In order to the respond to the circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020 the Erasmus+ programme will exceptionally support:
- Partnerships for Digital Education Readiness (in the fields of school education, vocational education and training, and higher education): these projects aim at equipping education and training systems to face the challenges presented by the recent sudden shift to online and distance learning, including supporting teachers to develop digital competences and safeguarding the inclusive nature of learning opportunities.
- Partnerships for Creativity (in the fields of youth, school education and adult education): Aimed to engage organisations in the fields of formal, informal and non-formal education, together with those from the creative and cultural sectors to stimulate European awareness and empower people of current and future generations – regardless of social and cultural background – to be successful innovators in their local environment. One of the goals is also to equip young people and adults with the necessary tools and competences needed to come up with creative and innovative solutions to face unprecedented risks, and societal challenges as well as to unveil opportunities that can be sought in a critical context. This action aims to enhance skills development and competences that reinforce creativity, as well as to boost quality, innovation and recognition of youth work that support the creative potential of youth, thus contributing to the recovery resilience of the cultural and creative sectors.
As a response to the COVID-19 situation, it is particularly relevant that Strategic Partnerships implement the following activities (non-exhaustive list):
Partnerships for Digital Education Readiness:
- activities to deploy digital tools and methods to deliver quality and inclusive education through online/virtual means, including blended teaching, training and learning;
- activities to support learners, teachers and trainers in adapting to online/ distance learning;
- activities to teach and promote safer and more responsible use of digital technology;
- activities to understand how best to incorporate digital online technology into subject-specific teaching, training and learning, including work based learning.
Partnerships for Creativity:
- activities linked to reinforce all aspects of creativity in non-formal and formal education, by enhancing the development of skills and competences;
- measures to accelerate digital transformation and use of digital means to adapt to the way creative products, cultural goods and events are created, managed, disseminated, accessed and consumed;
- activities to promote active citizenship and social inclusion through arts, especially among young people;
- activities to nurture talents and foster entrepreneurship (including social entrepreneurship) in cultural and creative domains;
- learning tools and resources, materials, courses and training modules to foster creativity, culture and multiculturalism;
- artistic and cultural initiatives with an educational dimension or aimed at raising awareness on societal issues and European matters
- activities to establish or reinforce networks and new collaboration models (notably through virtual means) stimulating intercultural engagement and flourishing of creative mind-sets among citizens, in particular young people;
- transnational mobility activities that promote learning opportunities in creative spaces and cultural heritage sites, including creative residencies for artists and creators in the fields of non-formal/formal education and youth work.
A participating organisation can be any public or private organisation, established in a Member State of the European Union as well as Republic of North Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey and Serbia.
DURATION OF THE PROJECT
Partnerships in the fields of education and training: between 12 and 24 months.
Partnerships in the field of youth: between 6 and 24 months.
Strategic Partnerships in response to the COVID-19 situation will be funded according to the same rules defined for standard Strategic Partnerships. Project grants are capped at 300.000 EUR for projects with duration of 24 months.
The deadline to apply is the 29 October 2020. Interested organisations should contact the Erasmus+ National Agency in their country.
Further information and explanations of the calls are available in the second corrigendum to the 2020 Erasmus+ Programme Guide.