06.11.2019

Council Recommendation on Validation of non-formal and informal learning (VNFIL) – EAEA’s response

EAEA sees validation as a key tool in order to promote lifelong learning, to ensure more flexible learning pathways, to encourage learners and build their self-confidence as well as to create a more comprehensive understanding of competences.

European Commission has opened a public consultation on the Council Recommendation on Validation of Non-Formal and Informal Learning (2012). In its response, EAEA recognizes the importance of the Council Recommendation in creating a momentum for validation and believes that the Recommendation has contributed in generating national action towards more and better validation opportunities.

However, a lot still needs to be done in order to enable individuals to progress in their educational or professional development.

EAEA’s response outlines how the validation processes should be improved. The response is backed by the work carried out by Action plan for validation and non-formal adult education -project (AVA). AVA project consortium has published an evidence-based set of recommendations for all the stakeholders involved in validation and an action plan from the point of view of non-formal adult education providers: the AVA action plan.

Read EAEA’s response on VNFIL recommendation (pdf)

More information:
Gina Ebner
EAEA Secretary-General
tel: +32 2 893 25 24
gina.ebner(at)eaea.org

13.07.2020 advocacy

European Skills Agenda is big step forward for European adult learning and education

The recently launched revised European Skills Agenda takes adult learning and education in Europe one step forward. While the Upskilling Pathways have been very valuable for promoting basic skills and validation of non-formal and informal learning, the Skills Agenda strengthens non-formal adult education and learning by saying that it will “prioritise non-formal, life-wide learning, intergenerational, intercultural and community learning” and by highlighting skills for life as a key pillar of adult learning and education.

15.06.2020 projects

Call for expression of interest

EAEA is about to start a project that will give support to the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture to develop a new Lifelong Learning strategy. EAEA is looking for an organisation to support the implementation of the project in Cyprus.

15.06.2020 advocacy

EAEA meets Commissioner Mariya Gabriel

EAEA's President Uwe Gartenschlaeger, Secretary-General Gina Ebner and Ms Doris Pack, former MEP and chair of the CULT Committee in the European Parliament, met online with Commissioner Mariya Gabriel on 11 June to discuss the future of adult learning at the European level.