Another challenge concerns the development of social capital among young people, strengthening the position of young people and their ability to actively participate in society, in accordance with the provisions of the Treaty of Lisbon to “encourage young people to participate in the democratic life of Europe”. This issue can also be addressed by means of non-formal learning activities aimed at improving the skills and competences of young people and increasing their civic activity. In addition, it is necessary to provide youth organizations and youth workers with training and cooperation opportunities to develop their professionalism and to provide youth work with the European dimension. Well-functioning education and training systems and youth policies ensure that people who use them have the skills required in the labor market and in the economic sector, giving them the opportunity to play an active role in society and achieve a sense of personal fulfillment. Reforms in the field of education, training and youth can increase progress towards these goals, based on a shared vision of policy makers and stakeholders, solid foundations and cooperation in different fields and at different levels. The Erasmus + program has been designed to support the efforts of program countries for the effective use of Europe’s human and social potential, while confirming the principle of lifelong learning by linking support for formal, non-formal and informal learning in the fields of education, training and sport. The program also increases cooperation and mobility opportunities for partner countries, primarily in the field of higher education and youth.
Erasmus + is an EU program in the fields of education, training, youth and sport for 2014-2020. Education, training, youth and sport are areas that can significantly contribute to meeting socio-economic changes, the main challenges that Europe will face until the end of this decade, and which can contribute to the priorities of the EU’s strategic agenda for economic growth , employment, social justice and social inclusion. The struggle with high unemployment, in particular among young people, is one of the most urgent tasks of European governments. Too many young people are leaving education early, thus exposing themselves to the risk of unemployment and social marginalization. Many low-skilled adults are exposed to the same risk. New technologies change the way societies function and you need to make the best use of them. EU companies need to increase their competitiveness through the use of talent and innovation. Europe needs better integrated and inclusive societies that enable its citizens to participate actively in democratic social life. Education, training, youth work and sport play a key role in promoting common European values, promoting social inclusion, increasing intercultural understanding and strengthening the sense of belonging to the community, as well as in counteracting radicalization. The Erasmus + program is an effective instrument to promote the inclusion of people from disadvantaged backgrounds, including newly arrived migrants