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Recognition of youth work and non-formal learning

The issue of ‘recognition’ as such has been on the agenda for more than 10 years and has lead to a number of initiatives such as: the Symposium on recognition of non formal education (Council of Europe) in 2000; considering non formal and informal education within the Lifelong Learning programmes (European Commission) (as of 2001); the first edition of the Pathways paper (EU-CoE youth partnership) in 2004; Bridges for Recognition (SALTO Inclusion) in 2004; the Prague conference in the frame of the Czech EU Presidency in 2008; the 1st Youth Work Convention in the frame of the Belgian EU Presidency in 2010; the expert meeting on youth work in Rotterdam 2010; Youth on the Move (European Commission), the EU 2020 strategy (European Commission) in 2009; and the second edition of the Pathways paper in 2011, among others.

Herewith you may find some information on the developments related to this priority topic:

Pathways paper

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Expert Group
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on Recognition of
Youth Work and
Non-Formal Learning

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The Statement & Plan of action by participants
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All the relevant documents are collected in our new publication 
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 For further information on the policy developments in the field of non formal learning/education please see the related policy framework of the European Knowledge Centre for Youth Policy and related key documents.



Youth events calendar


New 2014 priority: the Joint Council on Youth encourages support for Ukrainian youth

Call for Tender – Co-ordination of the Council of Europe programme of international reviews of national youth policies in 2014-2016

Task Force on Fiscal Austerity in Europe – call for testimonies

Call for Papers: Youth in Europe – a Lost Generation?

Learning out of the Box – a new card game on learning

European programme at the 15th German Child and Youth Welfare Congress (DJHT), June 3—5, 2014, Berlin