Defining Quality Learning Mobility
Quality mobility means ensuring that participants in a learning mobility programme have a positive experience and take out the most for their personal, social, and professional development. It is about leveraging the value of learning mobility experience and enabling the learners to reach their full potential.
The European Charter for Quality Learning Mobility defines 10 principles:
- access to clear and reliable sources of information and guidance on mobility and the conditions in which it can be taken up;
- learning plan drawn up and signed by the sending and hosting organisations and participants;
- personalisation of learning pathways, which considers skills and motivation of participants;
- preparation before departure, tailored to the participants’ specific needs;
- language learning and linguistic support and advice;
- logistical support, with information and assistance concerning travel arrangements, insurance, social security and any other practical aspects;
- mentoring to advise and help participants throughout their stay, also to ensure their integration;
- assistance regarding recognition and certification;
- evaluation of the experience to assess whether the aims of the learning plan have been achieved, and guidance on how to make use of the competences acquired during the stay;
- written agreement by all sides on the commitments and responsibilities.
What does YFU do about quality mobility?
Quality mobility needs accompanying measures, such as frameworks, standards and guidelines to function effectively. The European Charter on Quality Learning Mobility represents the most important reference in the creation of a European area of quality education and training. Other organisations and structures have developed their own standards. YFU is not behind! With our well-established YFU Basic Standards we make sure that we are offering programs that prepare young people for their responsibilities and opportunities in a changing, interdependent world.
YFU Basic Standards fulfil and go beyond all the principles from the European Quality Charter for Mobility. They detail promotion, student recruitment and selection, host family selection and placement, orientation, participant support and counselling, ongoing program involvement, YFU structures and procedures.
What do we call for?
- The Member States to report on the implementation of the European Charter for Quality Learning Mobility and any other complementary measures they have adopted;
- The EU Institutions and Member States to be consistent with what stated in the European Charter for Quality Mobility with a view to eliminating obstacles which directly or indirectly impede the mobility;
- European, national and local authorities to better recognise organisations that are applying quality standards in their learning mobility programmes, for example by putting in place fast-tracks in accreditation systems;
- The European Commission to apply principles enshrined in the European Charter for Quality Learning Mobility to its mobility programmes, such as Erasmus+ funded initiatives;
- Educational and youth organisations to share best-practices, raise-awareness, and promote better understanding of quality mobility.
Resources on quality learning mobility
It provides the general quality framework for European and international cooperation activities a higher education institution may carry out within Erasmus+
A European benchmark on learning mobility accompanied by relevant indicators helps encourage and monitor the progress of Member States towards increased mobility, as well as identify examples of good practice and support the development of peer learning initiatives.
A section of these recommendations focus on quality mobility and call on Member States to use existing quality charters in order to ensure that mobility is of high quality.
The European Quality Charter for Mobility constitutes a reference document for stays abroad in order to ensure that participants have a positive experience. Its scope covers stays by young people and adults for the purposes of both formal and non-formal learning.
The Council proposes action on three levels with a view to increasing investment in education and training, improving the system of mutual recognition of qualifications, and calling on the public authorities and civil society for coordinated strategies in training.
The European Parliament and Council wish to encourage Member States to remove all such obstacles to mobility so that the individuals concerned benefit in full from the provisions of the European acquis in the field of free movement.