EU to offer 2.2 B euros for education, training, youth, sport projects in 2016

October 21, 2015 6:08 am 

BRUSSELS, Oct. 20 — The European Union (EU) announced Tuesday that the EU Erasmus+ program would provide 2.2 billion euros (USD 2.5 billion) in 2016 to fund opportunities for nearly 600,000 young people to study, train, volunteer or participate in youth exchanges and projects abroad.

Further opportunities would be available for 200,000 teachers, educators and youth representatives to continue their professional development, said a statement from the European Commission, or the EU's executive body.

"In 2016, the Commission is focusing funding from Erasmus+ on supporting projects designed to make education and training systems more inclusive, address the growing diversity of classrooms across Europe and help tackle the risks of youth radicalization," said the statement.

Marking the third year of the Erasmus+ Program, the publication of the 2016 general call for proposals and the accompanying program guide would enable institutions and individuals to start preparing to submit their project proposals, which would be selected according to competitive selection procedures.

"Erasmus+ offers incredible opportunities for a broad range of people and projects — student and teacher exchanges, youth actions, work placements, sports activities or projects combining all these, and much more," said Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. (PNA/Xinhua)

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