Lifelong Learning Programme
The Lifelong Learning Programme has been created by the European Commission and is running from 2007 to 2013. The programme englobes 3 kinds of actions:
As its name describes it, the Lifelong Learning programme has been elaborated in order to give to opportunity to all the european citizens to learn through their life. The European Commission describes it such as follow:
As the flagship European Funding programme in the field of education and training, the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) enables individuals at all stages of their lives to pursue stimulating learning opportunities across Europe. It is an umbrella programme integrating various educational and training initiatives. LLP is divided in four sectorial sub-programmes and four so called ‘transversal’ programmes.
Therefore, the Sectorial actions is divided in order to allow individuals at every step of their life to be involved in the learning process through the cultural exchange.
From the Comenius Programme, oriented to the pupils and the schools, through its most famous programme Erasmus and Leonardo acting on the higher education and the vocational training (study abroad, teach abroad, internships abroad) and mainly centered around youth, to finally the Grundtvig Programme oriented to adults.
The Comenius Programme organises cultural exchange between pupils and educational staff of primary and secondary schools. The Erasmus Programme is from far the most famous and allows students of higher education to go to study in a foreign univeristy during few months or to undertake an internship within their cursus. The Leonardo Programme is giving the opportunity to freshly graduated students to have their first internship abroad and culturally learn through vocational training. Finally, the Grundtvig Programme focuses on the learning through cultural exchange of the adults proposing them an exchange programme until their sixties.
Those programmes are the base of the Lifelong Learning Programme and in few years of existence already sent (and financially helped thanks to grants) numerous of individuals to learn abroad via cultural exchange. Regarding the statistics and the previsions, an average of at least 15% of the European population is going to be involved into the Lifelong Programme by 2012. Read more about the statistics by clicking on the button at the bottom of the page.
Also, the transversal programs are according to the European Commission:
The transversal programmes aim to complement the sectorial sub programmes and to ensure that they achieve the best results possible. They aim to promote European cooperation in fields covering two or more of the sub-programmes. In addition they seek to promote quality and transparency of Member States’ education and training systems.
Finally, the Jean Monet Programme also gives the possibility to students, teachers or academical staff to learn from cultural exchange but beyond the european borders. Indeed, thanks to that programme about 250000 individuals a year build their international experience on the 5 continents.