Sunday, 28 September 2008

Lifelong Learning Programme

The Lifelong Learning Programme 2007–2013 (previously referred to as the "Integrated action programme in the field of lifelong learning" or the "Integrated programme") is the European Union programme for education and training. It has succeeded the Socrates programme. It includes a variety of support actions, most notably the iconic ERASMUS programme.
The Lifelong Learning Programme 2007–2013 was established by Decision No.1720/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 November 2006[1]. It is the single financial instrument available to the Commission for its directly managed education and training policies during the period covered by the European Union's current financial perspective. The Programme continues the main actions launched under previous action programmes (in particular, it brings together the various actions financed under the SOCRATES Programme and the Leonardo da Vinci Programme). It has six sub-programmes:
The Comenius Programme, supporting actions for schools (from pre-primary schools to upper secondary or equivalent)
The ERASMUS Programme, supporting exchanges of students in higher education, as well as cooperation between universities and colleges, etc;
The Leonardo da Vinci Programme, supporting actions in initial and continuing vocational education and training (including student and apprentice exchanges, cooperation between colleges, etc)
The Grundtvig Programme, supporting actions in the field of adult education
The Transversal Programme covering activities in four themed areas across all sectors of education and training: policy cooperation and innovation in education and training; foreign language teaching; development of ICT-based content and services; and dissemination of results of the programme;
The Jean Monnet Programme, supporting institutions and actions in favour of European integration.

The Programme's objectives are first, to support the development of quality lifelong learning (a reference to the first paragraphs of Articles 149 and 150 of the Treaty of Rome, which establish the European Union's duties in education and training in those terms); and thereafter to help Member States develop their own education and training systems. Although the objectives are expressed in somewhat abstract terms, they are underpinned by actions which concentrate on the creation of links between people, institutions and countries in education and training – what the programme describes as the "European Dimension" of education and training.


See more: European Union — The Lifelong Learning Programme 2007–2013

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