The European Commission approved the first annual work programme of the new Erasmus+ 2021-2027 and published the first call for proposals for the 2021.
The general objective of the programme is to support, through lifelong learning, the educational, professional and personal development of people in education, training, youth and sport, in Europe and beyond, thereby contributing to sustainable growth, quality jobs and social cohesion, to driving innovation, and to strengthening European identity and active citizenship.
Three overarching priorities are underpinning the Erasmus+ implementation in 2021:
- Inclusive Erasmus+ to ensure equal opportunities by reaching out more and better to people with fewer opportunities, people of different ages and from diverse cultural, social and economic backgrounds, people with disabilities and migrants, as well as people living in remote areas. The programme will offer more mobility opportunities to learners in school classes, in adult education and training, young people, youth workers and sport organisations, reaching out to new and more diverse groups of learners. The programme will also support small-scale cooperation partnerships and youth participation activities to widen its accessibility for grassroots organisations.
- Green Erasmus+ to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes on climate change and sustainable development and support whole-institution approaches to education for environmental sustainability.
- Digital Erasmus+ to give opportunities for personal, educational and professional development of individuals, including opportunities for the acquisition and development of digital skills. The Programme will reinforce the support for platforms such as eTwinning, EPALE, School Education Gateway or the European Youth Portal to boost exchanges on digital learning and teaching, as well as further develop and adapt successful tools such as SELFIE, Europass or the Youthpass.
- Erasmus+ Youth to facilitate cross-border exchanges and cooperation, build capacity of organisations and overall foster quality development of youth work. Erasmus+ will support new types of actions such as the Youth participation activities and DiscoverEU that aim to enhance the focus on empowering young people, fostering their active participation in the society and supporting their personal and professional development.
The first call for proposals is now published. More information and official documentation are available here.