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Accreditation of Prior Learning for Adult Immigrants to Europe

The European Basic Skills Network is happy to welcome you to a new online discussion on EPALE. The theme of this discussion, set up in the framework of the network's Capacity Building Series, is the accreditation of prior learning for adult immigrants to Europe.

The discussion is scheduled to start on April 24th, 2019 10:00 (CET) and will be moderated until April 25th, 2019 17:00 (CET). Its results will contribute to the EBSN's forthcoming open education resource (OER) on the theme of migrant education.


Unesco’s Global Education Monitoring Report Team presented in December of 2018 a report entitled “What a waste”.  According to the report, one in eight immigrants to Europe said that not having qualifications recognized is the biggest challenge they face, placed well above inadequate language skills, discrimination, or visa restrictions.

Please read the report and the Unesco blog that summarizes its findings, reflect upon the situation in your own country, and join us to answer these questions:

  • What is your country’s policy for the accreditation of prior learning of newly arrived adult immigrants?
  • Do you know of any example of good practice similar to the ones mentioned in the Unesco blog, either in your own country or beyond?
  • What are the main challenges for the implementation of coherent national plans for accreditation?
  • How is this target group’s transition between basic language courses, recognition of prior learning, validation of qualifications and introduction to working life managed in your country?


The Capacity Building Series of EBSN provides free open educational resources (OERs) and massive online courses (MOOCs) through EPALE, to help the implementation of the European Commission recommendations on Upskilling pathways in EU Member States. EPALE is funded by the Erasmus+ programme, as part the European Commission’s ongoing commitment to improving the quality of adult learning provision in Europe. The project is implemented with the support of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).
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