Breaking barriers: How virtual exchange fosters inclusive and global education

Empowering youth to engage in meaningful intercultural learning experiences online: Lessons learnt from Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange

This session explores the potential of virtual exchange to foster global education, allow more young people from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds to access intercultural and international experience, and equip them with 21st century employability skills. Speakers will discuss the results and impact of the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange project, a pilot initiative launched in 2018 to expand the reach and scope of the Erasmus+ programme by enabling young people in Europe and the Southern Mediterranean to engage in meaningful intercultural experiences online as part of their formal or non-formal education. Lessons learnt from this innovative scheme will inform the reflection on virtual exchange’s ability to advance inclusive and equitable quality education for disadvantaged youth.

Organised by


Paul Walton
Director Strategy and Partnerships
Anna Lindh Foundation
German Bernal Rios
Policy Officer - Cooperation with Southern Mediterranean countries
European Commission - DG for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture
Stephanie Siklossy
Project Manager, Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange
Search for Common Ground
Rawan Tahboub
Junior Facilitation Officer
Sharing Perspectives Foundation
Francesca Helm