ARION 3.10. - 8.10.2004

Arion is a European Community action of study visits for education specialists and decision makers, especially in the sphare of primary-, secondary- and vocational secondary education. The target group for this action are people who according to their professional duties and profiles are qualified to report on their findings to policy makers, to implement their new knowledge into their professional environment and to act as multipliers.
The main objectives are the following :
• to enable those exercising important educational responsibilities at local or regional (and in some cases national) levels to review and modify their work in the light of direct experience of educational structures and reforms in other Member States.
• to increase the amount of high-quality, selected and up-to-date information about education developments throughout the Community which is available to policy makers.

Themes of study
Given the objectives of this action and the target group, it is quite natural that the Arion scheme follows the political agenda and the latest priorities very closely. Topics discussed by the European Ministers of education are at the forefront for the Arion scheme. Topics identified as a priority by the Member States of the Union are taken on board as well.
The list of themes of this action is thus quite flexible and may easily be adapted to new emerging needs. These themes cover the following domains:
• The education systems and their values;
• The players in education: students, teachers, parents;
• Education (curricula) and its tools;
• The school and its environment;
• Other aspects (language studies, educational statistics).

Tiina Viikmann from Tallinn Medical School participated in the ARION study visit „Adult Education“ in Haag, Netherlands from 3rd to 10th October 2004. The group consisted of 11 people from nine different countries. The aim of the visit was to get acquainted with the work of different level institutions connected with education (Ministry of Education, City Government, vocational educational institutions, adult education centers) and to get an overview of different countries´ educational systems.