Pupilmobility.eu is the Knowledge and Stakeholder Hub on individual pupil mobility and the recognition of its learning outcomes in Europe gathering information, news and resources at European and national level.
This space for knowledge sharing and stakeholder cooperation is based on the work of the European Federation for Intercultural Learning (EFIL), in cooperation with several stakeholders at European and national level since 2016. It was first developed through previous campaigns launched by EFIL in partnership with other organisations advocating to expand access to Individual Pupil Mobility and to advance the recognition of its learning outcomes. Currently, through the ETAR project (Empowering Teachers for Automatic Recognition), the website has been updated to become the hub on individual pupil mobility and its recognition.
The ETAR project (Empowering Teachers for Automatic Recognition) is a three year project coordinated by EFIL and involving school stakeholders and pupil exchange organisations from Belgium (Flanders), Estonia and Poland.
The project aims at:
- Promoting cooperation between all stakeholders of individual pupil mobility (IPM) for the goal of automatic recognition
- Empowering teachers for assessing competences – especially transversal ones – developed by pupils in individual mobility programmes, based on the Training Model developed by the ‘Expert Network on Recognition of outcomes of learning periods abroad in general secondary education’ in 2020-2021.
- Implementing a systemic approach to recognition of learning periods abroad through the adoption of National frameworks on recognition, based on the ‘Proposal for a European framework’ developed by the ‘Expert Network on Recognition of outcomes of learning periods abroad in general secondary education’ in 2020-2021.
- Ensuring and sustaining policy change in the field of recognition of learning periods abroad through the creation of National and European Observatories on Pupil Mobility.
The project includes yearly national training courses for teachers, international trainings for Teacher trainers, meetings at national and international level with IPM and recognition stakeholders and online and in-person meetings with project partners. Throughout the project, research on impact is conducted by the University of Bialystok (Poland).
‘More funding for pupil mobility – through partnership between schools and exchange organizations’
The campaign ‘More funding for pupil mobility – through partnership between schools and exchange organizations’ was launched on 2017 with the aim to advocate for more EU investment in pupil mobility as a powerful learning experience to promote European citizenship, and the possibility for cross-sectorial cooperation between schools and expert mobility provider. The campaign was carried out by the European Federation for Intercultural Learning (EFIL), European Educational Exchanges- Youth For Understanding (EEE-YFU), the Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU), the European School Heads Association (ESHA) and the Association for Teacher Education in Europe (ATEE)
‘Recognise Study Abroad’
The objective of the campaign #RecogniseStudyAbroad was to raise awareness among policy-makers and educational stakeholders about the lack of recognition of long-term pupil exchanges and create a change. The campaign was led by European Educational Exchanges- Youth For Understanding (EEE-YFU) and the European Federation for Intercultural Learning (EFIL) in partnership with the European Parliament Youth Intergroup 2014-2019 and supported by the Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU), the European Parents Association (EPA), the European Association of History Educators (EUROCLIO) and the Key Competence Network on School Eduation (KeyCoNet).