One of Europe’s biggest financial frameworks the Erasmus plus program has been renewed for yet another seven years. On Thursday, December 19 the European Union confirmed the new funds for the Erasmus plus programme after the negotiating team of the European Parliament and the German presidency of the Council reached a provisional agreement to expand the Erasmus+ programme for the period 2021-2027.
Erasmus is one of the most popular and successful EU programmes. Launched 30 years ago, it has helped around 10 million people to study, work or volunteer abroad. Under Erasmus more than 2 000 transnational partnerships are established each year.
According to the European Union, the new funding will be increasing significantly. The program will have triple the amount of money it had the previous seven years. That action alone is enough to allow more people to take part in the programme and adapt grants to their needs.
The new programme will be much more inclusive than the current one and is expected to triple the number of participants, bringing them up to 12 million people. It will cover not only higher education, but all levels and types of education and training, which is reflected by the kept label “Erasmus+”.
By providing triple the amount of budget for the Erasmus plus program and focusing on people with fewer opportunities migrants, people belonging to vulnerable groups and people who come from a lower social background will no longer be left behind. Through the Erasmus plus programme, they will be allowed to get the education they need as well as the credentials, skills, and competencies they need for them to be able to set up their own business in the future and become important stakeholders for the European economy.
This initiative is also going to help the program adapt to the needs of disadvantaged people and increase their participation.
This particular framework will aim to foresee the measures and be able to provide more financial support for mobility actions, grants and of course, the regular review living and subsistence costs. Some of the most important actions that will be taken in the Erasmus plus program for the next seven years will be language training, administrative support and e-learning opportunities.
It is also primary objective of the European Union to allocate a substantial amount of the budget to different parts of the program that will be able to perfectly reflect the priorities of the European Union. The aim is to offer preschool and early education staff as well as athletes and sport coaches the ability and opportunity to participate in mobility schemes. Another big priority for the Erasmus plus the next seven years will be vocational education exchanges focusing on border regions.
83% of the total budget will be allocated to activities in the field of education and training, 10,3% to actions in the area of youth and 1,9% to sport-related activities.
For the three action areas – education and training, youth and sport, the main specific objectives of the Erasmus+ programme are the following:
- promote learning mobility of individuals and groups in the field of education and training
- promote non-formal and informal learning mobility and active participation among young people in the field of youth
- promote learning mobility of sport staff
The inclusiveness of the programme is also strengthened by the provisions on virtual learning and measures such as language support, preparatory visits, training and virtual cooperation for people who are unable to participate in learning mobility in the field of education and training, youth and sport.
Priorities of the Erasmus+ program are:
1.Inclusion and diversity:
- Equal opportunities and access of underrepresented organisations and participants
- • Better outreach of participants with fewer opportunities and disadvantaged
- • Dismantling barriers related to e.g.: disabilities, socio-economic status, discrimination, geographical location
- Meaningful contribution by stimulating innovation and bridging Europe’s knowledge, skills and competences gap
- Take up of digital technologies and of innovative and open pedagogies in education, training, youth and sport
3.Participation in democratic life:
- Knowledge and awareness about European matters
- Active citizenship and ethics in lifelong learning
- Social and intercultural competences, critical thinking and media literacy
4.Environmental sustainability and climate goals:
- Awareness-raising about environmental and climatechange challenges
- Competences in various environmental sustainabilityrelevant sectors
- Development of green sectorial skills strategies and methodologies, as well as future-oriented curricula that better meet the needs of individuals
We hope this plan in the upcoming years will encourage more people do go on exchange. One of the biggest problems so far was exclusiveness of exchange, which means people with lower incomes could not go abroad because the grants was not enought to cover the basic expences, but now that obstacle is removed.
After 2020 year we hope the year ahead of us will bring us more happiness and that the world will return to normal. And lets not forget, the main aim of Erasmus is to spread peace and tolerence among youth so lets not close ourselves into walls of our homes and lets learn by living.