INTERREG ELAN project completes first-year implementation

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CASTRIES, St Lucia — Partners of the INTERREG “Linguistic Exchange and Innovative Learning through Mobility” (ELAN) project celebrated the first anniversary of its implementation and took stock of some of the major achievements of the last 12 months.

The INTERREG ELAN project, which was initiated by the Academy of Martinique in 2019 with the support of the Public Interest Group for Continuing Education and Professional Insertion (Martinique), pursues three main objectives including:

  • Strengthening the skills of young people in the Caribbean basin;
  • Facilitating professional immersion; and
  • Boosting the attractiveness and competitiveness of the territories and countries of the region.

The first academic year of the project saw multiple achievements with regards to student mobility, capacity building and exchange of best practices between teachers from Martinique and Guadeloupe, and from Eastern Caribbean countries.

Over 40 students benefited from a €700 grant per month along with a travel allowance of approximately 80 percent of the cost of a round trip ticket which facilitated their participation in immersion programmes in the Caribbean basin.

A group of five teachers from the Commonwealth of Dominica participated in a French as a Foreign Language (FLE) workshop in April 2019 which included a cultural immersion in French and Creole, with access to multiple educational resources. Additionally, 80 primary and secondary school teachers from the Académie of Martinique participated in a series of 14-day workshops hosted at the University of The West Indies Cave Hill Campus Centre for English Language Learning (Barbados).

During the first year of implementation of the INTERREG ELAN project, 14 Master’s students from Martinique and Guadeloupe were able to participate in an immersion and comparative research project in Saint Lucia.

These activities also served as an opportunity to conclude sustainable partnerships between multiple education institutions.

Partners of the project acknowledged that many activities could not be completed as planned due to the COVID-19 health crisis. However, they indicated that the project was not financially impacted. To conclude, partners reaffirmed their commitment to pursue the implementation of the INTERREG ELAN project, which is expected to be finalised in December 2020.

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