In the context of the principle of learning throughout life, the identification and validation of non-formal and informal learning aim at making visible and valuing the full range of knowledge and competences held by an individual, irrespective of where or how they have been acquired.
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 Council Recommendation on the validation of non-formal and informal learning 20 December 2012
- Proposal for a European Council Recommendation on the validation of non-formal and informal learning
- CEDEFOP (2015) European guidelines for validating non formal and informal learning
- European Inventory on Validation of Non-formal and informal learning: The project collects information on current practice in the validation of non-formal and informal learning from 33 European countries.