The European Federation for Intercultural Learning – leading the collective of Individual Pupil Mobility stakeholders from across Europe gathered within the project Empowering Teachers for Automatic Recognition -ETAR, welcomes the Europe on the Move Council recommendation, adopted on 14 May 2024.

The recommendation puts forward concrete actions that within learning mobility enhance the development of intercultural and democratic competences:
● encouraging all learners, educators and staff to participate in the life of host communities, including through volunteering activities, during their learning mobility period abroad;
● enriching learning mobility experiences with training in intercultural awareness, civic engagement, digital and media literacy, knowledge of the EU and its values, and fundamental rights;
● providing incoming learners, educators and staff with information relevant to the local context and creating a welcoming culture through mentors and administrative support.

During the consultation process, EFIL called for the inclusion of three main principles in the Recommendation, and we can see them clearly addressed.
1) Monitoring learning mobility in the school education sector, notably pupil mobility

2) Fostering Cross-sectorial, Whole school and Whole community approach for implementing school internationalisation strategies, which include learning mobility experiences by all providers.

3) Making progress towards automatic recognition of learning periods abroad in general secondary education

Teacher mobility has been rightfully identified as a key enabler for fostering the internationalisation of schools and making learning mobility accessible to all pupils for the development of the competences for living together in a diverse Europe.

We are committed to work with Member states for the implementation of Europe on the Move and join forces with learning mobility stakeholders to reduce barriers to mobility within the sectors of our expertise, namely school education and youth/non formal education. We are prepared to contribute to research and mapping of learning mobility, advance the recognition of outcomes of learning periods abroad, provide information on learning mobility in schools to widen access, and support learners and institutions to ensure quality and outreach of learning mobility- also through alumni networks.

You can find the full text of the joint reaction 👉🏽 here.