A campaign to bring formal and non-formal education together to unleash the transformative potential of learning mobility for the benefit of pupils and the internationalisation of schools.
In a more and more interconnected world, where cooperating across borders is essential for responding to global challenges and fostering peace, all young people need to develop global competence from an early age. Spending a period of immersion – in a host family, host school, local community – in another country has proven to a transformative experience through which transversal key competences are developed. The schools where students experience mobility are enriched in their practices and relation to the world.
Since 2009, the EU funding offers this transformative experience to pupils and schools across Europe. In the context of the revision of the Erasmus+ programme, we call on the EU to expand this opportunity to a wider range of young people and schools: to reach this objective we need more funding and the possibility for schools and expert mobility providers to work in partnerships, to ensure outreach and quality.
"Every pupil and student should have a possibility to spend an exchange period in another Member State"
''I strongly support more pupil mobility! Mobility is a window on the world. Mobility is a new experience which empowers young people, helps them to develop their skills, builds their confidence and fosters their desire to further discover new cultures and languages.''
''Learning mobility helps young people develop personally, become more culturally aware, enrich their global understanding, and gain basic life skills and transversal competences. I fully support increased pupil and schools mobility, as well as more allocated funding within the revised Erasmus+ programme.''
"As the rapporteur of the European Parliament for the Erasmus+ program, I support better recognition of individual pupils' mobility. I also support the call for more funding for pupils' mobility in the future Erasmus+ program inside of the limits of the Erasmus+ budget possibilities."
“The implementation of simplified grants has not changed the administrative burden of schools”
“There is perceived to be untapped potential in the cooperation between the school education and youth fields, which have the same target group, in order to ensure greater interconnection between formal and non-formal education.”
“We see that only larger schools/institutions can invest the time and resources needed.”