What is the Lifelong Learning Program?
European Union Education and Youth Programs have entered into a new period as of January 1, 2007. Covering a seven-year period that will last until the end of 2013, Lifelong Learning and Youth in Action programs will be realized with the participation of the EU countries, EFTA countries (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) and Candidate countries (Turkey) as in previous programs. In addition, it is estimated that the Western Balkan countries and Switzerland will participate in the program in the coming years.
Our country has joined the European Union and Youth Programs as a "full member" on April 1, 2004. A total budget of 67 million Euros, including both pre-accession EU funds and national contribution margins, has been set within the framework of Socrates (General Education), Leonardo da Vinci (Vocational Education) and Youth programs in this first period that is attracting intense interest and demand. The period will end on December 31, 2006, and the budget was given away to the education and youth sectors of our country as an outright grant. The grant usage rate is close to 100%. A total of 3035 projects were evaluated as worthy of support as of the first three years. Approximately 40.000 Turkish citizens participated in exchange and accommodating programs to increase their knowledge and experiences in the EU countries within the framework of both Programs and individual activities, and they have made important contributions in order to provide innovative approaches to our country.
Collecting all sub-programs and activities about education in a single program with a holistic approach in addition to general and vocational education, LLP has a significant importance due to its new rules, simplifications and the increase in country-based activities. The European Parliament and Council's Decision dated 15 November 2006, numbered 1720/2006/EC, and legislated LLP states the general purpose of LLP as follows: "To turn the community into an advanced information community, to produce more and better employment opportunities, to advance social integrity, to ensure a better environmental protection for the next generations by the way of lifelong learning; especially to strength the mutual exchange, cooperation and mobility between education and training systems within the community in order to ensure that they become a reference for quality in the world".
It is clear that these goals are corresponding to the education objectives of our country. Therefore, our country will join the Lifelong Learning Program as a "full member" once again on 1 January 2007. Furthermore, it is planned to increase the program budgets by approximately 70% in 2007-2013 budget period in order to better meet the demands about education of all institutions and organizations.
Lifelong Education Program will provide opportunities for improvement in education and outright financial aid from primary and secondary students to adults, to vocational education interns, to university students, to the people who need basic skills, to professionals in education sector. The following table only has the aim of providing basic information about programs. Please follow the website of the Center for European Union Education and Youth Programs (www.ua.gov.tr) for the most-up-to-date information about target groups, requests for quotation, application conditions and dates, project quality evaluation criterions and amount of grant of both sub-programs (sectoral programs) and the other sub-activities within these sub-programs.
LIFELONG LEARNING Program (LLP)
LEONARO DA VINCI PROGRAM
4 Basic Activities: Policy making; Learning language; BIT; Dissemination of Sample Applications
Jean Monnet Program
3 Basic Activities: Jean Monnet Act; European Institutions; European Organizations
European Parliament and Council's Decision dated 15 November 2006, numbered 1720/2006/EC and establishing "Lifelong Education Program" (LLP)