Xena’s European projects are mainly carried out in the Erasmus + area. Erasmus + is the EU program for education, training, youth and sport. Launched in January 2014, it will last until 2020. Erasmus + complements the seven existing programs: Lifelong Learning Program (Comenius, Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Grundtvig), Youth in Action, Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink and bilateral cooperation with industrialized countries. The structure is focused on three key activities, transversal to the different sectors:

Key activity 1 – Individual mobility for learning purposes Individual mobility for learning (KA1) Staff mobility (in particular teachers, school leaders, youth workers) Mobility for students in higher education and vocational education and training Loan guarantee Joint Masters Youth Exchanges and European Voluntary Service

Key Activity 2 – Cooperation for innovation and good practice Strategic partnerships between bodies in the education / training or youth sectors and other relevant actors, Large-scale partnerships between education and training institutions and the world of work; IT platforms: electronic twinnings between eTwinning schools, European Youth Portal, Epale for the education of the people (under construction); Alliances for knowledge and for sectoral skills and Cooperation with Third Countries and Neighboring Countries.

Key activity 3 – Policy reform Support for the EU agenda on education, training and youth through the Open Coordination Method, prospectus initiatives, EU tools for recognition, dissemination and exploitation, political dialogue with stakeholders, third countries and international organizations.

Innovative aspects:     Greater connection with European priorities: excellence in education and training; reduction of school drop-out; transversal skills for employability (initiative, digital and linguistic skills); reduction in the number of adults with low qualifications; ICT and open educational resources; strengthening the professional profile of teachers     Public-private partnerships; learning at the workplace     Strategic partnerships for schools, in view of synergies with universities and businesses     Honor loans for high school students enrolled in the second cycle     Improved linguistic preparation of mobility participants     Increased support for participants from difficult socio-economic backgrounds and disadvantaged groups     New forms of mobility (blended: physical + virtual) Would you like more information about our Erasmus + projects?

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