The Foundation was founded in 1993. It supports all the social initiatives which aim at establishing the civil society, cooperation and the unity between nations The Foundation actively supports Polish integration into the EU structures, it make Lublin and Lublin area known and promotes them as a focal point of different cultures and nationalities. Christian values accompany all our actions. The Foundation strengthens the idea of democracy, self-government, social market economy and solidarity of nations as well as the intercourse among nations beyond all boundaries by educating all generations.
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The Eastern Institute (full name: Foundation Institute for Eastern Studies) has since its inception in 1992 been active in the field of co-operation among European countries, especially in Central and Eastern Europe. Various projects conducted at different levels have been adding to creation and development of political, economic, cultural and scientific ties among states in the region. The most important project of the Eastern Institute is the Economic Forum. Over the period of more than ten years, the Forum has become an important and recognized event in this part of Europe. In its efforts related to the Forum, the Eastern Institute is supported by the Programme Council. The Council sets the content and programme of the Forum, and gives direction to its further development.
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Ever since it was established, the Foundation has been responsible for management of programmes supporting modernisation of the education system in Poland. Hundreds of thousands of people of all ages have had the chance, regardless of their education and skills, to participate in European educational projects. Such activities, financed by the European Union and by the European Economic Area allow their participants to follow their dreams both abroad and in local communities.
The Foundation for the Development of the Education System is the only institution in Poland with such a wide experience in educational programmes management. From 2007 to 2013 the Foundation has coordinated in Poland Lifelong Learning Programme (Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius and Grundtvig) and Youth in Action Programme. Since 2012 it has been implementing three projects within Priority III: High Quality of the Educational System within Human Resources Development. The Foundation manages also National Office of Eurodesk, SALTO Eastern Europe and Caucasus Resource Centre, eTwinning Programme and community initiative European Language Label. The Polish Eurydice office also operates within the Foundation. Finally, since 2007, the Foundation runs Polish-Lithuanian Youth Exchange Fund and since 2008 – Scolarship and Training Fund and Scientific Exchange Programme Sciex-NMSch.
Since 2014, the Foundation for the Development of the Education System has been acting as National Agency of the Erasmus+ Programme, with overall indicative budget of 14,7 billion euro for the seven years 2014 – 2020.
The Erasmus+ Programme, effective of 1 January 2014, builds on achievements of Lifelong Learning Programme (Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius and Grundtvig), Jean Monnet, Youth in Action Programme and on five other programmes, including among others Erasmus Mundus and Tempus. Erasmus+ was designed for a seven years’ perspective, until the end of 2020.
The programme provides financial support for institutions and organisations acting in the field of education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Answering the challenges set by key strategic documents (mainly by Europe 2020 strategy) , the Programme is to contribute to skills development of its participants, to increase their employment prospects and to modernise systems of education, training and youth support.
In practical terms, the Erasmus+ Programme enables transnational educational mobility (studying, working, training, volunteering abroad) for students, education system workers or youth workers and supports partnership building between universities, colleges, high schools, companies and non-governmental organisations for innovation and knowledge-building.
The Programme puts a special stress on cross-sectoral cooperation (different education sectors, institutions of varied grades and profiles) as well as on synergy between education and employment.
The seven year budget of the Programme amounts to 14,7 billion euro, which constitutes a 40% increase in comparison to the previous edition of EU educational programmes. 4 million young people are estimated to take part in programme activities – students and adults – gaining professional experience, studying, training or volunteering abroad. The budget for 2014 reaches 1,8 billion euro, of which 102 million euro will support programme activities in Poland.