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In March 1988, at a seminar organised by G.E.R.F.E.C. in Strasbourg, Mr Joan Maria Senent, educationalist at Escuela Univeritaria de Magisterio, "Edetania" of the University of Valencia (ES) and Mr Jaques Chevalier, educationalist at l’Ecole Normale du Brabant Wallon de Nivelles (BE) formulated the main lines of development of an intercultural project concerned with the initial training of teachers at pre-school and primary school level.

Soon after, several institutions of teacher education became involved in the initial stages of the exchange programme. The two colleges mentioned above were joined by institutions from Lille, Paris XVIème, Angers (FR) and PABO Alkmaar (NL).

During the academic year 1988/89 about one hundred students from those four countries participated in the exchange programme. During the academic year 1989/90, institutions of teacher education from Madrid (ES), Montpellier and Grenoble (FR) joined the pioneering colleges. More than two hundred students and tutors participated in the activities as proposed by the Comenius project. The name ’Comenius’ was chosen in honour of the famous educationalist, one of the first great European classical scholars.

Since then, the Association has enacted its own statutes and defined its objectives and methods by which the exchanges are to be organised. Today the Association counts numerous member institutions from all over Europe.