Education & Youth
In our activity, it is primarily the use of non-formal education, which supports non-school education to combat stereotypes and prepares us socially for active life as part of society. It is also professionalization of activities and conducting trainings, as a result of which we increase the skills of our members.
ESN is an organization that deals with education at every level of activity. The local level is primarily the education of volunteers in the subject of organization, development of soft skills, but also the development of international students, for example through the implementation of the Erasmus In Schools project, in this case, we also educate local communities together with exchange students. The national level offers endless development opportunities, starting with ESN UPGRADE, ending with the appointment of specific functions - coordinators, members of the Board or the Audit Commission. Education Officer deals with everything related to exchanges, cooperating with several local Education Officers who have direct contact with their universities. Through the organization of National Erasmus Games, we not only promote a healthy lifestyle, our activities directly indicate how we should eat well or how to play sports. The international level organizes countless conferences, conventions, but also applies for grants or prepares materials that we later use in the education of our members at other levels.
Through cooperation with institutional partners, units such as the European Commission, universities, kindergartens and schools, we not only "teach" education. ESN is a key representative of the youth, we participate in processes that set the direction of activities of many projects and initiatives, including the most important in our activity - the Erasmus + Program. We create guidelines, provide feedback and set a strategy. We deal with everything - starting from preparation, through actions and collecting applications, in order to create further foundations for development.
Culture is the knowledge and characteristics of a particular group of people, encompassing language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music, and arts. Culture is also a set of shared patterns of behaviours and interactions, cognitive constructs and understanding that are learned by socialisation.
Culture is the past reflected in the present. Cultural heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Cultural heritage consists of cultural and creative resources of a tangible (like museums) or intangible (like a traditional dance) nature, with a value for society that has been publicly recognised in order to preserve it for future generations. It includes natural, built and archaeological sites, museums, monuments, artworks, historic cities, literary, musical, audiovisual and digital works, and the knowledge, practices and traditions of European citizens.
Some heritage aspects are relevant to the whole world, deserving a special attention to their conservation, particularly under the management of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). What makes the concept of World Heritage exceptional is its universal application. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located.
Health and Well-being
We might be tempted to give a simplistic definition of “health” as a state of sound body and mind, and of “well-being” as how individuals feel about themselves, feeling healthy, happy and well-off; but when we combine the concepts, the discussion becomes more complex: that’s why through the years, the definition of “Health and Well-being” has changed a lot. Where in the past a mostly negative definition of Health and well-being was used that describes the concept merely as the absence of physical illness, disease and mental distress, now society uses a more positive definition in which the concept Health and Well-being can be defined as the achievement and maintenance of physical fitness and mental wellness. Nowadays “Health and Well-being” is seen as a combination of physical, social, intellectual and emotional factors, in an holistic definition of well-being characterised by a global approach. By deepening this point of view, we can define these four aspects of health:
- Physical health is the functioning of the body and it is quite easy to measure
- Intellectual health is the ability to think clearly
- Emotional health is the ability to recognise emotions such as fear, joy, grief, anger etc. and to express them appropriately. It also involves the ability to cope with stress, anxiety and depression
- Social health is the ability to communicate with other people and form relationships
To conclude, this interdisciplinary approach focuses on body and mind as a whole and not just on a part of it, nor on the symptoms of the problem. It looks at the lifestyle of the individual such as nutritional deficiencies, causes of stress and the causes of a lack of good health and well-being. A holistic approach will involve the individual taking responsibility for their health and well-being: they can do this by educating themselves and being active in maintaining and improving their health and well-being This development of the concept of well-being was confirmed in 2010 by the World Health Organisation that gave a clear definition of health as a “state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease” (WHO, 2010).
There are two main directions ESN is working towards in the field of social inclusion: widening participationand social integration. First, we aim to widen the participation of students with fewer opportunities, that are underrepresented in the Erasmus+ programme through the promotion of mobility opportunities and advocating for more accessible and inclusive mobility programs and Higher Education and we aim to provide the conditions and opportunities for students to actively participate in student life.
Secondly, we aim to increase the interaction between exchange students and local communities in order to instigate social engagement and intercultural dialogue to foster global and active citizenship and intercultural awareness.
The scope of our activity is student focus. Based on the General Policies, the Erasmus Student Network works towards international student mobility with a higher reach, better quality and easier access. More mobility, better mobility and more accessible mobility are three intertwined concepts that are at the heart of every action of the Erasmus Student Network.
Skills & Employability
Under this concept are all the features and skills that are crucial in finding a job and maintaining it. It is also awareness and the ability to set clear, realistic goals in a career, all to be satisfied with your profession.
How is it that volunteers from our organization work, study and, in addition, spend all their free time in ESN? Each of us develops in the organization both individually and in groups. We shape the skills of resource management, above all the ability to effectively manage yourself in time. We work in a dynamic, young team with a diverse cultural and social background. Sounds like a job offer? That's how I would describe nothing but ESN!
Our organization sets the same work requirements for us as many companies. As a result, our members are better prepared to undertake full-time work. What's more, they are aware of their competences and are not afraid to talk about their requirements as to the employer. ESN shapes the skills necessary to take up key positions in companies or to take on challenges such as running your own business.
It's easy, ESN teaches us a lot, it's time to share it with the rest of the world.
Sustainable development of the Earth is a development that satisfies the basic needs of all people and preserves, protects and restores the health and integrity of the Earth's ecosystem, without threatening to meet the needs of future generations and without exceeding the long-term limits of Earth's ecosystem capacity.
ESN has been dealing with the subject of the environment for more than 10 years, because after all, one of the issues it deals with the SocialErasmus project is the environment. Events such as the Erasmus Forest directly contribute to the improvement of air quality and the increase of green spaces in Poland.
During conventions, you may have noticed some solutions that reduce the amount of waste produced. Sections decide to buy segregation bins for their offices, and trainers re-use their materials.
Digitization of our projects and activities also has an impact on the reduction of the number of printed documents.