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Title of the Project
Three hands
Brief description
This original project promotes multilingual competence tailor-made for a specific European region (the lower valley of the River Gail, neighboring Italy and Slovenia). It is based on trilingual teaching and involves a rotation system of pedagogues in kindergartens from the 3 communities / languages involved. Its impact is impressive: registration for the kindergartens involved doubled since the project started.
Target Language
German, Italian, Slovene
School Education
Further Information



Context & specific needs: a specific geographic region (the lower valley of the River Gail, neighboring Italy and Slovenia) where there was a strong need to introduce three languages and cultures from early childhood.


trilingual teaching in kindergartens from the 3 communities involved.


The specific geographic and cultural context facilitated the development of the initiative; Pedagogues were trained and supervised for the project activity. The evaluation was made by parents & teachers and showed high level of acceptance and wish to continue developing trilingual education from kindergarten to maturity.


Its impact is impressive: registration for the kindergartens involved doubled since the project started.

Why the European Language Label?

recognition of the originality of the project and the success it had from the very beginning. The promoters wanted to establish a start point to extend trilingual teaching to all teaching levels after the project finished.

Activities following the award of the European Language Label

Trilingual teaching has been extended to primary level in all the 3 regions. Documents supporting the extension of this kind of teaching were sent to educational authorities. Yearly conferences on early multilingualism are are held.

Assessment of the Impact of the European Language Label

Substantial impact at national and international / regional level. The initial expectations were more than exceeded.

Recommendations for future applicants for the ELL

To take into account the specific context and the real needs of the beneficiaries.


Consistency with European Policies in the field of Language Learning

The project is consistent with the current policies. It focuses on minority languages.

Consistency with European, National and yearly priorities

The project is consistent with the European, National and yearly priorities.
It provides added value, it motivates the children, the parents, it responds excellently to contextual needs.



Substantial impact in the region and on the education community. The project excellently reflects geographical situation and incorporates mediation of the 3 languages into the project's pedagogical concept. It also takes into account policies on minority languages. It was also extended to other educational levels.

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Date: 2014.10.27

Posted by Emil (Romania (Prosper))

Message: We were asked during the workshop to identify in the Nellip data base specific elements necessary to write good project proposals. \"Three Hands\" is also a good example of measurable impact of the initiative. We have to design from the beginning appropriate instruments which help measuring the progress and the impact of the project during its lifetime and after the end of the project.

Date: 2014.10.27

Posted by Anca (Romania (Prosperase))

Message: A very good example of adaptation to the local context and to the real needs of the beneficiaries! To be retained for future projects: as mentionned in the Guidelines also, a detailed analysis of the stakeholders and of the local situation leads to a successful project proposal and to very good results.

21 December 2014

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