Everyone will benefit from better validation policies

Validation of non-formal and informal learning makes our labour markets more resilient and contributes to the integration of migrants and refugees by valuing the prior knowledge and experiences of people.

Validation increases the access to lifelong learning and flexible learning pathways. Ultimately, but probably most importantly, it provides vulnerable people with a second opportunity.

In order to support the European Union and its member states to achieve this, the AVA project consortium is proposing a sound and comprehensive plan to allow everyone to work for more inclusive, permeable and effective validation systems. The AVA action plan is launched today and available in three languages. NVL has been an active partner in the AVA project.

The plan includes general and targeted recommendations as well as a plan of action that sets out concrete proposals for implementation, following the logic of the validation process. Public authorities (at national/ regional/ local levels), the non-formal sector and validation providers, other education providers and NGOs, social partners and the business sector are asked to stand up and take action for better validation arrangements in the EU.

A cooperative and joint action is not only necessary to achieve the above-mentioned goal, but is justified by the fact that everyone will benefit from more functional validation policies.

The plan will be widely promoted in the next months at the European and national level. The document has been already appreciated by the participants of a policy debate which took place in Brussels in June 2016. In particular, it has been endorsed from the European Economic and Social Committee member Pavel Trantina, who appreciated the feasible and concrete solutions proposed which complement the recommendations that the EESC adopted in September 2015.

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