with the local community.

Some parts of the course are organised on location, such as Municipal departments, centres for educational inclusion, care-taking facilities operated by schools and local authorities and schools.

Session 1: Determination of needs

How to determine the needs of a school, how to be aware of the potential support of a local authority, how to integrate in school’s quality plan

Session 2: School as a hub between learners, parents and local community

How to include parent’s participation, division of tasks between school and local authority, practical and logistic aspects, infrastructural aspects, school premises: private or public use

Study visit to education support centre and schools in Lisbon

Session 3: Administrative and financial aspects

What kind of contract between schools and local authorities, financial impact and funding, European Social Fund

Study visit to the Education Department of the City of Almada

Session 4: Psychological and pedagogical approaches

Awareness of differences in target group, handling differences, communication with different actors, role of police, role of social services

Study visit to centre for family support SKILZ (Lisbon)

Session 5: How to set up and incorporate an affective bond between school and local community

Common pedagogical project, professionalisation activities for teachers, school policy

Study visit to primary school E.B. Carlos Gargaté, Charneca da Caparica



The course is organized in the conference room of AlmadaMundo located at the South Bank of the river Tejo in Lisbon. (12 km from Lisbon airport).  The participants are free to stay in a hotel of their own choice.
There is very easy access from the airport. Public transport and taxis provide fast connection from and to Lisbon centre.


– We offer a flexible cost structure, allowing you to select the package that fits best your personal or school situation.
– For a detailed explanation, have a look at our ‘Cost Structure‘.


– You can request an Erasmus Plus grant from your national agency which will cover almost all costs of this course.
– We can guide you through the process of funding and application. To do so, you need the make a pre-registration.
– After pre-registration, we’ll contact you by mail and provide the application help.


– There is a taxi service at the airport that can drive you to the hotel.
– It’s particularly difficult to leave Lisbon between 16:30 and 19:00 h and to enter Lisbon between 08:30 and 10:30 h.


You can take the metro located at exit of the arrival hall of the airport and leave the metro at the terminus station Cais do Sodré.
– The Aerobus is another good way to travel from and to the airport. The Aerobus provides a connection between the airport and Cais do Sodré.
– At the station of Cais do Sodre, you can take a ticket for the ferry boat to Cacilhas (south bank of River Tejo). During working hours, there is a crossing every 15 minutes. The ferry takes 12 minutes to arrive on the other side of the river.
– At Cacilhas you can take a taxi or tram for the remaining 5 km.


– A rental car is not so expensive. Sharing a rental car with 3 other people for all transport during the course, can be cheaper than relying on a taxi.
– The airport is connected directly to the hotel by the Ring of Lisbon and the North-South Connection (Eixo Norte – Sul).
– Crossing the bridge, you have a marvellous view on Lisbon, the estuary and both banks of the River Tejo.
– Bring or rent a GPS.
– Check the prices of rental cars on the Internet.

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