Globalisation expands boundaries, broadening our horizons and making our world smaller. International cooperation, the Internet and travel make personal and business relationships across borders increasingly common. A young person graduating from secondary school at this moment has a good chance of studying, working or living in an international environment. Pupils who come into contact with the international and intercultural community at a young age through internationalisation at school have a broader perspective and better chances on the international job market.
Internationalisation prepares pupils to take their part in the international community, promotes teachers' professional development and enriches the school curriculum. Through its role as the Dutch knowledge centre for internationalisation in primary and secondary education and teacher training, the European Platform contributes to increasing the quality of Dutch education through internationalisation.
Our goal is that all pupils in primary and secondary education receive a foundation based on internationalisation, in order to inspire and prepare them to study, work and live in an international environment. In addition, the European Platform provides support to schools wanting to establish internationalisation as an extra distinguishing aspect of their school. The European Platform also encourages the internationalisation of teacher training institutions for primary and secondary education in the Netherlands.