The European Commission has launched its Move2Learn, Learn2Move initiative to allow 5,000 young citizens to travel to another EU country either alone or with a school class.
This special project supports the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus program, according to a European Commission press release.
Move2Learn, Learn2Move will be initiated through eTwinning, a teachers' network, which allows students and teachers to communicate and develop projects together throughout Europe.
"Building on the success of eTwinning, this initiative will enable young people to discover and experience first-hand different countries and cultures across Europe," Tibor Navracsics, commissioner for education, culture, youth and sport, said in the release. "On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Erasmus, this will be another example of this EU success story bringing people together, helping them to develop a feeling of what it means to be European."
Students age 16 and older who participate in eTwinning are eligible for the travel program. Free tickets will be awarded in participating countries for the best eTwinning project in each country.
"Transport is not about tracks, ships or motorways; it is about people," Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said in the release. "We want to give young Europeans the chance to discover Europe. We also want to encourage them to travel in an environmentally friendly way, which is why CO2 emissions will be taken into account. I am also happy that we can count on the active participation of transport operators to help strengthen the initiative."
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