More than 3000 events have taken place in 67 countries around the world between the 15 and 18 October to celebrate the 2020 edition of the #ErasmusDays. The #ErasmusDays showcase the impact that European programmes, most particularly the Erasmus+ programme, have on citizens, organisations and the education and youth sectors around the globe. It expands throughout the world thanks to the involvement of the Erasmus + National Agencies, the support of the European Commission (DGEAC) and the European Parliament.
The current global pandemic didn’t stop hundreds of beneficiaries from sharing their Erasmus mobility experiences and the outcomes of their Erasmus projects. Indeed, for the first time the Erasmus+ community relied almost single-handedly on technology to spread its positivity and its encouragement for others to follow the same path and benefit from the Erasmus+ programme.
For the fourth consecutive year, the #ErasmusDays celebrations reached Malta’s shores. Several local beneficiaries, ranging from schools to higher education institutions to youth organisations joined others online to share their experiences and promote their projects, reaching out to quite a substantial audience on their social media platforms.
Indeed, several organisations including the Malta Council of Science and Technology, the Institute of Tourism Studies and Żgħażagħ Azzjoni Kattolika shared various testimonials on their website and social media platforms. Others, such as the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology, and Advenio eAcademy opted for a webinar or online seminar. Creativity was also brought to light in such celebrations as some beneficiaries opted for other media to spread their message. The University of Malta launched an instagram photo competition engaging its students whilst allowing them to boast memories from their Erasmus experience. JEF Malta and Dyslexic Teens Dialogue opted to showcase videos, whilst St Joan’s Antide took its morning assembly online allowing 340 students to join in the fun.
The EuroApprentices, a group of young people reading courses at MCAST or ITS, also joined the celebrations by sharing their Erasmus experience through self-made videos that were posted on the Maltese National Agency’s facebook page.
The #ErasmusDays might be over but the benefits reaped from the Erasmus+ programme live on. Those interested in getting to know more about this European Funding programme are encouraged to contact EUPA on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 25586132.