Léargas has launched a new strategy aimed at providing international learning opportunities for all, with a particular focus on people who are less advantaged.
The not-for-profit organisation hopes to offer participants opportunities or ‘mobilities’ and the chance to travel to other European countries, learn languages and engage with vocational education.
Léargas’ strategy identifies three key points to address over the next three years. First, raising awareness of the various educational programmes on offer in order to ensure the inclusion of people from all walks of life.
The organisation will also continue to work with youth organisations across Ireland and Europe. In addition, the strategy for 2021-2023 aims to enhance the delivery of their programmes, compliance and management of funding.
Executive Director of Léargas Lorraine Gilligan said she was “very excited” to launch the new strategy alongside Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris.
“We in Léargas have worked hard to balance the knowledge and commitment demonstrated by our staff with the ambition we have for our new programmes in this strategic statement.
“We’re planning to make waves with our programmes, our partnerships and most importantly, with the people who reach their full potential by taking the plunge into EU Programmes with us.”
She said a number of new Erasmus+ programmes have created a “renewed focus” on areas such as inclusion and diversity and the fight against climate change.
Speaking at the launch of the strategy, Minister Harris highlighted the potential positive impact these learning experiences can have on students.
“Mobilities afford participants the chance to improve language skills, gain self-confidence and independence and immerse themselves in a new culture. Studying, or training, or volunteering in another European country can help our learners and young people to blossom and grow.
“The pandemic has shown us all how much we rely on and value human connections; now that we can consider – safely! – re-affirming them in person, I’d encourage all learners to be open to participating in these international learning experiences. Even short-term periods abroad can be transformational.”
Research conducted by Léargas found that 95% of participants in Vocational Education and Training mobilities came away with a stronger ability to interact with those from different cultures.
Further information on Léargas’ new strategy for 2021-2023 is available via the organisations website www.leargas.ie.