Acquiring key competences through heritage education

European project financed by the European Union Comenius Programme

Aqueduct is intended to help primary and lower secondary school teachers build methodological capacity for key competence oriented education of pupils in a heritage context.

In order to reach the Lisbon strategy targets, key competence development is imperative. Also the “European agenda for culture in a globalised world” wants to “build on the potential of culture as a concrete input/tool for lifelong learning. Heritage education is not only to be seen as a topic in ‘history, art and culture’ subjects but comprises a complex ‘extra muros asset’ offering great potential in reaching the LLP transversal key competences as set out by the Reference Framework: learning to learn, social and civic competences, sense of initiative and entrepreneurship and cultural awareness and expression.

In this way Aqueduct is responding to several policy issues and deals with the transversal key competence acquisition challenge and the priorities in the 2009 call for proposals.

  • General aim: To improve the acquisition of the Lifelong Learning transversal key competences in schools through heritage education.
  • Operational aim: To build teacher capacity for competence oriented education in a heritage context.
  • The target groups: Teacher trainers, initial teacher training students and teachers in schools reaching 6–14 age groups (primary and lower secondary education).


  • Landcommanderij Alden Biesen (BE): coordinator
  • Katholieke Hogeschool Leuven, BE
  • Platform Opleiding, Onderwijs en Organisatie, NL
  • Fundaţia Transilvania Trust, RO
  • Pädagogische Hochschule Steiermark, AT
  • Istituto Beni Artistici Culturali e Naturali Regione Emilia-Ro, IT
  • Małopolski Instytut Kultury, PL
  • Centre de Culture Européenne, FR
  • Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai, RO

Activities & products:

  • After needs analysis, research and concept development, the teacher training organizations and the ‘heritage providers’ confront their views on heritage.
  • The partners will collect, describe and assess good practice in the light of the Aqueduct approach.
  • A training workshop will prepare partners and members to pilot local, national and international heritage initiatives.
  • All this will form the basis for a set of publications in English and in each partner language to be used by teachers, trainers and teacher trainers.
  • Dissemination and mainstreaming will be established through the training and presentations by a European team of trainers, in-service training days in the partner countries, a final dissemination conference, the project website and the implementation of the training modules in in-service and initial teacher training organizations.

All partners are involved in networks and associations and will use these contacts for dissemination and exploitation.

Organised meetings:

  • 1. Kick-off meeting,Centre Culturel Européen, Saint Jean d’Angely (FR) – 25- 28 October 2009
  • 2. Training for teachers, Platform Opleiding, Onderwijs en Organisatie, Leiden (NL) – 14-16 March 2010
    The aim of this meeting is to come to common agreements on definitions and approaches concerning key competences, key competence oriented education, heritage education, to give feedback on the material created so far and to prepare for the Krakow meeting and the St Jean training.
  • 3. Partners meeting, Małopolski Instytut Kultury, Cracovie (PL) – 2-5 June 2010
    The aim of the meeting was to establish a common methodological approach to acquiring key competences through heritage education and formulate the principles of collaboration in modules which will be implemented later. It is important because the partners in the project are two different kinds of institutions: pedagogical and educational institutions, whose aim is to develop models of education directed at acquiring key competences, and ’heritage providers’, who are intended to cooperate with schools in the implementation of the models.–meeting-in-krakow
  • 4. Training meeting and partners meeting, Centre Culturel Européen, Saint Jean d’Angely (FR) – 14-17 October 2010
  • 5. Training meeting and project evaluation at Bologne organised by the Istituto Beni Artistici Culturali e Naturali Regione Emilia-Ro (26-29 Octobre 2011).

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