“Building Learning Societies”: for the promotion of validation of non-formal and informal learning
EUCIS-LLL task force on the validation of non-formal and informal learning met on 14 October to discuss recent EU developments such as the upcoming European Guidelines and Inventory. Members took stock of the implementation of the EU Recommendation on validation. In the afternoon La Ligue and SOLIDAR “Building Learning Societies” project in which EUCIS-LLL is a partner were presented. This includes a Guidebook on the promotion of validation at the EU and national level with many case studies and view points from experts, practitioners and decision-makers. David Lopez, EUCIS-LLL President, participated in a panel discussion during which he stressed that the success in reaching the 2018 deadline will depend on the political will of our governments. What is important for us is that validation becomes an individual right which means that arrangements should be developed in a comprehensive way across sectors as we tend to focus on VET. He reminded that reaching out to disadvantaged groups is still a challenge while educational institutions shall be prepared and encouraged to implement validation and deal with non-traditional publics. Last but not least, it is important to stress again and again that education is not a cost but an investment; validation is a powerful tool to up-skill and empower learners especially the low-skilled.