State Education Development Agency is managing the Lifelong Learning programmes: Comenius, Leonardo da Vinci, Erasmus, Grundtvig and Study visits projects.

The objective of this action is to support policy development and cooperation at European level in lifelong learning, notably in the context of the new strategic framework for cooperation in the field of education and training (E&T 2020), as well as the Bologna and Copenhagen processes and their successors.

The focus of this action is to promote a peer learning culture, i.e. observation, exchange and mutual learning on experiences of common interest at the EU level. It encourages discussion of relevant themes and develops quality approaches and transparency of education and training systems. Special attention will be paid to peer learning study visits for high level policy and decision makers. Up to 10 % of the total budget available may be set aside for this type of study visits.

A study visit is a short-term visit of three to five days for a small group (8-15 people) of specialists and decision makers representing various groups of education and vocational training stakeholders with the purpose of examining a particular aspect of lifelong learning in another participating country.

The visits are organised locally or regionally under the coordination at the national level by the National agency and at the European level by Cedefop on behalf of the Commission.

For each call a framework of themes is defined following the priorities agreed by the Lifelong Learning Programme Committee; however, the national authorities can choose topics according to their national priorities. Study visits will examine the themes from:

  • a general education perspective,
  • a vocational education and training perspective,
  • a comprehensive lifelong learning perspective.

Furthermore, during the study visits participants have an opportunity to establish professional contacts that might potentially be used for developing new projects and creating networks. For more information please visit the study visits programme website http://studyvisits.cedefop.europa.eu.