Erasmus +

The 4Cs project


4Cs Erasmus+ Project

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The Festival of Curiosity was delighted to partner with Chester Beatty who were awarded Erasmus+ funding to lead The 4Cs Project (2020-1-IE01-KA227-082933).


Chester Beatty (Ireland), Festival of Curiosity (Ireland), Heritec (UK), StePS (Italy), Finnish Museums Association (Finland), and Radiona (Croatia).


This initiative (Erasmus+ 2021-2023) responds to the need to encourage and up-skill children and teachers in creative and critical thinking, communication and collaboration by delivering relevant educational approaches to schools through engagement with the cultural sector, specifically museums, galleries, and science centres.

The 4Cs project aims to build competencies for educators and students around the key 21st-century skills: critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication (4Cs). The project is a result of three previous Erasmus+ initiatives; the Creative Museum, Making Museum and Creative School projects (2014-to-date)​. The 4Cs project sees the cultural sector as a dynamic spaces for learning and exchange and therefore a suitable partner in providing imaginative programmes to enhance and complement schools’ curricula, to support pupils and teachers in developing key skills. Through original teaching and learning approaches, it offers innovative opportunities for teachers and students alike, while also providing a space for a quiet observation and reflection.

Aims & Objectives
  • Collect and analyse existing good practices
  • Develop an innovative competency framework
  • Create open educational resources
  • Peer-to-peer learning methods
  • Enhance professional development for the education sector CPD
  • Elaborate an evaluation model for creative and critical thinking
  • Improved capacity of European teachers and educators
  • Increased creativity in preparing new lessons by incorporating a wide variety of educational approaches inspired by European heritage institutions
  • Skill development through creativity and the arts
  • Use of creative innovative practices in the digital era; develop confidence in intercultural dialogue approaches; increase awareness of EU teacher’s community and museum professionals
  • Competency framework for teachers, educators, and children around the 4Cs, 21st-century skills
  • Evaluation toolkit based on Europeana Impact Framework
Find out more

To view the outputs and further information on the project please visit the Chester Beatty website here >


Project funders

Project Partners

The Curiosity Accelerator: 

Developed by The Festival of Curiosity, the Curiosity Accelerator is a year-round programme supported by Science Foundation Ireland for creating, prototyping, producing and scaling creative ideas into impact driven public engagement projects that merge science, arts, design and technology.

A space where artists, designers, scientists, cultural institutions, research institutes, educators, venues, festivals and policy makers can come together to create, share, prototype and scale work that is playful, powerful and impact driven.