Make Social Inclusion Happen

First, check the video of our project to get a glimpse of participants’ experience!

What is Erasmus Plus?  

The ERASMUS Plus Programme is an European programme aiming to offer between 2014-2020 to more than 4 million Europeans the opportunity to study, form, gain professional experience and participate in volunteer programs in other countries. It funds transnational partnerships between various education, training and youth organizations and institutions, in order to cooperate and build bridges between the education system and the workforce to help bridge the skills gap needed today.

The name of the project refers to Dutch Renaissance humanist and theologian Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam. He studied at diverse European universities and described the education as a chance for modern people.

 

Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.”

(Desiderius Erasmus)

 

Who will benefit?changing-lives

Apart from the students, the mobility offered by the Erasmus+ programme is dedicated for professors and universities’ staff as well. ERASMUS+ will allow:

>2 million higher education students;
>EU grants and training for about 4 million people and 125,000 institutions;
>500,000 young people will volunteer or participate in youth exchanges;
>650,000 vocational apprenticeships or traineeships abroad;
>200,000 Master’s degree loan scheme;
>25,000 joint master degree grants;
>800,000 educators and youth workers will acquire new teaching and learning methods abroad.

How to apply?

Organisations are invited to submit applications on-line to the National Agency in the relevant country or to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Individuals seeking to apply should contact their organisation, institution, or educational establishment.

What should I do?

If you are interested in participating in Erasmus Plus, contact the National Agency in your country or visit its website and ask about the possibilities suitable for you.

Check this video to find out the opinions and insights of people involved in Erasmus+ projects, you might want, too.

The youth exchange “Make Social Inclusion Happen” reunited 60 young people from Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia. As youth workers, we are dealing frequently with young people with fewer opportunities that are either excluded from different aspects of the social or political life, either they do not feel confident enough to actively participate because they already experienced some form of exclusion. Aspects such as gender, color skin, disability, age, intelligence should not be criteria to achieve equal rights. This project represented provided the context to see beyond these surface aspects and discover the strengths and particularities of each young person involved, either he/she faced or not fewer opportunities.

The mobility took place in Costinesti, Constanta County between 19th and 29th September 2019. The working methods used were non-formal and participatory such as games, round-table discussions, role-plays, simulations, energizers and interactive presentations.

We estimate that the project had a positive impact in terms of increasing the participants’ level of tolerance and openness towards different cultures and people from themselves as well as now they are more aware of the negative effects social exclusion has and the importance to embrace diversity and our differences. Young participants found out about the Erasmus+ programme and the opportunities it provides, they had the chance to address a topic that is less often talked about in their schools. The impact is magnified since our participants’ previous experience with intercultural environments was highly limited.

The project contributed to the goal of all partners to promote social inclusion among the young people they work with. This project enhanced the development of key competences of the team by increasing their competences in applying, implementing, plan the follow-up stage and finalize a KA1 project. All 6 partner organisations developed their capacity to involve actively in activities that encourage young people inclusion.

 

In the youth exchange participants dedicated special time to organise interactive presentations in order to share their culture and give insights about their country and community. They showed dances, sang, brought traditional sweets and food to present it to the other participants.

Participants from Macedonia organised a presentation in their high school. They shared their experience, showed the video of the project and promoted the Erasmus+ opportunities to their peers and colleagues.