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Learning mobility for all

Learning mobility is a powerful learning experience, where an individual moves from his/her everyday context, and has to open up and adapt. It is a great way to develop social, intercultural and interpersonal competences for life, and to promote a sense of common European belonging. It is also important to develop one’s employability, and there are many researchers showing these various positive outcomes.

When we know the positive impact of learning mobility for personal development, social inclusion and civic participation, turning learning mobility from an exception into a rule at all levels of education and for all educational actors should be our collective aim. This means overcoming financial but also personal barriers.

Widening access to mobility programmes should not be at the detriment of their quality (see our recently published Erasmus+ survey). This means that the EU but also the Member States and the regional/local authorities should invest much more in learning mobility and include it as part of the curriculum in general education.

Quality learning mobility is about money but it’s more than that. Sending and hosting organisations, families and halls of residence, have also a strong role to play in making the best out of a mobility experience. 10 years after the Quality Charter for Mobility it is important to stake stock on its implementation and identify ways to do things even better.

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  • LLLP Provides Input on European Solidarity Corps

    Two months ago the European Commission launched the idea of creating a European Solidarity Corps by which young people will be able to volunteer across Europe to help respond to crisis situations. The LLLP welcomed the initiative, but together with member organisations, it came up with some ideas how to make sure it works well in reality. In particular, it emphasised on the importance of training and support for volunteers, developing a quality charter and creating synergies with other initiatives, […]

  • Consultation on the European Charter on Quality in Learning Mobility in the Youth Field

    As learning mobility is increasingly being employed as a pedagogical tool both in formal and non-formal contexts, issues of quality become a more pressing concern than before. And for a good reason: good quality in learning mobility will ensure that outcomes be optimised and that processes of recognition be facilitated. Moreover, there is a – sometimes very direct – correlation between quality and quantity: the more we know about quality and how to achieve it, the more confident and effective […]

  • #RecogniseStudyAbroad: Promoting Pupil Mobility

    The highly positive impact of learning mobility on youth has been proven, recognised and supported via concrete measures and programmes that demonstrate Europe’s willingness to place learning mobility high on the educational and youth agendas. Despite this, the school period spent abroad is not recognised in many European countries. EEE-YFU and EFIL launched a campaign for the recognition of the study period abroad. Partners are EPA, EUROCLIO, KeyCoNet and OBESSU. The objective of the #RecogniseStudyAbroad campaign is to raise awareness among policy-makers and educational stakeholders about the lack of recognition of long-term pupil […]

  • Moving to learn: a new mobility scoreboard for Europe

    The mobility scoreboard for initial vocational education and training (IVET), a new tool to assist policy-makers in the area of learning mobility developed by Cedefop in close cooperation with the European Commission, was presented at an event in Thessaloniki on 3 June. Participants included Erasmus+ agencies, IVET institutions, teachers and trainers, guidance personnel, students’ associations, companies involved in mobility projects, Cedefop’s ReferNet partners and EU-level stakeholders. A prototype with information on 28 countries (26 EU Member States, Iceland and Norway) is […]

  • #RecogniseStudyAbroad is launched!

    Temporary schooling abroad is not recognised in many European countries. This means that students often need to attend an additional year of school, once back in their home country. Lack of recognition is a great barrier of access to school exchange programmes and to mobility in general: students and their parents are afraid of “losing a year” and falling behind; teachers and school heads often discourage students’ participation in study abroad programmes, or only allow academically high achieving students to participate, as they […]

  • Seminar on Learning Mobility, 2015

    Organised by ESNEFILEEE-YFU and EucA, with the support and facilitation of the LifeLong Learning Platform, this thematic workshop explored the issue of quality learning mobility, both from the policy and from the practice perspective.
    The workshop wished to help participants get a better understanding of the implementation of current instruments for quality learning mobility, in particular the European Quality Charter for Mobility, and offer a space for joint reflection on the kind of support […]

  • European Platform on Learning Mobility, Youth

    The European Platform on Learning Mobility (EPLM), joint initiative of the Council of Europe and Commission, focuses on the learning mobility of young people and of practitioners in the youth field, and particularly in various forms of youth work, which, in the view of the EPLM, should be supported by European youth policy. It focuses on non-formal learning with links to informal learning as well as to formal education. Learning mobility in this framework aims to increase participation, active […]

  • EUCA Quality Learning Mobility Project

    EUCA’s proposal builds on the Erasmus+ program’s aim to form highly qualified and internationally experienced young people through learning mobility, by creating a pathway to excellence in the European Higher Education Area for talented students. Its aim is to guide students towards partnerships between Universities and residential colleges within a high quality learning environment that encourages the development of a dynamic mix of academic skills and soft skills provided by the non-formal educational opportunities in university colleges. Learn more about […]

  • Mov’in Europe: ESN initiative to promote mobility

    With mobility projects, such as Erasmus+, European Voluntary Service, available internships and many other, there is a clear need expressed at the European level for the promotion of mobility. In 2014 the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) decided to support these needs by creating an international project called Mov’in Europe and thus engaging its volunteers in actively spreading the message that mobility is a lifestyle. The project will be implemented on all three levels of ESN, by organising events, such as mobility days, fairs, linguistic tandems, conferences […]

  • Learning Mobility in Erasmus+

    Key Action 1 in the Erasmus+ Programme supports the learning mobility of individuals and targets students, trainees, apprentices, young people and volunteers as well as staff, youth workers and professionals in education, training and youth. It aims to improve professional and personal skills and competences of individuals and an increased cooperation and innovative ways of working with the target group of the participating organisations.

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