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2 Education and training 2010 The Youth sector in European Union 2 pillars

3 The L ife L ong L earning strategy The Copenhagen Declaration Future objectives of education and training systems Education and training 2010 Education and training 2010

4 The L ife L ong L earning strategy *sometimes you may find it as simply as LLL November 2001 European Commission brings out a Communication titled: “Making a European area of life long learning a reality” … all learning activity undertaken throughout life with the aim of improving knowledge, skills and competences within a personal, civic, social and/or employment-related perspective Education and training 2010

5 This document stresses that there is a clear need here for the formal sector to recognize and value non formal and informal learning; Mnemonics Mnemonics  The term “non formal learning” is used 37 times in 42 pages! The Chinese proverb put in the beginning has then after become a trend in many life long learning relevant documentation created by a variety of institutions Want to know more??? A Memorandum on Life Long Learning (Oct. 2000) Making a European area of Life Long Learning a reality (Nov. 2001) Council resolution on Life Long Learning (Jun. 2002) A survey on Life Long Learning (2003) Establishing an action programme in the field of Life Long Learning (Nov. 2006) and don’t forget to regularly visit the official web siteofficial web site The L ife L ong L earning strategy *sometimes you may find it as simply as LLL Education and training 2010

6 The L ife L ong L earning strategy *sometimes you may find it as simply as LLL …some jargon to be bothering us for the next many years No1. KEY COMPETENCES The missing link… Read on: Progress Report. Working group on Key Competences. Nov. 2004 Recommendation on Key Competences, Dec. 2006 The web site that records the developments related to themThe web site No2. European Qualifications Framework The common basis… Read on: Towards a EQF for LLL, July 2005 Summary presentation, Sep. 2005 Press release, Sep. 2006 and Press release 2, Oct. 2007Press release, Sep. 2006Press release 2, Oct. 2007 Proposal for a recommendation on the establishment of the EQF, Sep. 2006 The official web site for following all related updatesThe official web site …well, it’s much more than jargon Education and training 2010

7 Declaration The Copenhagen Declaration IN VET* states that ‘…there is a need to develop a set of common principles regarding validation of non-formal and informal learning with the aim of ensuring greater comparability between different approaches in different countries at different levels.’ The acronym VET is used all around nowadays; stands for V ocational E ducation and T raining Read the full text Education and training 2010

8 …common principles Common European Principles for validation of non formal and informal learning To be precise: Common European Principles for validation of non formal and informal learning As set out in the “Final proposal from Working Group H (Making learning attractive and strengthening links between education, work and society) of the objectives process Individual entitlements voluntary matter, equal access, privacy to be respected Obligations of stakeholders establishment of systems and approaches with relevant guidance and counseling Confidence and trust fairness, transparency, quality assurance mechanisms Credibility & Legitimacy inclusion of relevant stakeholders, compatibility with international norms and agreements go deeper… Common European Principles (Mar. 2004) Draft Council conclusions on Common European Principles (May 2004) Education and training 2010

9 Future objectives of education and training systems or, the Objectives process As prescribed in February 2001… (read the full text)(read the full text) 1.Increasing the quality and effectiveness of education and training systems in the European Union 2. Facilitating the access of all to the education and training systems* 2. Facilitating the access of all to the education and training systems* 3. Opening up education and training systems to the wider world *bits & pieces “This requires (…) a strategy which overcomes the traditional barriers between the various parts of formal education and training and non-formal and informal learning.” “Extending education and training in this way will raise issues such as (…) the recognition of prior non- formal and informal learning gained outside formal education and training systems.” “it has to be noted that non-formal learning also promotes young people's employability and develops their competencies and skills.” (read the follow up text) Education and training 2010

10 Education and training 2010 http://ec.europa.eu/education/policies/2010/et_2010_en.html Still longing for more???

11 The youth sector in European Union The White Paper on Youth The European Youth Pact Youthpass The Youth sector in European Union

12 The youth sector in European Union The White Paper on Youth (…)youth associations, social workers and local authorities in many countries are involved in in-depth work with young people. While continuing to be innovative and non-formal, and as part of the overall package of lifelong learning measures, this work would benefit from: – a clearer definition of the concepts, of the skills acquired and of quality standards; – a higher regard for the people who become involved in these activities; – greater recognition of these activities; – greater complementarity with formal education and training. 1 step closer… Get the whole package!

13 The European Youth Pact The youth sector in European Union The European Council calls on the Union and Member States, each within the limits of its own powers and in particular under the European employment strategy and under social inclusion strategy, to draw upon the following lines of action: (…) developing, between Member States, closer cooperation on transparency and comparability of occupational qualifications and recognition of non-formal and informal education. Take a look at the whole Pact

14 The European Youth Pact continues… The youth sector in European Union COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE COUNCIL on European policies concerning youth (read on)(read on) Addressing the concerns of young people in Europe – implementing the European Youth Pact and promoting active citizenship Actions in education and training (…) Commission to propose a European Qualifications Framework in 2006European Qualifications Framework Commission to adopt a Recommendation on key competences in 2006Recommendation on key competences Commission & Member States to develop ‘Youthpass’ from 2006 Oops! What’s that???

