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Celebrating the Erasmus+ programme: 30 years enriching the lives of Europeans

What started as a student mobility programme in 1987 has grown into something bigger and enriched the lives of more than 9 million direct participants, not to mention the indirect impact it has had on so many others. That is why in 2014 several programmes were combined into one: Erasmus+.

In 2017 we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of Erasmus and throughout the year, there will be a number of events held all over Europe depicting the story of the last 30 years: celebrations, conferences, debates, dialogues, exhibitions and forums. Share your event and keep yourself informed by subscribing to the newsletter.

Over the past 30 years, Erasmus+ and its preceding programmes have helped millions of people to improve their chances to learn a new language, develop fresh perspectives on their field of study, gain a clearer idea of European citizenship, acquire (or learn) new skills, or discover their passion for volunteering. Why not share your own Erasmus+ experience? By doing so before 15 April, you have a chance to win a 100€ travel voucher!

Currently the Erasmus+ Programme provides annual funding of €2.1 billion. Discover different funding opportunities for schools such as learning mobility for school education staff and strategic partnerships in the field of education, training and youth.

Monthly topic - February


“The earlier we start supporting the healthy social and emotional development of young children, the more likely we are to be successful in promoting their mental health and well-being”, says Professor Carmel Cefai from the University of Malta. "Children can have a say in their own lives" adds Jean Gordon of the Universal Education Foundation. In February's practice article, we take a look at European and national initiatives that promote the importance of well-being in schools and at the international forum on Learning for Well-being. For additional information on well-being, have a look at UNESCO’s Global Guidance on School- related Gender- based violence and the UNESCO strategy on Education for Health and Well-being. Finally, you may be interested in Stonewall’s work on advocating for LGBT rights in schools across the UK, and at this new resource by Web We Want and ENABLE tackling cyberbullying, online radicalisation and hate speech.

Monthly topic - January

January was the month of Media Literacy on School Education Gateway, as these skills are more important than ever. Have a look at three examples of media education, the guest expert contribution on why transcultural perspectives are needed in media education and an article on whether children are aware of the meanings of intellectual property. Also, do not miss the best practices from the Insafe network and the efforts by the European Commission to support the development of ‘film literacy’, including new funding available for film education. Last but not least, have a look at Dr Mary Aiken's interview on cyberpsychology!


New video interviews are now available on on our YouTube channel. Watch Dr. Mary Aiken explaining about how cyberpsychology, the study of the human mind in the context of human interaction and communication of both man and machine, can serve education, and Jean Gordon of the Universal Education Foundation talking about well-being and its importance.


Two new tutorials are waiting for you to explore them: The first tutorial brings you practical ideas for promoting and supporting intercultural learning, using structured tasks within the framework of the schools exchange. The second tutorial is an introduction to eTwinning, the largest community for schools in Europe. Discover the benefits of eTwinning and find out how to join!


Not sure how to address the topic of migration with your students? Then join this new Teacher Academy course and explore creative ways to discuss with your students migration causes and journeys, human rights, intercultural understanding and so much more. Enrollment is open and free!

The School Education Gateway is funded by Erasmus+, the European programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport. It is operated for the DG Education and Culture of the European Commission by European Schoolnet, an international partnership of 32 European Ministries of Education. The School Education Gateway is linked to eTwinning, the community for schools in Europe.
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