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Competences of the European project managers working in the lifelong learning, Civil Society Organisations

We present the recommendations for the validation and recognition system for the European project managers working in the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), based on the results of the 34 months-long European exchange and consultations process, involving six European (CSO) active in the field of lifelong learning and European project management.

Recommendations for the European project managers competences recognition and validation system for lifelong learning:

  1. Acknowledge that the dimension of mission and purpose is crucial in the 3rd sector.
  2. Define clear definitions/understandings of competences, skills and experiences.
  3. Build competence validation and recognition systems encompassing theoretical and practical parts of a competence.
  4. Allow flexibility that considers the diversity of the civil society.
  5. Recognise cultural and social differences.
  6. Be sensitive to the qualities of values and attitudes.
  7. Ensure validation through transparent procedures.
  8. Ensure recognition of formal, non-formal and informal knowledge.
  9. Ensure simplicity to understand and measure.
  10. Allow accessibility for those already working in the area (of civil society) and also those without experience.
  11. Consider the complexity of the individual personality (of the candidates to validate and recognise their competences).
  12. Take into account work experience in various areas.
  13. Have the recognition and validation system evidence-based to achieve recognised status in the European Union.
  14. Include references to the already existing, similar/relevant recognition and validation schemes to avoid “reinventing the wheel".

The AER-V SDD Co-laboratory - ideas and clusters

By making progress in the areas as mentioned above, we will address the most critical and helpful root characteristics of the valuable and practical validation system for the European projects' managers and achieve positive change in many other areas such as:

  • Transparency and recognition of skills and qualifications on the European level.
  • Extending and developing the competences of educators and other personnel who support adult learners.
  • Supporting the setting-up of and access to upskilling pathways.
  • Strengthening the European Civil Society Organisations sector.
  • Promoting lifelong learning among the Europeans.  

How were the recommendations developed?

An international team composed of six Civil Society Organizations from Poland, Italy, Denmark, Austria, Portugal and Cyprus worked together for 34 months to develop the recommendations supporting the recognition and validation of knowledge, skills and competences of the European project managers active in Civil Society Organisations.

In the frame of the project AER-V Recommendations for international project managers competences recognition and validation for lifelong learning, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, the team has conducted six international exchanges of experiences and good practices, concluded with the short-term joint staff training event, Structured Democratic Dialogue Co-laboratory*.

The goal of the AER-V initiative was to support the recognition and validation of knowledge, skills and competences of European project managers active in Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the adult education sector, acquired through formal, non-formal and informal learning.

The AER-V team has been working for the benefit of the members, workers, co-workers, educators and volunteers of the Third Sector, adult education organisations (i.e. Civil Society Organisations, including informal groups, Non-governmental organisations and other non-profit organisations).

The AER-V initiative was the follow-up initiative building on the conclusions and recommendations of a previous project, the First-time international projects realisers support network, implemented in the period October 2018 – December 2020. One of the results of this project was the founding of the FIRST Network, an international network of civil society organisations operating in the area of adult liberal education (lifelong learning). The Mission of the FIRST Network is to strengthen the capacity of civil society organisations and entities active in the adult education sector to operate in the international arena, enhancing innovativeness and the ability to adapt to changes in the modern world. All the organisations realising the AER-V initiative are also members of the FIRST Network.The result of the AER-V initiative, a list of Recommendations to give suggestions for the validation and recognition system for the European project managers working in the civil society organisations is now shared with the civil society organisations and the other stakeholders interested in European cooperation, lifelong learning and the broad public.The AER-V Team consider that raising awareness of the need and usefulness of the validation and recognition system of the competences of the European project managers working in civil society organisations is one of the most important steps to ensure transparency and recognition of skills and qualifications on the European level as well as to facilitate the European cooperation and promote lifelong learning.

Interested in some more details?

Please see the “Report: The short-term joint staff training event, Structured Democratic Dialogue Co-laboratory, picturing the whole process of developing the recommendations (attached below).

You may also read the “Set of conclusions concerning the 4 subsequent stages of developing the competence recognition and validation systems for the European Project Managers (PM) active in the adult learning Civil Society Organisations” (attached below).

For further information, please visit the FIRST Network portal: www.first-network.euFeel free to join:  FIRST NETWORK. International projects management Community of Practice

The AER-V project partners:

Foundation of Alternative Educational Initiatives, Poland: http://www.fundacjaaie.eu

Cooperativa Sociale COOSS MARCHE ONLIS Scpa, Italy: http://www.cooss.it

Interrfolk, Institute for Civil Society, Denmark:  http://www.interfolk.dk

EDUCULT – Denken und Handeln in Kultur und Bildnung, Austria: https://educult.at

Rightchallenge Associação, Portugal: https://rightchallenge.org

Future Worlds Center, Cyprus: http://www.futureworldscenter.org 

* Structured Dialogic Design Process (SDDP) is a methodology that enables groups of stakeholders to discuss an issue in a structured, democratic manner that enables them to achieve results. It is a deeply reasoned, scientific, psychosocial methodology that has evolved from over 37 years of development to its current implementation as a software-supported process for large-scale, collaborative design. It is being called, in exchange, Structured Democratic Dialogue (SDD) methodology. The SDDP has several stages, realized during a structured group workshop called co-laboratory.

If you wish to learn more about the SDDP, please visit: https://www.futureworlds.eu/wiki/Dialogic_Design_Science  

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