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On 5 September, the European Commission has issued a proposal for a Council Recommendation on the validation of non-formal and informal learning. This proposal aims to improve the recognition of knowledge, skills and competences obtained outside schools and universities in the member states.
Crucial to the pursuit of EU2020 objectives of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and, particularly, with a view to foster lifelong learning, to increase employability and to promote economic growth, this proposal aims to push the member states to become more competitive and better equipped to cope with the rapid economic and technological challenges. By validating and recognising skills acquired in informal and non-formal settings, citizens should stand a better chance of advancing their job and career prospects, accessing further formal education programmes (e.g. higher education), and becoming more mobile in the European labour market. Still, most EU countries are still lagging behind in the development and implementation of comprehensive validation systems, with the exceptions of France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Finland.
This proposal sets out several recommendations to the member states, in order to ensure that by 2015 national systems for the validation of non-formal and informal learning will have been established and that citizens may, by then, use their validated experiences to obtain a full or partial qualification. Some of the main recommendations to the member states include:
This proposal should be adopted by the education and youth ministers in the end of November.
European Commission – press release