Coronavirus response: Extraordinary Erasmus+ calls to support digital education readiness and creative skills

Following the revision of the Erasmus+ 2020 Annual Work Programme announced earlier in August, the two new calls were launched on 25 August 2020. They each provide €100 million to respond to the educational challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The call for digital education readiness will support projects in school education, vocational education and training, and higher education. This call will aim to enhance online, distance and blended learning – including supporting teachers and trainers, as well as safeguarding the inclusive nature of digital learning opportunities.
The call for ‘partnerships for creativity’ will support projects in the fields of youth, school education and adult education. The call aims to develop skills and competences that encourage creativity and boost quality, innovation and recognition of youth work.
Both calls will help link education, training and youth organisations with those in the cultural and creative sectors.

The deadline to apply is the 29 October 2020. Interested organisations should contact the Erasmus+ National Agency in their country.

Further information and explanations of the calls are available in the second corrigendum to the 2020 Erasmus+ Programme Guide.

Coronavirus outbreak – deadlines for applications extended

As a result of difficulties experienced by applicants due to the coronavirus outbreak, the deadlines for submission of applications to the actions below have been extended to the following dates:

21 April 2020 (17h00 Brussels time) for all Erasmus+ Sport Actions (Collaborative partnerships, Small collaborative partnerships, Not-for-profit European sport events). Applications to be sent to the Education Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency.
23 April 2020 (12h00 Brussels time) for Key Action 2 Strategic Partnerships for School Education (KA201), Strategic Partnerships for Vocational Education and Training (KA202), Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education (KA203), Strategic Partnerships for Adult Education (KA204), School Exchange Partnerships (KA229).
7 May 2020 (12h00 Brussels time) for Key Action 1 Mobility of individuals in the field of youth – Round 2
7 May 2020 (12h00 Brussels time) for Key Action 2 Strategic partnerships in the field of youth
7 May 2020 (12h00 Brussels time) for Key Action 3 Youth Dialogue Projects – Round 2
26 May 2020 (17h00 Brussels time) for the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (applications to be sent to the Education Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency).
In addition, the deadlines for submission of applications to the European Solidarity Corps actions below have been also extended to the following dates for the same reason:

7 May 2020 (12h00 Brussels time) for Volunteering projects
7 May 2020 (12h00 Brussels time) for Traineeships and jobs
7 May 2020 (12h00 Brussels Time) for Volunteering Partnerships (specific agreements for 2020 under the FPA 2018-2020)
7 May 2020 (12h00 Brussels time) for Solidarity Projects

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE ERASMUS+

PROGRAMME Erasmus+ is the EU Programme in the fields of education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014-2021. Education, training, youth and sport can make a major contribution to help tackle socio-economic changes, the key challenges that Europe will be facing until the end of the decade and to support the implementation of the European policy agenda for growth, jobs, equity and social inclusion.

Fighting high levels of unemployment – particularly among young people – is one of the most urgent tasks for European governments. Too many young people leave school prematurely running a high risk of being unemployed and socially marginalised. The same risk threatens many adults with low skills. Technologies are changing the way in which society operates, and there is a need to ensure the best use is made of them. EU businesses need to become more competitive through talent and innovation.

Europe needs more cohesive and inclusive societies which allow citizens to play an active role in democratic life. Education, training, youth work and sport are key to promote common European values, foster social integration, enhance intercultural understanding and a sense of belonging to a community, and to prevent violent radicalisation. Erasmus+ is an effective instrument to promote the inclusion of people with disadvantaged backgrounds, including newly arrived migrants.

Another challenge relates to the development of social capital among young people, the empowerment of young people and their ability to participate actively in society, in line with the provisions of the Lisbon Treaty to “encourage the participation of young people in democratic life in Europe”. This issue can also be targeted through non-formal learning activities, which aim at enhancing the skills and competences of young people as well as their active citizenship. Moreover, there is a need to provide youth organisations and youth workers with training and cooperation opportunities, to develop their professionalism and the European dimension of youth work.

Well-performing education and training systems and youth policies provide people with the skills required by the labour market and the economy, while allowing them to play an active role in society and achieve personal fulfilment. Reforms in education, training and youth can strengthen progress towards these goals, on the basis of a shared vision between policy makers and stakeholders, sound evidence and cooperation across different fields and levels.

The Erasmus+ Programme is designed to support Programme Countries’ efforts to efficiently use the potential of Europe’s talent and social assets in a lifelong learning perspective, linking support to formal, non-formal and informal learning throughout the education, training and youth fields. The Programme also enhances the opportunities for cooperation and mobility with Partner Countries, notably in the fields of higher education and youth.

In accordance with one of the new elements introduced in the Lisbon Treaty, Erasmus+ also supports activities aiming at developing the European dimension in sport, by promoting cooperation between bodies responsible for sports. The Programme promotes the creation and development of European networks, providing opportunities for cooperation among stakeholders and the exchange and transfer of knowledge and know-how in different areas relating to sport and physical activity. This reinforced cooperation will notably have positive effects in developing the potential of Europe’s human capital by helping reduce the social and economic costs of physical inactivity.

The Programme supports actions, cooperation and tools consistent with the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy and its flagship initiatives, such as Youth on the Move and the Agenda for new skills and jobs. The Programme also contributes to achieve the objectives of the Education and Training Strategic Framework for European cooperation in Education and Training and of the European Youth Strategy through the Open Methods of Coordination.

This investment in knowledge, skills and competences will benefit individuals, institutions, organisations and society as a whole by contributing to growth and ensuring equity, prosperity and social inclusion in Europe and beyond.