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Erasmus+ Youth in Action
and the key comptences

A competence boost for young people

Erasmus+ Youth in Action is the European Union’s learning mobility programme for young people and youth work organisations, institutions and professionals. The programme promotes intercultural dialogue, non-formal learning, equity and inclusion. One specific objective is to strengthen the key competences of young people. Our research shows that Erasmus+ Youth in Action is successful in achieving this objective and contributes to “giving young people the education and the opportunities they need to thrive”, as Ursula von der Leyen phrased it in her political guidelines for the European Commission 2019–2024.

34 Countries

The RAY Network is the open research network of National Agencies of the European youth programmes and their research partners.

The majority of the 23.571 respondents agree or strongly agree – for all aspects of key competence development – that through their participation in an Erasmus+ Youth in Action project they improved their ability …

  • agree
  • strongly agree

Literacy competence

… to say what they think with conviction in discussions.

57%
88%

Multilingual competence

… to communicate with people who speak another language.

40%
93%

Mathematical & scientific competence

… to think logically and draw conclusions.

55%
79%

Digital competence

… to use smartphones, tablets, notebooks, computers etc

32%
51%

… to produce media content on their own.

41%
64%

Personal, social & learning to learn competence

… to cooperate in a team.

42%
94%

… to learn or to have more fun when learning.

44%
84%

… to plan and carry out their learning independently

45%
74%

Citizenship competence

… to discuss political topics seriously.

38%
62%

… to negotiate joint solutions when there are different viewpoints.

51%
90%

… to achieve something in the interests of the community or society

50%
88%

… to get along with people who have a different cultural background.

38%
94%

Entrepreneurship competence

… to develop an idea and put it into practice.

52%
86%

… to identify opportunities for personal or professional development.

62%
85%

Cultural awareness & expression competence

… to express themselves creatively or artistically.

38%
80%

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