What would we do with ten times more? Here are some ideas from six sectors from our supporters!
Stakeholders in Higher Education demand simplification of rules & procedures, an improved funding efficiency, and an increased flexibility to respond to surging needs! Discover why higher education needs an Erasmusx10!
Young people are the largest beneficiaries of Erasmus+. The sector demands are a milestone in assessing.
For as much of a transversal sector as youth is, demands are reflections of the state of play in the Erasmus+ Programme. The youth sector calls for a programme that represents a strengthened educational and volunteering idea, which is designed to cover learning in all contexts – whether formal, non-formal or informal – and at all levels. The new programm should be closer to people, allowing youth and youth organisations to feel Europe close to them, in an effort to shape the feeling of beloning to a wider community.
Pupils mobility is a necessity in Europe! Schools are the most inclusive environment, and the best tool to build a feeling of belonging. Here is why we need an Erasmusx10:
Individual pupil mobility is now a less visible and certainly not prominent possibility offered as part of Key Action 2, Strategic Partnerships. In 2016, the Strategic Partnerships “for school only” represented 18% of the total KA2 budget and 4% of the Erasmus+ budget of this year. Overall civil society stakeholders are stressing the specificities of schools situation and particular constraints (language, support, mobility barriers) which need to be take into account, and allow for more flexible types of mobility, with the possibility to go on short-term mobility, for instance, or using blended or virtual exchanges.
The VET sector is no more a second choice! Hear us out when we say that the return on investment on VET is great and Erasmus+ should stress the vocation education and training!
Mobility exchanges have the same broader impacts with VET students and apprentices than with higher education students: openness to the world, resilience, language learning, European values and identity, etc. Unfortunately, VET providers are not currently eligible to be lead applicant under KA1 scheme, and VET teachers find difficulties with being away for more than 2 weeks. A way to attract more VET learners would be to introduce more tailored, flexible conditions and inclusiveness for them to take part in the future programme, and this can only be done through the harmonisation and convergence of Member States frameworks which require more transnational cooperation and partnerships. More EU projects and funds for the VET sector can strongly contribute to reforming national education systems and allow more mobility and exchange in the Erasmus Pro scheme.
Adult education must be one of the priorities in the new programme. Although it is often overlooked, it remains one of the areas with the largest target group, and certainly one of the most in need for quality learning mobility.
Unfortunately, the availability of funding for this target group remains weak. Responding stakeholders to the Erasmusx10 campaign consultation regret that Key Action 1 mobility schemes have a lack of focus on adult education. A bigger Erasmus+ budget could increase the lifelong learning dimension with more intergenerational activities in work, civic, and social fields. This would help to cope with the ageing challenge in EU countries and allow more transnational cooperation in high EU added value fields.
General demands are fully valid for sports as well: more equitable access, more inclusion, education and mobility, etc. According to ISCA (International Sport and Culture Association), the funding available for sport in the next programme should focus more on grassroots sport and volunteering in sport. As stated in the current Erasmus+ regulation, it is justified on “the important role that they play in promoting social inclusion, equal opportunities and health-enhancing physical activity.” The focus is, and shall remain on getting more European citizens involved in sport and physical activity, for the value it has for their health, inclusion, education, volunteering etc. The current funding level has enabled many collaborative partnerships in the field of sport. But the access to the programme (fully centralized until now) from the grassroots level is still very limited. To reach more local organisations, there should not only be less administrative burden, but also a substantially larger budget. On top of reaching out to more local organisations, ISCA advocate for larger-scale projects “flagship projects”.