The ERASMUS PLUS PROGRAMME co-finances this project approved in 2017 through the Spanish National Agency - INJUVE.
This is the EU's programme in the fields of education, training, youth and sports for the 2014-2020 timeframe. Work in the fields of education, training, youth and sports can be an important help in tackling socio-economic changes, the main challenges Europe will face until the end of this decade, and in supporting the implementation of the European Policy Agenda for growth, employment, equity and inclusion.
The programme is a very useful tool at the European level, helping to fight the educational inequalities generated by barriers and obstacles that students with SEN face in schools.
The efficiency of education and training systems and youth policies provide people with the skills demanded by the labor market and the economy, while at the same time enable them to play an active role in society and achieve full personal development. Reforms in the fields of education, training, and youth can reinforce the process towards these objectives, based on a shared vision between policy makers and stakeholders, sound evidence, and cooperation across different fields and levels.
The Erasmus+ Programme is designed to support the efforts of the participating countries to make efficient use of the potential of European human and social talent, in line with the principle of lifelong learning, using the support of formal, non-formal, and informal learning in the fields of education, training, and youth. Moreover, the Programme enhances opportunities for cooperation and mobility with partner countries, in particular in the fields of higher education and youth.
The Programme supports actions, cooperation, and tools consistent with the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy and its flagship initiatives, such as Youth on the Move and the New Skills and Jobs Agenda. It also contributes to achieving the objectives of the Strategic Framework for Education and Training for European Cooperation in Education and Training and the European Youth Strategy, building on open methods of coordination.
This investment in knowledge, skills, and competences will benefit individuals, institutions, organizations, and society as a whole by contributing to growth and ensuring equality, prosperity, and social inclusion in Europe and beyond.
Objectives of the Programme
The Erasmus+ Programme seeks to achieve the following:
- The objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, including the main objective on education.
- The objectives of the Strategic Framework for European Cooperation in Education and Training (ET 2020), with its corresponding benchmarks.
- The sustainable development of partner countries in the field of higher education.
- The overall objectives of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the field of youth (2010- 2018).
- The objective of developing the European dimension in sports, especially grassroots sports, in line with the EU's Work Plan for Sports.
- The promotion of European values, in accordance with Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union.
Characteristics of the E+ Programme
- Recognition and validation of competences and qualifications: One of the common objectives of all these tools is to ensure simpler recognition and better understanding of competences and qualifications within and across national borders, in all education subsystems and in the labor market, whether acquired through academic education and training, or as part of other learning experiences (like work experience, volunteering, or e-learning). The tools should also aim to ensure that education, training, and youth policies continue to contribute to the smart, sustainable, and inclusive growth objectives of Europe 2020, as well as to its main education and employment goals through better labor market integration and increased mobility.
- Dissemination and use of the project's results: Dissemination and use of results is one of the key areas in the life cycle of an Erasmus+ project. They give participating organizations the opportunity to communicate and share the results achieved and materials created, which will enhance the impact of their projects, improve their sustainability, and highlight the European added value of Erasmus+.
- Erasmus+ open access prerequisite to teaching materials: Erasmus+ promotes open access to project results to support learning, teaching, training, and work for youth. In particular, Erasmus+ beneficiaries are committed to making available to the public, free of charge, and under open license, the educational resources and tools produced in the context of projects funded by the Programme, like documents, support resources, software, or other materials. These materials should be easily accessible and available without costs or limitations, and their open license should allow the public to use, reuse, adapt, and share them. These materials are referred to as "Open Educational Resources" (OERs).
- International Scope: Erasmus+ has strong international scope (i.e. collaboration with partner countries), in particular in the fields of higher education and youth.
- Multilingualism: Multilingualism is one of the cornerstones of the European project, and a clear symbol of the EU's aspirations for unity in diversity. Foreign languages play a prominent role among the skills that will help to better equip people for the labor market, and to make the most of available opportunities. The EU has set itself the objective of providing all its citizens the opportunity to learn at least two foreign languages from an early age.
- Equity and inclusion: The Erasmus+ Programme aims to promote equity and inclusion by facilitating access for participants who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and have fewer opportunities than their peers, where this unfavorable situation limits or prevents them from participating in transnational activities due to disability, economic, or health barriers.
- Protection and safety of the participants: The safety and security of participants in Erasmus+ projects are important principles of the Programme. Every participant should have the opportunity to take full advantage of the opportunities it offers in terms of professional development and learning. This should be ensured in a safe environment that respects and protects the rights of all people.