A large number of Erasmus+ projects focus on social participation and equal opportunities. If you would like to find out more about these projects, then take a look at the Erasmus+ Project Results Platform1, or EPRP for short. Input the search term ‘social participation’, for example, and you will find various adult education projects related to this topic that have been approved in Europe by Erasmus+ since 2014. There is a short description of each project, as well as a list of the partner organisations. You can also use the platform to find products developed from completed projects, such as collections of best practice examples, curricula, handbooks and videos.
When searching on this platform, you may also notice that there are different formats in Erasmus+:
KA1 – Mobility
Projects from Erasmus+ Key Action 1 (KA1) are also called mobility projects. In these projects, leaders or employees of adult education organisations travel abroad for their continuing education, which usually involves the completion of courses or ‘job shadowing’ at a host organisation. However, participants can also teach at an overseas organisation themselves.
You also have the option of joining with other Austrian organisations to form a consortium and doing this activity together. This is an especially good option if you are already linked with other organisations in networks or through an umbrella association.
KA2 – Strategic Partnerships
Another one of the formats is Strategic Partnerships, which are also called KA2 projects. Here, there is a choice between two focal points: ‘Cooperation for Innovation’ and ‘Exchange of Good Practices’.
KA2 projects focusing on ‘Exchange of Good Practices’ offer a chance to become familiar with a wide range of approaches and methods. A number of European organisations meet up (regularly) over a relatively long period (at least a year) to exchange their knowledge and experiences of a specific topic. This usually involves collecting examples of good practice that could be helpful for other adult educators.
A successful example: INCLOOD (Inclusive Neighbourhoods – Researching opportunities for intercultural learning). Led by the Austrian coordinator inspire (www.inspire-thinking.at/), project organisations from Germany, Italy, Sweden and (as a silent partner) Switzerland worked together between 2016 and 2018 to tackle the question of how to turn neighbourhoods into vibrant places of intercultural learning. Together they gathered relevant stakeholders and identified criteria for success. The project website (http://inclood.org/) and the EPRP http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/projects/eplus-project-details/#project/2016-1-AT01-KA204-016678 also contain another one of the project’s outcomes: descriptions of 14 neighbourhood initiatives in Europe where intercultural learning is practiced.
Photo: (C) Max Mayerhofer: Zürich aus der Sicht eines Flüchtlings, Projekt INCLOOD