Friday, 20 July 2018

Enhancing Resources for Mobility Experiences and Strategies

Project rationale and background

In the years until 2020, the EU youth generation will diminish from 90 to 81 million. This will have a profound impact on education, the economy and society in the future. Technological changes will be even more pervasive and global competition will increase, not least the competition for talented people. Thus, there is an urgent need to strengthen policies to make EU ready for this competition and to give young Europeans opportunities to learn and to develop their capacities (from the Report of the High Level Expert Forum on Mobility). There is a need to improve mobility both in quantity and quality at the EU level, and consequently a strong concern on the part of EU institutions to reach this goal.
Despite persistent efforts, some main barriers must be addressed if learning mobility is to be extended:
- opportunities for organised learning mobility are too few and too little is known by the majority of young people and lack of awareness of the advantages of having a mobility experience;
- teachers and trainers who could act as promoters of mobility lack both the knowledge and incentives to do so; complex and off-putting administrative procedures deter administrators and institutions
- lack of knowledge about the language and culture of other countries
- financial costs barriers as well as the lack of a coherent quality system for mobility establishing quality criteria, creating an awareness of quality among stakeholders and applying operational version of quality criteria to individual mobility projects.

Furthermore, the issue of recognition and certification for learning mobility is vital – a significant number of mobile learners still do not receive appropriate recognition.

Lifelong Learning Programme - Leonardo da Vinci Multilateral Projects Transfer of Innovation - Call for proposals 2011 (DG EAC/49/2011)

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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