The European Network for activities for Second Chance Schools

Giving people a second chance in education.

Teaching youngsters in Second Chance Schools

Preparing young school drop-outs for a fair and honorable job in their field of talent

Second Chance education for Adult learning

Educating adults for proper chances on the labor market
  1. About E2C
  2. Background
  3. Nowadays
  4. Documents
The European Association of Cities, Institutions and Second Chance Schools is an international network organisation in the field of teaching or enabling young people with lack of skills or qualifications to successfully gain access to education programmes or to the labour market.

The Association is an independent non-profit organisation and was legally established in Heerlen (The Netherlands) on the 4th of June 1999.

The main aims of the Association are to:

organise exchange and transfer of experience between the
cities and collective territorial bodies who have set up or participated in setting up a Second Chance School within the framework of the programme launched by the European Union

assist cities and collective bodies who wish to set up a Second Chance School

promote the European concept of Second Chance Schools in general

In the context of implementing the White Paper ”Teaching and Learning: towards the learning society” (1995), the European Commission launched the ”Second Chance Schools (SCS)” pilot projects in 1997.
The main aim of these pilot projects were to offer education and training to young people who lack the skills and qualifications necessary to find a job or fully benefit from conventional training.

Untill the year 2000 the project had a pilot status. In this period the initiatives from the SCS regarding the content and the organization had to be developed. Starting point in initiating these Second Chance Schools was to set up long-term local partnerships between all the institutions involved in the social and economic integration of young people at risk of social exclusion.

From the outset the cities have been part of a dynamic interchange between the Second Chance Schools; the close links between the initiatives makes a rapid exchange of good practice between the schools possible and has offered concrete perspectives for transnational exchanges; both to the youngsters as well as to their trainers.
As a result of this intensive exchange programme between the participants, the representatives of cities and local authorities that have set up Second Chance Schools, declared their intention to create a European network of cities.
In 1998 the City of Marseille took the initiative to set up an Association that will continue the network activities in order to carry on sharing experiences of the participating schools, and extend the number of participants cities and schools.
In June 1999 a European Association has officially been established in Heerlen (NL). The association is presided by the region Parkstad Limburg (NL) and the secretariat is carried out by Maecon (Heerlen, NL).

In the last years the association developed into an organization with a wide range. In 2004 it changed statutes in order to attract not only cities and Second Chance Schools, but also organizations who indirectly fight against the social exclusion of marginalized young people. By changing the statutes both the schools and associate members play a more prominent role in the association’s policy as they gather in the so called Educational Steering Group. This is the ’pedagogical heart’ of the association, working hard to develop new projects in order to enhance the quality and efficiency of second chance education in general.

For more information you can download the information brochure of E2C-Europe. It also gives you the opportunity to subscribe as a member.

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Teacher Meeting 2015 in Mönchengladbach

Teacher Meeting 2015 in Mönchengladbach

The Agenda for our Teacher meeting is availabe. Please contact Bert Pelzer if you have an interest to take part in this meeting.

General Assembly 2015

General Assembly 2015


Mr. Guilherme Pinto, the President of the Network invites all members to our annual General Assembly in 2015. The GA takes place in Mönchengladbach in Germany in the week of the...



The Commission adopted the draft Joint Report under the ET 2020 strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training.  This is an important document which proposes the priority areas and concrete issues for future work up to 2020. 


The “European Identity in times of crisis”-project has been approved by the German Erasmus+ National Agency.
The project targets to integrate young and elder adults from disadvantaged educational environments, persons applying for asylum and increasingly those labelled as so-called "poverty...

Research "Lessons learned from Seco...

the final version of the research"Lessons learned from Second Chance Education" is published and available under the following link:

News Youth Event 2015 - issue 2

News Youth Event 2015 - issue 2

Youth Event 2015
146 participants will take part in the Youth Event in October in Mönchengladbach. Click on the button and read more