Stewart McDonald MP has supported a campaign launched by youth and third sector organisations across the United Kingdom to keep ErasmusPlus, a vital European exchange programme which has benefited over half a million people.
Erasmus+ is a European funding programme for education, training, youth and sport. It enables people - especially those who can't otherwise afford it - to study, work, volunteer, teach and train in other countries.
Erasmus+ funds all sorts of educational activities in different settings, including in schools, youth exchanges, cultural projects, volunteering, vocational training and studying at university abroad.
Over the past 30 years, 600,000 people from the UK have taken part in Erasmus+. Between 2014 and 2020, Erasmus+ will have been worth £793 million to the UK.
Stewart McDonald, MP for Glasgow South, said:
"Erasmus is an absolutely crucial way of providing study exchange options for UK students in many different institutions in Europe, as well as opportunities from elsewhere in Europe to study across the continent. The UK Government must cooperate with the EU to ensure that the UK continues to participate fully in the programme."
Emily Beever, European Campaign Lead, YouthLink Scotland said:
“In the midst of uncertainty on our future relationship with Europe, we say join us to celebrate the great success story of Erasmus+ in the UK. We would like to see the Prime Minister make a commitment to the continuation of Erasmus+, a programme that already involves non-EU members, including Iceland and Norway. This funding has given life-changing opportunities to young people from some of our most disadvantaged communities.”
We are asking individuals and organisations to: