European Initiative: "support-education-eu"
Assist education in EU countries under serious economic pressure
Education, training and youth
Building a dynamic future
Top-quality education and training are vital if Europe is to develop as a knowledge society and compete effectively in the globalized economy. Education policy as such is decided by each EU country, but together they set joint goals and share best practices. The EU funds programs that help citizens make the most of their personal development and the EU’s economic potential by studying, training or doing volunteer work in other countries.
Educational exchanges, for students and teachers
For 2007-13, the EU has allocated almost € 13 billion to lifelong learning and worldwide exchanges. The main programmes are:
Leonardo da Vinci: vocational training, particularly placements for young apprentices and trainees in businesses outside their own country, and cooperation projects linking vocational training institutes and businesses.
Erasmus: student mobility and university cooperation. 2.5 million participants since 1987. Erasmus Mundus allows post-graduate students and academics from all over the world to obtain a Masters or PhD through courses involving consortia of at least three European universities.
Grundtvig: adult education programmes, particularly transnational partnerships, networks and mobility.
Comenius cooperation between schools and their teachers, plus pupil exchanges at secondary school level and school partnerships over the Internet (eTwinning).
Marie Curie: professional training and international mobility opportunities for researchers, from post-graduate level on.
EU funding also promotes policy cooperation, language learning, e learning and dissemination, and exchange of best practices.
A European Citizens Initiative "MEET" (mentioned in our petition) using new possibilities under the EU’s Lisbon Treaty which give citizens the right to demand new laws directly from the European Commission - provided they can gather enough signatures. It calls for the creation of an Education platform to stimulate debate on how to improve schools and boost the European dimension of education in line with the EU’s 2020 strategy. "Europe’s future depends on Education, how to educate citizens, how they learn. Common education goals reflecting European basic values should be at the heart of a solution to today’s challenges," says Ana Gorey, President of MEET. The focus is mainly on school education.
For more information on the rules and conditions for the European Citizens' Initiative: http://ec.europa.eu/citizens-initiative
The Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014-2020
The 2014-2020 EU programme for education, training, youth and sport supports, among other policy objectives, the European modernisation and internationalization agenda in higher education. The program will cover the period 2014-2020 and replaces seven existing programs, including the Lifelong Learning program (LLP) which will end with the academic year 2013-2014.
The Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) provides the general quality framework for European and international cooperation activities a higher education institution (HEI) may carry out within the program. The award of an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education is a prerequisite for all HEIs located in an eligible country (the list is published in the call - see the link below) and willing to participate in learning mobility of individuals and/or cooperation for innovation and good practices under the program. For HEIs located in other countries, the ECHE is not required, and the quality framework will be established through inter-institutional agreements between HEIs. The Charter is awarded for the full duration of the program.