“Nothing like gone” – international youth mobility
Erasmus + is a funding program from the European Union. The name is reminiscent of Erasmus of Rotterdam, a European-educated Renaissance humanist. He was a theologian, priest, philosopher, philologist and author of numerous books.
In school education, Erasmus + pursues the goal of promoting the cooperation of schools of all school levels and school types within the European Union as well as the mobility of pupils and teachers. Depending on the campaign and project, Erasmus + is aimed at young people between the ages of 13 and 30. Erasmus + “Youth in Action” focuses on the whole life phase of youth. Schoolchildren, trainees, students, working people – everyone can benefit from EU funding opportunities here.
Young people should gain important key competences for their personal and professional development through Erasmus +. This applies in particular to young people with special needs.
Erasmus + also wants to improve the chances of young people in the job market. It serves to promote training and further education, especially cross-border vocational training. The projects are not organized by the EU itself, but by institutions and organizations, e.g. from schools, in individual countries. Young Europeans should feel like helping to shape the future of the EU. The Erasmus + program aims to create solidarity and tolerance across borders and to give young people the feeling of active European citizenship. Erasmus + thus brings a European dimension to everyday school work. Cross-border cooperation and European exchange of experience are possible. With Erasmus +, formal and informal learning gains greater recognition, in line with the motto “Changing Lives – Opening Minds”.