The NVL – an important piece in a large puzzle

Director General of the CFL (Swedish Agency for Flexible Learning) Hans-Inge Persson and Antra Carlsen, Head Coordinator of the NVL, presented the NVL as a Nordic meeting place and a flexible network. The NVL is a project within the CFL, which is a national governmental agency responsible for promoting lifelong learning. The view of the CFL is that learning needs to be a process: mere dissemination of information is not enough.
Hans-Inge Persson
Hans-Inge Persson
Hans-Inge Persson expressed a wish that Nordic cooperation will contribute to demolishing the osbstacles posed by state borders, and that the sum of five Nordic countries and three autonomous territories will be more than eight. He also sees the NVL as a channel to the European Union, where the Nordic non-hierarchical view of organisations could prove to be of interest. An important aspect is also the cooperation with northwest Russia and the Baltic countries.
– If we do things right, we will be the ones setting the political agenda of adult learning in Europe, Persson said.
He stressed that all Nordic organisations, both at national and Nordic level, must take the NVL seriously.

The Web as a meeting-place

The NVL includes five national coordinators and three contact persons in the autonomous territories. Head coordinator Antra Carlsen emphasised the responsibility of the national coordinators for the work done both at the national level and at the Nordic level.
– They must see and explain to others what adult learning is, and their task is to obtain Nordic knowledge on the subject.
Antra Carlsen
Antra Carlsen
The first task of the NVL is charting already existing networks and presenting different validation methods .
– We collect information from organisations about different validation methods and best practices, as well as background material from all the Nordic countries and the adjacent areas.
The Web is an important tool, which will function as a meeting-place where you can register. The network is now calling for debate and discussion – starting from the national levels and going on to the Nordic level.

In November 2005 a Nordic and European conference on validation of learning will be held.