Erasmus+ works on the basis of the principles of inclusiveness and diversity, green and digital transformations , etc.
INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY
The Programme seeks to promote equal opportunities and access, inclusion, diversity and fairness across all its actions. Organisations and the participants with fewer opportunities themselves are at the heart of these objectives and with these in mind, the programme puts mechanisms and resources at their disposal. When designing their projects and activities, organisations should have an inclusive approach, making them accessible to a diverse range of participants.
Methodological recommendations on the inclusiveness of the Erasmus+ EU Programs and the European Solidarity Corps provide definition of target groups, barriers and recommendations for their active inclusion.
- Implementation guidelines – Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps Inclusion and Diversity Strategy
- Inclusive Mobility – Guidelines for higher education institutions “Making mobility programmes more inclusive for students with disabilities”
- Web Portal On Inclusive Mobility.
- Framework Of Inclusive Mobility.
- National Erasmus+ agencies have a person responsible for inclusion – Inclusion Officer.
- Salto-Youth Inclusion and Diversity Centerabout inclusion and diversity for you .
The COVID-19 pandemic shed further light on the importance of digital education for the digital transformation that Europe needs. In particular, it emphasised the increased need to harness the potential of digital technologies for teaching and learning and to develop digital skills for all. In line with the strategic priorities of the Digital Education Action Plan (2021-2027), the Programme aims to support this endeavour to engage learners, educators, youth workers, young people and organisations in the path to digital transformation.
The Programme should reach out to a larger target group both within and beyond the Union by a greater use of information, communication and technology tools, combined use of physical mobility and virtual learning and virtual cooperation.
ENVIRONMENT AND FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE
Environment and climate action are key priorities for the EU now and in the future. The European Green Deal Communication is the European new growth strategy and recognises the key role of schools, training institutions and universities to engage with pupils, parents, and the wider community on the changes needed for a successful transition to become climate neutral by 2050. In addition, the Council Recommendation on learning for the green transition emphasizes the need to provide learners of all ages with opportunities to find out about the climate crisis and sustainability in both formal education and non-formal education, and to make learning for the green transition a priority in education and training policies and programmes. Sustainability should become part of the entire spectrum of education and training, including curricula, professional development for educators as well as buildings, infrastructure and operations.The Erasmus+ programme will be a key instrument for building the knowledge, skills, and attitudes on climate change and support sustainable development both within the European Union and beyond. The Programme will increase the number of mobility opportunities in green forward-looking domains, which foster the development of competences, enhance career prospects and engage participants in areas, which are strategic for sustainable growth, with special attention to rural development (sustainable farming, management of natural resources, soil protection, bio-agriculture). Moreover, Erasmus+, with mobility at its core, should strive for carbon-neutrality by promoting sustainable transport modes and more environmentally responsible behavior.
- Sustainability calculator when planning your Erasmus trip in Europe.
- A video recording of the Erasmus Student Network – ESN seminar on the sustainability of travel planning for mobility projects.
- About Erasmus Without Paper
- About Green Erasmus
- About Travel Green
PARTICIPATION IN DEMOCRATIC LIFE, COMMON VALUES AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
The Erasmus+ Programme addresses the citizens’ limited participation in its democratic processes and their lack of knowledge about the European Union, and tries to help them overcome the difficulties in actively engaging and participating in their communities or in the Union’s political and social life. Strengthening citizens’ understanding of the European Union from an early age is crucial for the Union’s future. In addition to formal education, non-formal learning can enhance the citizens’ understanding of the European Union and foster a sense of belonging to it. The Programme supports active citizenship and ethics in lifelong learning; it fosters the development of social and intercultural competences, critical thinking and media literacy. Priority is given to projects that offer opportunities for people’s participation in democratic life, social and civic engagement through formal or non-formal learning activities. The focus is put on raising awareness of and understanding the European Union context, notably as regards the common EU values, the principles of unity and diversity, as well as their social, cultural and historical heritage.