15 The European Youth Pact continues II… Specifically on “Youthpass” CALL ON THE MEMBER STATES AND THE COMMISSION TO: 1. encourage, for young people and those active in youth work and youth organisations, the recognition of non-formal and informal learning, for example through developing a ‘Youthpass’ and considering its inclusion in Europass, and consider the validation of such learning, whilst taking account of national situations and respecting Member States' competences; Resolution of the Council and of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States, meeting within the Council, on addressing the concerns of young people in Europe — implementing the European Pact for Youth and promoting active citizenship (read on) The youth sector in European Union

16 Extract from the Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee on the CommunicationOpinion of the European Economic and Social Committee on the Communication 5.6 The EESC encourages the Commission to continue its work on the recognition of youth work and looks forward to the introduction of initiatives including ‘Youthpass’. However the EESC considers that the ‘Youthpass’ alone is not sufficient action in order to strengthen the recognition of youth work. It therefore recommends that the Commission should engage with employer organisations, workers organisations, representatives of the formal education system and appropriate NGOs to develop versatile methodology to raise the awareness on the contribution of youth work to the development of young people and the skills, values and attitudes that young people gain through active involvement in youth organisations and youth work activities. The EESC could facilitate this process. Extract from the Opinion of the Committee of the Regions on the CommunicationOpinion of the Committee of the Regions on the Communication 4.3 In particular, each initiative towards the framing of a European qualifications framework — which will be linked to and supported by credit transfer and quality assurance arrangements, to the common European principles for identification and validation of non-formal and informal learning and to Europass (the European single framework for the transparency of diplomas, certificates and competences) — will require the contribution of local and regional authorities, including in the monitoring and initiative-assessment stages. common European principles for identification and validation of non-formal and informal learning 4.4 Naturally, this should also apply to the test phase of Youthpass — part of the Commission's Europass initiative — planned for 2006. In this respect, appropriate economic and procedural instruments will have to be put in place. The European Youth Pact continues III… Specifically on “Youthpass” The youth sector in European Union

17 … so finally Youthpass as we read here, developing a ‘Youthpass’ and considering its inclusion in Europass here and here, …encourage, while taking into account the specific situation in each Member State, the development of a comparable and transparent youth-specific element within Europass for identifying and recognising the skills and competences acquired by young people through non-formal and informal learning… here and here, In the long run, Youthpass should be integrated in / linked with other European level initiatives, such as Europass here we understand that Europass is something “wider” than Youthpass Curious? Europass press release (Jan. 2004) Decision (…) on a single framework for the transparency of qualifications and competences Europass (Dec. 2004) Decision (…) on a single framework for the transparency of qualifications and competences Europass (Dec. 2004) The official web site The youth sector in European Union

18 but still we have a slight idea about what Youthpass is… To foster the recognition of non-formal learning, the SALTO Training and Co-operation Resource Centre in Germany develops and implements validation instruments for the different Actions of the “Youth in Action” programme, in order to support:SALTO Training and Co-operation Resource Centre in Germany - the reflection on the personal non-formal learning process, - the social recognition of youth work and - the employability of young people and youth workers. Great, and highly appreciated, that CoE is working on relevant and supporting initiatives; take a look take a looktake a look The youth sector in European Union

19 …together, EC and CoE have, among others, agreed that Despite all visibility and undisputed success rates, the youth work record in education, training and learning is easily overlooked or simply made a sub- category within education by decision-makers and stakeholders in established fields such as education and vocational education and training. But, youth work is more than a sub-category of education and training. It has to be seen for its own sake, but also for civil society purposes. Hence, the youth sector has to constantly reemploy strategies for recognition in tune with social changes and new overall educational objectives such as the preparation of young people for a knowledge based economy, for life long learning and for the civil society. From Pathways…Pathways… The youth sector in European Union

20 http://ec.europa.eu/youth/whitepaper/post-launch/post_en_1_en.html The youth sector in European Union Still longing for more???

21 “Youthpass” TC, Vienna, Dec06 “From Youthpass to Europass” presentation by manfred.von- hebel@ec.europa.eu Inspired by, enriched by and made possible with the support of http://eur-lex.europa.eu/ The internet “Common European principles for validation of non- formal and informal learning in Europe” presentation made by Jens Bjornavold “Milestones in formal and social recognition of non-formal and informal learning in youth work” presentation made by Hans- Joachim.Schild@cec.eu.int Numerous relevant discussions with my self and others that have taken place the last 10 years. www.republicradio.gr, as the musical background

22 Made by Athanasios (Sakis) Krezios sakis@entertrain.gr www.entertrain.gr www.kidsinaction.gr/here2stay March 2007 (updated November 2007) Dedicated to everyone that will find it useful in their efforts in making themselves, the young people and the society in general, understand and appreciate the value of non formal and informal learning within the European youth field… Admittedly, The presence of the Council of Europe in this presentation is disproportional to the work it has done in the field of recognition. Therefore I strongly feel the need to make this reference so as to make known that this work in no way is neglected; indeed, it is highly respected and in many ways influences EU policy as well. Above all, it enriches our work as youth work practitioners.


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