A policy debate on validation of non-formal and informal learning took place at the European Economic and Social committee (EESC) on the 29th June 2016. The event was organized in the framework of the Action plan for Validation and non-formal Adult education project (AVA) with the aim of presenting the final outcomes of the project. The event was attended by around 70 practitioners and civil society representatives from the adult education and youth sectors as well as key policy-makers. During the the panel discussion was provided the opportunity to promote the work done in the field and to present suggestions to the draft action plan.
Participants all agreed on the importance of looking at the learners’ needs: “Reaching out to disadvantaged learners should be a priority for all stakeholders as they are those more in need of functional validation systems and those that will benefit from them the most”, underlined Gina Ebner, the General Secretary of EAEA.
Text: Francesca Operti