The European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme enables people at all stages of their lives to take part in stimulating learning experiences, as well as helping to develop the education and training sector across Europe.
The programme funds a range of actions including exchanges, study visits and networking activities. Projects are intended not only for individual students and learners, but also for teachers, trainers and all others involved in education and training.
There are four sub-programmes which fund projects at different levels of education and training:
- Comenius for schools
- Erasmus for higher education
- Leonardo da Vinci for vocational education and training
- Grundtvig for adult education
- Other projects in areas that are relevant to all levels of education, such as language learning, information and communication technologies, policy co-operation anddissemination and exploitation of project results are funded through the “transversal” part of the programme.
In addition, the programme includes Jean Monnet actions which stimulate teaching, reflection and debate on European integration, involving higher education institutions worldwide.
GRUNDTVIG FOR ADULT EDUCATION
The Grundtvig programme focuses on the teaching and study needs of learners taking adult education and ‘alternative’ education courses, as well as the organisations delivering these services. It aims to help develop the adult education sector, as well as enable more people to undertake learning experiences, notably in other European countries.
Under this Programme there are several types of projects or actions are funded:
- In-service training courses
- Grundtvig workshops
- Visits and exchanges
- Learning partnerships
- Multilateral projects
- Preparatory visits
- Senior volunteering projects