The project «European Educational Exchanges» (EPE) supported by the European Commission (Leonardo da Vinci – Culture and Education), was developed between November 2005 and April 2007.
It consisted of 7 weeks of exchanges between teachers that took the shape of professional training modules. Each week resulted in a pedagogical chapter by discipline.
The project allowed to build the first «Basic Circus Arts Instruction Manual» in French, English, German and Portuguese including 2 accompanying DVDs of pedagogical material.
This manual is now a reference tool for circus arts trainers, complementing their practical training.
7 professional continuous training modules and exchanges between peers for circus arts teachers
From 2005 to 2007, 6 modules on different circus disciplines and 1 transversal module on safety and rigging were organized, hosted by FEDEC member schools. Each module brought together an average of 22 teachers from the most important professional circus schools in Europe and beyond. The results were collected by Jeff Hewitt Davis, pedagogical coordinator of this project and then edited into Manual chapters.
In 2008 and 2009, the FEDEC organized two new modules: the first hosted by the CNAC, focusing on Teeterboard, the second held at Zôfy Circus School, focusing on Russian Bar.
Two chapters were then added to the Manual.
In May 2009, EPE 2005-2007 won the Golden European Award for Lifelong Learning. This award was presented by Ján Figel’, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Training and Youth to Tim Roberts, President of the FEDEC during the Prague Conference on Innovation & Creativity in the framework of Lifelong Learning Programme.