2018 is an important year for the mobilization of civil society and those involved in education and training in Europe. The success of the first edition of #ErasmusDays in 2017 (650 events, 11 countries, 324 cities and 52 million people reached through social medias) has led to reschedule this European festival based on the Erasmus brand on Friday 12th of October and Saturday 13th of October 2018. Not only does #ErasmusDays bring together the players of the Erasmus + programme, but also all the stakeholders of international mobility and European citizenship.
The very simple idea is to communicate on Erasmus brand and disseminate Erasmus + projects results over two specific days in order to be visible by citizens, professionals, medias and policy makers and in accordance with two possible ways :
- all the Erasmus + programme players (educational and training institutions, companies, research centres, chambers of trades, employment agencies, organisations and NGOs, etc.) are invited to showcase the impact of their projects. Each institution is free to organise every kind of event, including seminars, partner meetings, photo exhibitions, concerts, radio shows, conferences, hackathons, digital activities… The events will be registered and visible on www.erasmusdays.eu (opening in June) and on the social networks with #ErasmusDays.
- the nine million former beneficiaries and the current citizen beneficiaries (school children and teenagers, students, apprentices, teachers and instructors, youth actors) as well as civil society representatives (European organizations, parents associations, etc.) will be demonstrating their pride in being European and their commitment to Europe.
2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage. It is the perfect opportunity to specifically involve cultural players.
With 26 countries involved in the citizens’ consultations on Europe, the #ErasmusDays represent a high point for the organization of debates on Europe. Ahead of the European elections of May 2019, these public consultations can be organized on 12th and 13th of October for a stronger impact.
The #ErasmusDays events will also promote European citizenship by joining the European Parliament’s « This Time I’m Voting » initiative.