Pixel, is an international education and training institution with over 15 years of experience in international cooperation and European project management.
Established in Florence (Italy) in January 1999, Pixel is engaged in a constant improvement in the quality of the services performed. Pixel obtained quality certification according to UNI EN ISO 9001. Pixel is also accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education and by the Tuscany Regional Government.
15 people work as full time staff at Pixel, also over 100 external experts and trainers cooperate with Pixel.
Pixel has a specific expertise and a long experience in the following areas:
- Organization of international education and training initiatives
- Direct submission and management of European projects
- Organization of international events and conferences in the field of education
- Organization of international study visits, mobility and exchanges
- Transnational Networking and Partnerships
1) Organization of international education and training initiatives
Since 1999, Pixel organizes and deliver international in-service training courses on different topics such as: European cooperation, new technologies for education, innovative educational methodologies, language learning etc. Some of these courses have been delivered in over 40 editions so far. An average of 300 participants, from all over the world, attend Pixel international courses every year. The international courses organized are addressed to: school teachers, head of schools, university lecturers, trainers, researchers, public officers, managers of education and training organizations etc. Since 2011 Pixel also organizes the international Master on European Project Planning and Management that has now reached its 5th edition.
2) Direct submission and management of European projects
Since 1999, Pixel was/is involved in 87 European projects funded by the European Commission in the framework of the following Programmes:
- Leonardo da Vinci
- Socrates ODL
- Socrates. Sub Programmes: Minerva, Grundtvig, Lingua
- Lifelong Learning. Sub Programmes: Comenius, Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Grundtvig and KA1, KA2, KA3, KA4 Transversal Programmes
- Erasmus+, KA2-Strategic Partnerships and Sport
The thematic areas addressed by the European projects in which Pixel is involved are:
- Innovation in Education – 13 projects implemented
- Prevention of Early School Leaving – 8 Projects
- Language Teaching and Learning – 12 Projects
- Science Education and Research – 11 Projects
- History Education and Research – 5 Projects
- Fine Arts and Research – 4 Projects
- Promotion of Employment and Entrepreneurship - 7 Projects
- Social Inclusion – 7 Projects
- Health – 7 Projects
- Safety, Justice and Human Rights – 3 projects
- Support and Innovation Services for SMEs – 4 projects
- Other areas – 6 Projects
Pixel also coordinated and managed over 30 projects funded by the European Social Fund (ESF). These projects focused on: in-company training; training for youth to support their access to the labour market; equal opportunities.
3) Organization of international events and conferences in the field of education
Since 2001, Pixel organizes international conferences in the field of higher education and research. Three of them are organized on a yearly basis. The first one is entitled: The Future of Education and it is held in Florence, every year, in June. The second international conference is entitled: ICT for language Learning and it is held in Florence, yearly, in November. The third international conference is entitled: New Perspectives in Science Education and it is held in Florence, yearly, in March. About 250 participants attend each of the events representing over 50 countries in the five continents.
4) Organization of international study visits, mobility and exchanges
Since 2004, Pixel has organized and managed several international mobility initiatives acting as host /intermediary organization in the framework of the Leonardo da Vinci mobility programme under the PLM, VETPro and IVT actions as well as in the framework of projects funded by the European Social Fund. The mobility initiatives were organized for groups of students as well as for groups of experts from all European countries. The mobility initiatives organized focused on several subject areas such as: tourism management, quality management, enterprise management, organization of vocational training initiatives, innovation in vocational education, new technologies, data processing, business administration, accountancy, agriculture and forestry etc.
5) Transnational Networking
Pixel has developed international partnerships with over 500 organizations worldwide. Pixel’s transnational partners are:
- Higher Education Institutions
- VET Organizations
- Adult Education Institutions
- Public Authorities (Ministries, Regional bodies)
- Research centres
- Cultural institutions
Pixel was also the transnational coordinator or a member of some European networks, for example NELLIP (Network of European Language Label Initiatives and Projects) ; Chemistry Is (Network for the promotion of Chemistry Education) etc.