The European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme is a funding scheme to support activities in the fields of Education, Training, Youth and Sport. The European Commission is responsible for Erasmus+ policies and oversees the overall programme implementation for the period 2014-2021.
The Programme is made up of three so-called “Key Actions” and two additional actions, partly managed at the national level by National Agencies and partly at the European level by the EACEA – Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency.
Programme “Key Actions” are:
- KA 1 – Learning mobility of individuals
- KA2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
- KA3 – Support to policy reform
- Additional action 1: Jean Monnet (Supporting teaching, studies and debate on the EU)
- Additional Action 2: Promoting the development of the European dimension in sport
The LEGO project is funded under the Key Action 2, Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices, which makes it possible for organisations from different participating countries to work together, to develop, share and transfer best practices and innovative approaches in the fields of education, training and youth.
KA2 action supports:Strategic Partnerships in the field of education, training and youth;
- Knowledge Alliances;
- Sector Skills Alliances;
- Capacity Building in the field of higher education;
- Capacity Building in the field of youth.
Project under KA2 – Strategic Partnerships, such as LEGO, aim to support the development, transfer and/or implementation of innovative practices as well as the implementation of joint initiatives promoting cooperation, peer learning and exchanges of experience at European level.
Strategic Partnerships addresses at least one horizontal priority or one specific priority relevant to the field of education, training and youth that is mostly impacted (link at https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/programme-guide/part-b/three-key-actions/key-action-2/strategic-partnerships-field-education-training-youth_en)
The most relevant priorities according to the LEGO objectives are:
- Developing curricula relevant to the labour market and societal needs (Specific priority In the field of higher education)
- Reinforcing cooperation between higher education institutions, VET organisations and employers or social enterprises on real-world problems (Specific priority In the field of higher education)
- Transparency and recognition of skills and qualifications (Horizontal priority)
The specific sub-action called Strategic Partnerships for higher education is managed at the national level by delegated Erasmus+ National Authorities (link at http://www.indire.it/europa/).