Guidelines for the Future


The European tools for lifelong learning are setting the scene for validation, claims Ute Haller-Block of EACEA. At the conference she presented the different tools in this field developed by the EU. These are:


Five documents to make your skills and qualifications clearly and easily understood in Europe. Two documents freely accessible to complete for yourself, and three documents issued by education and training authorities. Read more: HTML

European Qualification Framework (EQF)

The European Qualifications Framework (EQF) is a framework that acts as a translation device to make national qualifications more readable across Europe. The framework promotes workers' and learners' mobility between countries and facilitates their lifelong learning. Read more: HTML 

European Credit System for VET (ECVET)

The European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) aims to give people greater control over their individual learning experiences and make it more attractive to move between different countries and different learning environments. Read more: HTML 

European Quality Assurance Framework for VET (EQAVET)

EQAVET is a community of practice bringing together Member States, Social Partners and the European Commission to promote European collaboration in developing and improving quality assurance in VET by using the European Quality Assurance Reference Framework. Read more: HTML

European guidelines for validating non formal and informal learning

The European principles for validating non-formal and informal learning were designed to strengthen the comparability and transparency of validation approaches and methods across national boundaries. These objectives reflected the overall objective of giving value to a broader range of learning experiences and outcomes, supporting lifelong and lifewide learning. The guidelines support these goals and offer some detail on the structure and processes of validation. They can be written because national positions have become stronger in this field and greater exchange of practice and policy learning is now possible. Read more: PDF

And UNESCO too

Different rolesIn addition to all these EU-made tools, UNESCO has developed Guidelines for the Recognition, Validation and the Accreditation of the Outcomes of Non-formal and Informal Learning. These guidelines will be officially launched at a conference in New Delhi in May, but the draft guidelines were presented to the conference participants by Madhu Singh of UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning in Hamburg. - I think the role of UNESCO is to give member states generic tools that they can adapt and use in their specific setting, Madhu Singh proposes.

The tools developed within the EU are quite different from the ones devised by UNESCO. This is, according to Madhu Singh, because their target countries and goals are different. The EU-made tools were developed to strengthen the comparability and transparency between European countries.  The purpose of the UNESCO tools, on the other hand, is to help countries with little former experience in this field. These countries are encouraged to develop their own well-adapted system for recognition, validation and accreditation of non-formal and informal learning, by the help of the UNESCO guidelines. 


Ute Haller-Block:PDF | Madhu Singh:PDF