A few years ago I was very fortunate to be offered the opportunity to undertake a study visit to Sweden, under the (then) Arion Scheme (EU funding for “mobilities”). This enabled me to spend a week learning about the Swedish Folk High School model of adult learning. I had not heard of it before but I was blown away by its simultaneous simplicity and depth of impact.
The Folk High School model was invented by Nicolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig, a Danish polymath, in the late 19th century. In essence it was based on the German philosophical concept of “Bildung” which was about the development of the human individual in the round, not just as someone to be trained for a particular job. Cultural learning is an important part of the Folk High School system.
The latest round of funding for such mobilities has just been launched. This is now under the Erasmus+ scheme.
If you want to secure funding to allow you to travel to other EU countries to expand your personal and professional horizons, I’d urge you to apply. This strand of Erasmus+ is for adult learning professionals. Quite clear cut if you work in an adult learning institution. If you work in the cultural sector, but focus on adult learning and learners, I’d be interested to see you securing this funding. Let me know how you get on!