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6. Education and Training

6.5 Cross-border learning mobility

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  1. Policy framework
  2. Main cross-border mobility programmes for students in formal education
  3. Promoting mobility in the context of non-formal learning, and of youth work
  4. Quality assurance

Policy framework

Erasmus + learning mobility is an opportunity for students to study and experience abroad in education and training by going to an Erasmus + partner country in order to deepen their professionalism and bring back new academic, professional and life experiences to Latvia.

Between 2013 and 2020, all Erasmus + program countries will spend € 14.7 billion, and about 2/3 of this funding will be allocated to learning mobility, in which more than 4 million people from all over Europe will be able to participate.

In accordance with the European Commission's Decentralized Financing Administration Plan for the Erasmus + program, Erasmus + Program KA1 Project Grants may be awarded by 31 December at the latest for each tender.

Main cross-border mobility programmes for students in formal education

The Erasmus + program supports:

1) Studies at one of the partner higher education institutions;

2) Practice in foreign companies or other appropriate workplaces;

3) to implement a combined study and internship period abroad.

Study mobility:

Provides the opportunity for students to spend a certain period of study while studying in a higher education institution in another Member State;

Provides an opportunity for students to gain valuable academic, linguistic and cultural experience while studying in other European countries; promotes cooperation between higher education institutions and enhances the study environment of the host university; promotes the development of well-qualified and internationally-experienced young people - emerging professionals.

Practice Mobility:

Provides opportunities for students and recent graduates to gain practical experience in an organization or organization in another European country.

Helps students adapt to the demands of the EU labor market.

Provides opportunities for students and recent graduates to develop specific skills, including language skills, and improve understanding of economic and social culture; foster cooperation between higher education institutions and enterprises;

Promotes the development of well qualified, open and internationally experienced young people - emerging professionals.

A participant in learning mobility receives funding from the sending institution for the implementation of activities. Individuals can not apply for funding to the National Agency individually.

The role of the National Agency in Latvia is fulfilled by the State Education Development Agency.

Promoting mobility in the context of non-formal learning, and of youth work

Over 460,000 teachers, of which 5000 are Latvian teachers, work in the eTwinning network. eTwinning Live platform provides teachers with an opportunity to find international cooperation partners for joint projects and for sharing good experience and teaching aids. Over 300 international cooperation projects are started during a year. In 2017, the Move2Learn activity was started in the eTwinning network of teachers, within the framework of which authors of best projects are provided with the possibility to go to an exchange trip to project partners. In order to participate in the programme, youths together with a teacher should create an international formal education eTwinning project in school year 2016/2017. The project may be developed in cooperation with any of 36 eTwinning partner countries. This can be done independently of the subject being taught, however, only those young people, who have reached the age 16 before 1 August 2017, may participate in the mobility trip. Informative work is ongoing in a centralised way from the eTwinning Central Support Services and nationally. The information was sent to over 5000 teachers in Latvia using monthly leaflets. The National Support Services have drafted marketing materials, which are handed out during organised trainings and conferences. As founders of the project are teachers, the information is distributed to this target group. In order to ensure the quality of eTwinning, projects are evaluated based on international evaluation criteria. The evaluation of projects lays special emphasis on social inclusion. Projects are evaluated in a combined way – by specialists of the eTwinning national and Central Support Services.

The following mobility activities are funded within the framework of key action 1 “Mobility of persons for learning purposes” of Erasmus+: Youth in Action programme:

1. Exchange of youths – (duration of mobility 5-21 days);

2. Mobility of youth employees – (duration of mobility 2 days – 2 months);

3. European Volunteer work - (mobility duration 2 weeks – 1 year).

Key action 1 “Mobility of persons for learning purposes” of Erasmus+: Youth in Action programme covers transportation costs, costs related to the implementation of the mobility activity (costs of accommodation, catering, materials, etc.), costs of language training, costs related to the involvement of young people with fewer opportunities, pocket money, and other costs. The information about the programme and its latest news is published on the website www.jaunatne.gov.lv, www.erasmusplus.lv, social media of the agency, different methodical materials are developed, as well as leaflets are sent out.

Quality assurance

No such systems