Jan Amos Comenius is considered the father of modern education. He was a humanist reformer, Protestant bishop, and philosopher.
He was born as Jan Amus Komensky in Moravia (which is now in the Czech Republic) in 1592.
He attended the Latin school in Perov, then went on to study at the universities in Herborn and Heidelberg. He became a pastor at the age of 24 and went into exile in 1620. During his exile he lived and worked in Sweden, Poland, Hungary, England and other European countries. He died in the Netherlands in 1670.
Comenius wanted to relate “education to everyday life by emphasizing contact with objects in the environment and systematizing all knowledge.” He was one of the first to support a universal education. He also believed that languages were best learned in conversation with native speakers, which also teaches the learner about the culture at the same time.
The programme is based on the development of “knowledge and understanding among young people and education staff of the diversity of European cultures and languages, and the value of this diversity”. It further aims “to help young people to acquire basic life skills and competences for their personal development, for future employment and for active European citizenship”.