This Roadmap is intended to contribute to the implementation of the 2012 Council Recommendation on VNFIL, and to the wider national objectives of effective lifelong learning and deployment of relevant and suitable VNFIL services for the population. It is intended to contribute to national reporting on the country’s progress towards reaching the 2018 milestone according to the VNFIL Council Recommendation (2012), identifying priorities in line with national objectives and specificities, the roles, mandates and responsibilities of different actors involved and key milestones by which progress may be assessed. The Roadmap has been prepared within the context of a country-led initiative of the Centre for Adult Education and the Ministry of Education and Science, supported by the European Training Foundation (ETF), building upon previous work undertaken in 2014/15 on development of a concept paper and action plan to support the development of non-formal adult education and informal learning in the Republic of North Macedonia.
This Roadmap sets out a pathway for the country to develop and implement VNFIL policy and approaches that enable achievements in non-formal education and informal learning to be recognised, valued by users and certificated within the context of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). It also provides a description of the concrete steps that the country will make towards meeting the 2018 target. The country is aware that creating the policies, institutional arrangements, systems and methodologies is a first step; and that making VNFIL a reality for all who would benefit from it will be a long-term process which will require sustained support in the years following the country’s report to the EQF AG (2018).