On June 13, the EU celebrated 30 years of its ‘Erasmus’ programme. From Erasmus to Erasmus+, 9 million people have now benefited from exchanges abroad.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and European Parliament President Antonio Tajani are leading the 30th anniversary celebrations for the Erasmus programme at the European Parliament in Strasbourg today. To mark the occasion, the Commission is also launching a new Erasmus+ mobile application. Designed for students, vocational learners and participants in youth exchanges, the app will make young people’s Erasmus+ experience easier.
President Jean-Claude Juncker said: “Every euro that we invest in Erasmus+ is an investment in the future — in the future of a young person and of our European idea. I cannot imagine anything more worthy of our investment than these leaders of tomorrow. As we celebrate the 9 millionth person to take part, let’s make sure we are 9 times more ambitious with the future of the Erasmus+ programme.”
Cooperation projects, beyond the mobility
Erasmus+ has also grown to become much more than mobility. Cooperation projects such us ESIPP are a tool offering organisations active in the fields of education, training, youth and sport the opportunity to form partnerships with each other, as well as with other actors such as companies and public authorities. These cooperation projects enhance quality and drive innovation, for example by improving the policies that are essential to economic growth and job creation.
ESIPP objectives in the framework of Erasmus+
The Erasmus+ programme contributes to the achievement of different objectives related to the improvement of education, training and cooperation among others. ESIPP aims to reduce disparities in earning outcomes affecting disadvantages learners. The disadvantaged learners here include the children and young people with autism themselves. Evidence shows that effective early intervention and positive parenting can have a major impact on improving outcomes in both the short and long term for this group. It is also includes the wider family- the young people’s brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers- all of whose learning can be negatively affected by the presence of autism. Again evidence shows that effective parenting improves outcomes for these groups also.
Enabling parents and other stakeholders to develop and promote effective and positive parenting strategies enhance the quality of early childhood education and care with regard not only to disabled children/children on the autism spectrum but also their brothers, sisters and peers. This is therefore a further vital priority.
The quality of the ESIPP project and materials is strengthened by a truly pan-European nature of the project. Effective cross-border links, cooperation and partnerships are developed between a helix of higher education institutions, NGOs and parent groups from Western, Eastern and Sotuhern Europe- supported by a reference group that includes a Northern European perspective.
Mobility opportunities and cross-border cooperation enable the parent education curriculum to be developed. The project further enable NGO staff from the UK and Cyprus to work with their counterparts in Croatia and the FYR of Macedonia to develop their skills and ensure sustainability.
The ESIPP project is part of the second key action point of the Erasmus+ programme “Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices”.
Since its launch in 1987 — with the participation of 11 countries and 3,200 students — Erasmus and its successor programmes have given 9 million people the chance to study, train, volunteer or gain professional experience abroad. In 2014, the Erasmus+ programme was created, integrating all the initiatives in the fields of education, training, youth and sport, in a single EU framework. With 33 European countries currently participating in the programme (all 28 EU Member States plus Turkey, the FYR of Macedonia, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein), more than 2 million people have benefitted from an Erasmus+ experience in less than three years.