CEDEFOP: Validation of non-formal and informal learning
The importance to Europe of skilled and knowledgeable citizens extends beyond formal education to learning acquired in non-formal or informal ways. Citizens must be able to demonstrate what they have learned to use this learning in their career and for further education and training. Countries need to establish systems that allow individuals to identify, document, assess and certify (=validate) all forms of learning to use this learning for advancing their career and for further education and training.
The 2012 Council Recommendation on validation encourages Member States to put in place national arrangements for validation by 2018. These arrangements will enable individuals to increase the visibility and value of their knowledge, skills and competences acquired outside formal education and training: at work, at home or in voluntary activities.
Cedefop cooperates with the European Commission and Member States to develop validation systems by:
- updating and hosting the European inventory on validation of non-formal and informal learning;
- disseminating and further developing European guidelines on validation;
- piloting data visualisation and creating a European database on validation, which connects the European Guidelines with the European inventory;
- conducting case and thematic studies;
- assisting the Commission and countries in organising peer learning activities (PLAs) and workshops.
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