The ERASMUS PLUS programme co-finances this project through the Spanish National Agency - INJUVE, approved in 2017.
This is the EU's programme in the fields of education, training, youth and sport for the 2014-2020 timeframe. Work in the fields of education, training, youth and sport 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 European level that helps combat educational inequalities generated by barriers and obstacles encountered by the students in SEN Educational Centres.
The efficiency of education and training systems and youth policies provide people with the skills demanded by the labour market and the economy, while at the same time enables 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 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. The programme 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, organisations 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 is seeking 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 corresponding benchmarks;
- Sustainable development of partner countries in the field of higher education;
- The overall objectives of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010- 2018);
- The objective of developing the European dimension in sport, in particular grassroots sport, in line with the Union's Work Plan for Sport;
- 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 labour market, whether acquired through academic education and training or as part of other learning experiences (such as 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 labour market integration and increased mobility.
- Dissemination and use of project results: Dissemination and utilisation of results is one of the key areas in the life cycle of the Erasmus+ project. They give participating organisations the opportunity to communicate and share the results and materials achieved, 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 the projects results to support learning, teaching, training and work for the youth. In particular, Erasmus+ beneficiaries are committed to making available to the public, free of charge and under open licence, educational resources and tools produced in the context of projects funded by the programme, such as documents, support resources, software or other materials. The materials should be easily accessible and available without cost or limitations, and the open licence should allow the public to use, reuse, adapt and share the resource. These materials are referred to as 'Open Educational Resources' (OER).
- International Dimension: Erasmus+ incorporates a strong international dimension (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 labour market and to make the most of available opportunities. The EU has set itself the objective of giving all 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 the unfavourable situation limits or prevents them from participating in transnational activities on grounds such as disability or health barriers.
- Protection and safety of participants: The safety and security of participants in Erasmus+ projects are important principles of the programme. Everyone participating in the Erasmus+ programme 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.