Cartoon Animated Training Programme

Cartoon Animated Training Programme


Project Name

Cartoon Animated Training Programme


European Union


12 Months

Start Date


Finsih Date



Turkey , Spain, Italy, Bulgaria, France

Parties Concerned

:: Italy

Municipality of Lari 

Agenzia Formativa Livingston

ISIA Firenze



Municipality of Santa Maria a Monte

Province of Pisa


:: Bulgaria

Intercultura Consult Ltd

BALKANplan Ltd

:: France

ESBAR - Ecole Superieure des Beaux Arts de la Reunion


:: Spain

 Iniciativas de Proyectos de Formación 


:: Turkey

GAYA - Ekonomik ve Sosyal Konuları Araştırma Enstitüsü

Project Summary

Cartoon - Animation Training is a two-year project, part of the EU Leonardo programme, which aims to create and promote animation training. Designed by the Livingston Training Agency in collaboration with the MBVision communications company, it makes the Town Council of Lari the leader of a prestigious partnership that includes important European contributions like the ISIAHigher Institute for Artistic Industries of Florence (Italy), ESBAREcole Superieure des Beaux Arts de la Reunion (France), the Istituto Iniciativas de Proyectos de Formacion (Spain), the Balkanplan consulting company (Bulgaria), the Intercultural Consult company that deals with intercultural projects (Bulgaria), the GAYA Institute of social and economic research (Turkey), the TAGETE publishing house (Italy), the Amarganta cultural association (Italy) and lastly two institutional boards like the Town Council of Santa Maria a Monte and the Province of Pisa.


Try to imagine a course that deals with security at work; and then imagine that, instead of taking part in a normal lesson with a teacher, you watch a cartoon that manages to explain, in an exhaustive and fascinating way, the rules and correct behaviour you should follow at your workstation. This is animated training. A different way of teaching, a different way of learning, a different way of transmitting and receiving knowledge and a different way of training.
The Cartoon project aims to systematically develop this teaching tool; in fact it already exists but its potential has never been fully exploited and understood. Comics, illustration and animation are all extremely powerful means of imparting knowledge and this is what it concentrates on.


Educational animated training units (comics, cartoons, illustrated books, multimedia DVD…) will therefore be created during the development of the project and, at the same time, strategies will be studied to arrive at the definition of the appropriate teaching methods for identifying a new type of teacher. This professional figure will therefore be enriched with new skills, such as the ability to dramatise his teaching, in other words, to translate the entire course into a story that will then be transposed into images by the artist or the cartoon maker.


This form of language offers some important advantages. First of all, it makes it possible, in many cases, to overcome language barriers (we are thinking here of a short film without any dialogue). Comics and cartoons, moreover, are a media that already form much of the culture of young people, who are the potential users, and are charged with an innate attraction. Lastly, animated training products are well suited to new technology and the new instruments of communication and knowledge; it is in fact then extremely easy to transmit a cartoon on the web.


The Cartoon project is therefore directed towards teachers and trainers, who will have the chance to add new knowledge to what they already know, to comic makers, script writers and cartoon makers, who make their personal creativity available, to principals and executives of educational structures, who can carry out teaching programmes suitable for avant-garde schools, to policy-makers, who can utilise the basic ideas of the project to define political proposals on vocational training and lastly to the users of the teaching and professional training programmes (students, university students, apprentices, trainees…) who are the final recipients of these innovative teaching methods.


The project aims to achieve the development of permanent quality learning and to promote the European and universal dimension of animated education by increasing cooperation to guarantee quality in the areas of education and personal development through an exchange of methods between institutions, schools of comics and animation, universities, schools and training agencies on a European level; this will come about through the transfer of the Animated Training Product and of animated educational units. To do this the project will centre its attention on all the pedagogical and methodological suppositions that come into play in teaching/learning relationships and within the training structure.


The final outcome will lead to the development of an innovative contribution towards animated training systems, already tested in previous projects. The impact will come about with the development, during the normal activities of the recipients - schools, training bodies, universities, businesses, etc. - of the product itself. The project goes to fill a gap that people working in education and training on a purely national level, or with ambitions for Europeanization, have long seen as urgent: the lack of efficient languages allowing the complete transmission of messages/concepts from the transmitter (teacher/trainer) to the recipient.


The focus in training is often based on the use of educational standards that do not endorse the use of technology, thereby excluding the crucial importance that the media plays in the paths of teaching/learning in a globalized society, where both citizens and minority groups, where both citizens minorities (people with special needs and disadvantaged categories) are entitled to new and better jobs as well as permanent quality learning. EU policies are heading in the direction of creating schools that are welcoming and encouraging: training in cartoons is undoubtedly an attractive method, which also has an effective communication impact on education. 


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