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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.”
Who will benefit?
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.
ROMANIA – Young Europe Society is a non-governmental non-profit organization that aims to contribute to the development of the youths by inspiring them a sense of active citizenship. Y.E.S. promotes mobility within and beyond Europe, non-formal learning and intercultural dialogue, and encourages the employability and inclusion of all young people, regardless of their educational, social and cultural background. Y.E.S. mission is to promote and bring added value to participative education and active citizenship, while developing solid partnerships with institutions, organizations and individuals that are active in the same field. Y.E.S.’s goal is to facilitate exchange of experiences between young people in order to raise the level of information, and tolerance, as well as to increase youngsters’ awareness with regards to different cultures and attitudes, promoting unity in diversity.
Czech Republic -Youth for Youth has been founded in December 2015, working in the field of modern techniques of social communication in society using various methods of education (formal and non-formal). The organization was established to ensure the better education through every possible channel, higher awareness of local community, better communication, exchange of students, exchange of youth, education of citizens on environmental protection, promotion of European values and others. One of its biggest challenges is to promote youth work and include young people in international projects to enrich their life perspective, opportunities and integrate them as much as possible.
HUNGARY – Ifjusagi Szolgaltatok Orszagos Szovetsege is an organisation acting as umbrella for youth services, youth information centres, youth clubs, and children and youth councils. The main aim of the organisation is to professionalise youth work. The projects implemented by the organisation are creating a country wide dialog in the youth organizational sector with enlarging already existing and creating new cooperation. The Consultation of the Cooperation of Professional Youth-Sector Workers that is created by non-governmental co-operations based on professional approach of youth questions and issues, together with the National Youth Council of Hungary is initiating the creation of Youth Roundtable as a permanent conciliatory non-governmental and governmental forum. ISZOSZ keeps in touch with local, regional, national, foreign and European Union institutions, authorities and organisations.
SK – Obciansky Spolok aims to develop social competences, developing, maintaining and support the interests, culture and free-time activities of Hungarian minority in South of Slovakia through creative programs and events. We as well focus to promote a better understanding of cultural diversity, helping our society to evolve from multicultural substance to intercultural one. We are active on a local and regional level, but we also organize large scale international activities cooperating with similar organizations in neighbouring county. Volunteers are working with all ages from different background and also cooperate with local grammar school of the Hungarian national minority.
Unlimited Memory is a project that consisted of one mobility – a youth exchange in Pocuvadlianske Jazero, Slovakia that reunited 56 young participants eager to improve their key competences by discovering through peer learning and other non-formal methods how to structure any kind of information to be stored in long-term memory. The topic of our project was intercultural / intergenerational education and (lifelong) learning with a special focus on active methods in learning.
1. 56 young people increased their capacity to memorize info and access it;
2. 56 young participants raised their employability chances and tertiary education;
3. Changed perception among the young people and staff from the partner organizations and 4 collaborating schools that memory is not a trait but a system that can be improved.
All activities involved non-formal learning integrative and participatory methods, the mobility being divided in three main phases:
- Introduction, get to know each other and aspects of intercultural understanding;
- Sessions on the topic of improving memory;
- Understanding of E+, Youth Exchanges and opportunities for the future in and outside EU.
The YE included study visit to Banská Štiavnica which had the role to increase the visibility about our project in the local community and to contribute to the development of the social and civic key competence of our participants.
Participants from Czech Republic came from Střední odborná škola Luhačovice. Their dissemination activity took place in their school and gained over 50 attendees. They started with an energizer and continued with the presentation about the topic, sessions, study visit and what they have learned. This presentation was held by 6 participants with the help of the group leaders. At the end of the presentation, they showed the promotional video of the project.
Slovak participants did dissemination event in their local school- Gymnázium Františka Švantnera Nová Baňa. One week after the mobility participants did presentation about the topic of the projects, project results and shared their own experiences. During the presentation they showed promotional video and photos from the project. In the second part of their dissemination event they did a workshop how to use other senses in unleashing the memory and how to use these techniques in daily life. The workshop was a simulation of one session done during the activity and they used non-formal methods such as working in teams, brainstorming, followed by debriefing and small discussion at the end. Participants were very interested in this topic, especially older participants who will do their final exams this year.
Participants from Hungary, from Gyula attend high school Nicolae Bālcescu Román Gimnázium Általános Iskola és Kollégium presented and shared their memories they created during the project. They talked about sessions, intercultural nights, working in international and intercultural teams and fun time they had together. After the presentation they left space for questions.
Participants from Romania were students from local high school O.C.Taslanau. After they came back home, other students and teachers were interested what they have learned because the topic unlimited memory was very actual since it was beginning of the school year. They organized dissemination event in local school during one afternoon. Most of the participants were presented and were teaching other Tips and tricks how to learn more efficiently in shorter time. Other students found this workshop very useful and asked if they will have chance to join these projects in the future.