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Call for Proposals

Support for Policy Reform, Civil Society Cooperation in the field of Education

On 28 October 2014, the Call for Proposals EACEA/31/2014 Support for Policy Reform Civil Society Cooperation in the field of Education has been published by the European Commission in the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme.  

The general objectives of the current Support for Policy Reform Civil Society Cooperation in the field of Education call for proposals, published by the European Commission in the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme, are:

- raise stakeholder awareness of European policy agendas in education, training and youth, in particular Europe 2020,

Education and Training 2020, specific policy agendas such as the Bologna or the Bruges-Copenhagen processes, as

well as the EU Youth Strategy;

- increase stakeholder commitment and cooperation with public authorities for the implementation of policies and

reforms in the fields of education and training and of youth, such as of the country-specific recommendations issued

in the framework of the European Semester;

- boost stakeholder participation in the field of education, training and youth.

 

The specific objectives of the Support for Policy Reform Civil Society Cooperation in the field of Education call for proposals, published by the European Commission in the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme, are:

- promoting excellence and innovation, through formal, non-formal and informal learning approaches and learner centred provision of basic and transversal competences, including languages, digital and entrepreneurship competences;

- raising awareness of innovative educational approaches such as Open Educational Resources (OER) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs);

- creating open learning environments and cross-sector stakeholder partnerships;

- tackling the low-skills trap by facilitating efficient and sustainable investment in education and training;

- promoting analyses and debates at European, national and regional level to explore or develop innovative funding approaches;

- increasing attainment levels and minimizing drop-out rates;

- improving the attractiveness of learning environments, facilitating transitions and flexible or alternative learning pathways; developing quality Vocational Education and Training involving work-based learning, traineeships or apprenticeships;

- aligning policies to economic development strategies; enhancing equal opportunities for access to quality education and training, including for learners with disadvantaged backgrounds;

- promoting innovative guidance and counselling approaches;

- supporting a new generation of educators by enhancing the professional profile of teachers, trainers, teacher educators and school leaders, by improving selection, recruitment and retention, effective initial education, early career support, career-long professional learning and development;

- stimulating peer learning and learning communities;

- recognizing and valuing competences through European tools for transparency and the recognition of prior learning, including non-formal and informal learning outcomes, and of experience;

- equipping people in all age groups with better and more relevant competences through lifelong learning, including updating and improving the competences of low-skilled adults.

 

The Support for Policy Reform Civil Society Cooperation in the field of Education call for proposals is open to two categories of eligible applicants:

—European non-governmental organisations (ENGO) in the field of education and training or in the field of youth;

—EU-wide networks in the field of education and training or in the field of youth.

 

Eligible activities must be directly linked to the general and specific objectives of the current “Support for Policy Reform Civil Society Cooperation in the field of Education” call for proposals. The following is an indicative, non-exhaustive list:

- activities facilitating access and participation of stakeholders in the implementation of EU policy priorities in the field of education and training;

- exchanges of experience and good practice; networking and partnerships with other stakeholders;

- capacity-building for the member organisations, including peer learning, training, advisory, guidance and coaching activities to improve the effectiveness of policy actions;

- initiatives and events for developing the membership of the ENGO/EU-wide network;

- awareness-raising, information, dissemination and promotion activities (seminars, workshops, campaigns, meetings, public debates, consultations, etc.) on EU policy priorities in the field of education and training and on EU funding instruments (European programmes — in particular Erasmus+, European Structural and Investment Funds) to support these priorities. Activities establishing synergies between Erasmus+ and other EU or national/regional funding sources are encouraged;

 

The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of the current “Support for Policy Reform Civil Society Cooperation in the field of Education” call for proposals, published by the European Commission in the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme, is EUR 2 5000 000.

 

The deadline for submitting proposals in the framework of the current “Support for Policy Reform Civil Society Cooperation in the field of Education” call for proposals, published by the European Commission, is 17 December 2014.  

 

Further information on the current call for proposals is available on the European Commission’s web site at: https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/funding/ka3-civil-society-cooperation-in-field-youth-2015_en

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