Erasmus+ is the EU Programme in the fields of education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014-2020. This Programme builds on the achievements of more than 25 years of European programmes in the fields of education, training and youth, covering both an intra -European as well as an international cooperation dimension.

Erasmus+ aims at going beyond these programmes, by promoting synergies and cross-fertilisation throughout the different fields of education, training and youth, removing artificial boundaries between the various Actions and project formats, fostering new ideas, attracting new actors from the world of work and civil society and stimulating new forms of cooperation. Erasmus+ aims at becoming a more effective instrument to address the real needs in terms of human and social capital development in Europe and beyond.

Key Action 2: Cooperation for Innovation and Exchange of Good Practices

This Action is all about enabling organizations to work together in order to improve their provision for learners and share innovative practices. Under Key Action 2 organizations can apply for funding to work in partnership with organizations from other participating countries. The projects funded under this Key Action will focus on sharing, developing and transferring innovative practices in education, training and youth provision between participating countries. Key Action 2 covers the five fields of higher education, vocational education and training (VET), schools, adult education and youth. It is important to note that target groups and activities for Key Action 2 vary by field.

Key Action 2 aims to increase the positive impact of European activities at all levels to ensure benefits for the individuals, organizations and countries involved in projects.

Youth partnership projects can last between six months and three years, and organizations can apply for funding to support a combination of activities. Activities must contribute to overall project objectives, and create, develop, test and embed innovative approaches in youth work, including: new methods, tools or materials to build young people’s key competences, basic skills or language and IT skills; new methods, tools or materials to build capacity and professionalize or modernize youth work, including through the use of ICT, virtual mobility or online learning, sharing of best practice, reform of youth work curricula, etc.; new youth work approaches, including strategies to tackle social exclusion and early school leaving; building links with other sectors, and combining formal and non-formal learning approaches, to tackle forms of social exclusion faced by the most disadvantaged and vulnerable young people; and strategic collaboration with local or regional authorities.

Erasmus+ aims to modernise education, training and youth work across Europe. It is open to education, training, youth and sport organisations across all sectors of lifelong learning, including school education, further and higher education, adult education and the youth sector.

The Erasmus+ Programme shall contribute to the achievement of:

Ø  the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, including the headline education target;

Ø  the objectives of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training, including the corresponding benchmarks;

Ø  the sustainable development of Partner Countries in the field of higher education;

Ø  the overall objectives of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field;

Ø  the objective of developing the European dimension in sport, in particular grassroots sport, in line with the European Union work plan for sport;

Ø  the promotion of European values in accordance with Article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union.

In order to achieve its objectives, the Erasmus Plus Programme implements the following Actions:

Ø  Key action 1 – Mobility of individuals

Ø  Key action 2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Ø  Key action 3 – Support for policy reform

Ø  Jean Monnet activities

Ø  Sport