The EAEA / NVL Conference 2010 on EQF and NQFs 

25.-26.11.2010, Brussels

130 participants from 35 countries responded to the EAEA and NVL invitation to discuss the important issues of EQF and NQFs with the colleagues from all over Europe!

The theme of the conference is relevant for the different sectors of adult learning and the participants could really benefit from the cross-sectorial discussions. The main goal of the conference was to discuss the NQFs especially in relation to non-formal learning and to look for ways of developing the civic society approach to have in-formal and non-formal learning included in the EQF.

The conference provided highly competent expert presentations as well as possibilities for the participants to work in group sessions, to post and clarify questions important for them.

Presentations

1518_530_500_presentations Presentations
Different countries in Europe proceed with the development and implementation of their NQFs at a different pace. Ireland and Austria shared their experience with applying the NQF in their countries.

1512_160_500_niamh_oreilly1 Taking learning out of institutions -
Niamh O’Reilly - Irish qualifications framework is compatible with non-formal education because it sets standards of learning outcome not standardizing the learning process.


Key-notes speeches

jens_bjornavold Creating a common language
Jens Bjornavold - The qualifications frameworks can facilitate validation. “The frameworks use learning outcome as a reference instead of educational input. That creates a common language between sectors, and it is a condition for validation.”

michel_feutrie_170 Continuity in discontinuity
Michael Feutrie - To create continuity in discontinuity, that is the role of validation in lifelong learning according to Michel Feutrie. But in spite of support from EU-policy there is no shared definition or vision of validation, rather resistance from some important stakeholders, he said.

michael_teutsch An opportunity for validation of non-formal learning
Michael Teutsch - “Qualifications frameworks are more than stratification,” said Michael Teutsch of the European Commission. “For many countries in Europe it is also an opportunity to develop validation of non-formal learning,” he added.

Key-points and recommendations

1521_fs_keypoints2 Key-points and recommendations
“The integration of non-formal adult learning inNational Qualification Frameworks (NQFs)” Semi-structured Open Space discussionNovember 26, 2010, Brussels

Interviews

nada_stoimenova Cooperation is necessary
Nada Stoimenova - Working with qualificationss framework will be improved through cooperation, both between educational sectors and between countries in the region. That is one the lessons of the conference for Nada Stoimenova.

1506_160_500_lennart_fast Sceptical but pragmatic
Lennart Fast - ”I am afraid that it will be difficult to defend the free zone of non-formal adult education inside a system of qualifications frameworks, but the folk high schools cannot neglect it. We have to be pragmatic,”

magda_trantallidi A problem of trust
Magda Trantallidi - Incorporating non-formal education into the national qualifications framework will take a long time in Greece, Magda Trantallidi tells.