Today marks the 30th anniversary of the European Erasmus + programme.
It marks three decades of supporting not just students in higher education, but schools, adult education, youth programmes, and vocational education and training.
There is much to be celebrated, and there are many stories of changed lives and adventures made while learning. Over 86,000 young people from the UK took part between 2014-2015 alone. But as with any of the European programmes we are currently involved in, our future participation now hangs in the balance.
We have heard some assurances from Mrs May that the UK government will seek to continue to participate in Erasmus + after Brexit, but her threats of a ‘no deal’ mean nothing is guaranteed.
If last week’s election has demonstrated anything, it is that the young people of the UK are no longer going to allow others to dictate their future.
So today I call on you to not only celebrate this brilliant programme, but to stand up for it too by writing to Mrs May with your Erasmus story - let’s show her Erasmus is still important to us all.