1. What are the Causes of ESN?

The Causes of ESN are fields around which the whole network works. They are a translation of our mission, vision, and values into the activity that sections organise every day, providing more opportunities for projects and collaboration in the network. They are complemented by our General Policies which, in turn, are the policy translation of our Mission, Vision, and Values.

Social Impact Measurement 
One of the most important features of the causes is their link with strategies and goals of other organisations, such as the United Nations. For us to understand how impactful the activity of ESN is, it is essential that we measure it. To be able to do so, we need to register all our activities in theActivity Registration System. The international level then analyses the data and the numbers and uses them to develop strategies on how to improve our programmes and services, so that we have a bigger and better impact year after year. The more significant impact we have, the better we can support the international students and international education, which is what our goal is in the end!

2, Which are the causes of ESN?

CULTURE

 

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.

 

EDUCATION & YOUTH

 

ENVIRONMENTAL & SUSTAINABILITY

HEALTH & 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​
SKILLS & EMPLOYABILITY
 
 
 
SOCIAL INCLUSION
 
 
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.