NYA has joined youth and third sector organisations across the UK to launch Keep Erasmus Plus, a national campaign to save a vital European exchange programme which has benefited over half a million people.
Erasmus+ is a European funding programme for education, training, youth and sport. It enables people – especially those who can’t otherwise afford it – to study, work, volunteer, teach and train in other countries.
Erasmus+ funds all sorts of educational activities in different settings, including in schools, youth exchanges, cultural projects, volunteering, vocational training and studying at university abroad.
Over the past 30 years, 600,000 people from the UK have taken part in Erasmus+. Between 2014 and 2020, Erasmus+ will have been worth £793 million to the UK.
Through partnership across the 6 Erasmus+ sectors we will lobby politicians across the UK, to maintain participation in Erasmus+ after Brexit. The campaign will emphasise the positive impact of Erasmus+ on individuals and communities.
We know it’s possible for the UK to continue to participate in Erasmus+ after leaving the EU. Countries like Iceland, Norway and Turkey, who aren’t members of the EU, still participate as partners in Erasmus+, each with a unique model of participation.
We’re asking the UK Government to commit to maintaining participation in Erasmus+ programme after Brexit.
We are asking individuals and organisations to:
- Sign our petition http://bit.ly/KeepErasmusPlus
- Get in touch with their local politicians and ask them to support the campaign
- Share your Erasmus+ story on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using hashtag #KeepErasmusPlus
NYA joins the NUS, YouthLink Scotland and many others in this campaign.