Learning by doing is probably the best way of educating both the pre-school children and pupils in primary and secondary schools.
About the programme
Nordplus Junior gives contributions to school development work through partnerships between schools in the Nordic and Baltic countries. Cooperation within Nordplus Junior is a good way of bringing new ideas and perspectives into the classroom. Teachers and staff receive an opportunity to strengthen their professionalism and work skills through experience sharing.
Pupils get an opportunity to strengthen their knowledge and abilities through cooperation with other people in the Nordic and Baltic countries. Meeting other cultures, languages and ways of thinking, make pupils more mature and independent; they widen their horizons and deepen their awareness about various subjects, the surrounding world and themselves.
The Nordplus Junior programme makes it possible to apply for grants for cooperation. The grant supports project partnerships, class and teacher exchanges and work experience for pupils.
It is also possible to apply for funding for preparatory visits to discuss and develop project plans with potential partners.
Who can apply
Nordplus Junior is aimed at preschools, primary and secondary schools, both theoretical and vocational programmes, as well as vocational schools/apprenticeships. Extended schools in arts and culture that are part of a national or regional school syllabus may apply as coordinators.
Organisations that work with or have strong interests in compulsory education in the Nordic and Baltic countries may participate as partners.
Pupils, teachers and other educational staff may participate.
Development projects and job-switching for teachers between schools are examples of the activities in the programme.
What can you apply for and for what purpose?
The above mentioned organisations can apply for funding through the Nordplus Junior programme to conduct activities in the following areas:
• Mobility activities: preparatory visits, class exchanges, pupil exchanges and work experience, teacher exchanges and exchanges of educational/academic staff.
• Project activities: project partnerships for example, on quality assurance, dissemination of project results, the development and improvement of educational methods and syllabus development.
Reporting in Nordplus Junior
All beneficiaries of the Nordplus Junior programme must submit a final report to the programme administration one month after the end of the project period, as indicated in the contract. Projects with a duration of more than 18 months must additionally submit an interim report. The deadline for the interim report is fixed to June every year.
The purpose of this document is to give advice on the general financial management of the project grant, as well as other useful information concerning responsibilities and budget adjustments.