Lifelong Learning Programme

Lifelong Learning Programme

Background

Since 2004, Turkey has participated in European Community programmes, an integrated set of actions designed to promote cooperation between the EU member states and candidate countries in various specific fields related to EU policies. Citizens, companies, non-governmental organisations, and national administrations of member states and candidate countries can all participate in the extensive range of Community programmes. One of the programmes was the Lifelong Learning Programme, which operated from 2004 to 2013. In 2014, a new programme, Erasmus+, combined all the EU’s existing schemes for education, training, youth, and sport.

The project’s aims and core activities

The Lifelong Learning Programme aimed to enable people at all stages of their lives to take part in stimulating learning experiences, as well as help to develop the education and training sector across Europe.

The programme funded a range of actions, including exchanges, study visits and networking activities. Projects were intended not only for individual students and learners, but also for teachers, trainers, and all others involved in education and training.

From 2007 to 2013, under the programme over €498 million was paid out in grants, which enabled more than 256,000 individuals to participate in the programme.

The programme was made up of six components, which funded projects at different levels of education and training. They were Erasmus for higher education (see separate information sheet), Comenius for schools, Leonardo da Vinci for vocational education and training, Grundtvig for adult education, as well as the Transversal programme (on policy cooperation, languages, information, and communication technologies, effective dissemination and exploitation of project results), and the Jean Monnet programme.