Taith: 5,000 students and staff to benefit

Some 46 organisations have actually been successful in their applications to the first path of the Welsh student mobility program Taith, the government revealed today.

Speaking in Welsh parliament on October 18, education and welsh language minister Jeremy Miles explained the response to the program as “fantastic”, and said the effective tasks would develop opportunities for over 5,000 personnel and students who “are going to have life-changing learning experiences throughout the world”.

Taith, which means’ journey ‘in Welsh, was released in action to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU’s Erasmus+ program. The Welsh scheme will commit ₤ 65 million towards inward and external trainee movement opportunities between now and 2026, with a particular focus on expanding involvement.

“Demand for Taith from youth and adult education has actually outstripped even the demand for Erasmus”

“Learning from other cultures can benefit us all, but for learners from disadvantaged backgrounds or from under-represented groups, these experiences can have extensive effects,” Miles stated.

Speaking at an IC Global Café webinar, Susana Galván, Taith executive director, stated: “the reality is that not everyone can manage– even if they get a grant– to be away from home for a whole year … or even for an entire semester. So allowing people to have that hybrid design or short-term mobility is rather important.”

Pathway one focuses on “conventional” movement opportunities, while path two– which opened for applications previously this month– will money collaborations and tactical collaborations.

“I’m pleased to say that, up until now, by developing a program in collaboration with the sectors in Wales, the demand for Taith from youth and adult education has actually outstripped even the need for Erasmus, and that is a success we plan to develop on in future,” Miles said in parliament.

Galván stated that a “essential procedure of success” would be “the stories behind those numbers”.

“The ethos of the Taith programme quite aligns with the Welsh Government’s international strategy,” stated Galván.

“Wales is open to the world, Wales is an inviting country … that is internationally responsible,” she added.

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