- Erasmus+ presented the 2021 report, the first year of the new period 2021-2027, which among other novelties includes Vocational, Education and Training new opportunities.
- Destine is one of the 4.255 projects launched during 2021, which contributes to two of the priorities of the 2021-2027 period.
From its beginnings in 1987, Erasmus + programme has allowed 12.5 million persons to participate in mobility activities. Currently, Erasmus+ presents the results of 2021, the year in which it began its new term 2021-2027. A period for which it approved a fund of more than 28 billions in which, trough mobility, cooperation and policy development activities, it will try to reach a positive effect on the professional, social, educational and personal development.
During the previous period (2014-2020), success was huge: 95% of participants felt that they had benefited from their participation, and the 79% improved their language skills. But beyond the skills and learning acquired, Erasmus+ beneficiaries can lift confidences independence, stimulate open-mind, boost innovation while enhancing tolerance and understanding towards other people.
2021, the first year of this period registered 648.640 learners and staff moved belonging to 19.000 projects contracted supporting around 70.000 organisations form programme countries as applicant or partner according to the data displayed on the annual 2021 Erasmus+ report. A period that has as priorities inclusion and diversity, environment and climate change, digital transition and democratic participation.
This new period brings Vocational and Educational Training new opportunities, such as international mobility of VET learners and staff to countries which are not partners of the programme. This is one of the new features of the 2021-2027 period, which has debuted with the approval of 4.255 projects involving 16.832 beneficiary organisations with an investment of 558,6 million. The new programme also reinforces the use of consortia, allowing local and regional VET authorities, VET coordination bodies and other organisations to involve multiple Vet providers in their country in a joint mobility project.
Destine project was launched during 2021, with digital transition,inclusion and diversity as its main axis. The seven partners that conform the consortium would try to boost VET education in the e-environment building an accessible education platform safeguarding the tolerance and inclusivity values. A necessary objective that COVID-19 outbreak highlighted with the existing differences regarding status, religion and gender.
Under this context, French NGO’s OSENGO together with the greek’s NGO Simplexys, the Vocational training institute Akmi, germany’s BK Consult Gbr, Irish’s Future in Perspective Limited, the romanian’s NGO Centrul Pentru Promovarea Invatarii Peramente Timsioara Asociatia and the spanish’s non-profit foundation Finnova, would cooperate to achieve Destine goal: adapt traditional classrooms to the new digital learning environment safeguarding the values of diversity and tolerance trough the creation of an online learning platform inclusive and tolerant.
In a context marked by recent technological changes, shifts in global economic power, accelerating urbanization and demographic changes, coupled with the importance of digital as recently highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic; the DESTINE project, funded by the Erasmus + programme, responds to the challenge of addressing the issues of inclusion, diversity and tolerance in the online and distance learning environment. Specifically, the project aims to develop and improve the skills and competences of teachers, trainers and mentors in the field of inclusion and diversity as applied to e-learning.
About ERASMUS +
Erasmus+ 2021-2027 is the European Union’s renewed programme in the fields of education and training, youth and sport, offering opportunities for all people and in all education sectors (School Education, Professional Training, Higher Education and Adult Education). This new Erasmus+ is more international, more inclusive, more digital and greener, supporting digital transformation, inclusion and diversity, as well as the environment and the fight against climate change. With a budget of more than €28 billion, it will fund learning-related mobility and cross-border cooperation projects for 10 million people of all ages and from all backgrounds.
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