On 12 April the EP’s Culture and Education Committee’s adopted two reports – “Learning EU at school” and “Erasmus+ and other tools to foster mobility in vocational education and training”.
In Learning EU at School the European Parliament highlights the crucial role of non-formal and informal learning, including, volunteering and inter-generational, family and adult learning as a tool for developing social and civic skills, competences and behaviours, and in “shaping responsible and active European citizens”. The report underlines the need to recognise and validate such competences within formal learning and to create closer links between formal, non-formal and informal learning. The Parliament recognised EPALE’s role in facilitating access to high-quality, easy-to-use and up-to-date teaching materials.
In Erasmus+ and other tools to foster mobility in vocational education and training the European Parliament recognises the importance of non-formal education in tackling current challenges in lifelong learning, such as early school leaving, unacceptable numbers of young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs), and skills shortages and mismatches.
Source: European Parliament