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Recognition, Validation and Accreditation of Non-formal and Informal Learning in UNESCO Member States

  • January 2010

‘The recent development of lifelong learning policies in many UNESCO Member States has shown that there is a growing demand for the knowledge, skills and competences acquired by adults and young people over the course of their lives to be evaluated and accredited within different contexts: work, education, family life, community and society,’ says Arne Carlsen, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning.

Alongside established systems for recognizing formal learning, some Member States have developed mechanisms to recognize and validate non-formal and informal learning, and many more are in the process of doing so.

The Belém Framework for Action, adopted by 144 UNESCO Member States at the Sixth International Conference on Adult Education in 2009, called on UNESCO to develop guidelines on ‘all learning outcomes, including those acquired through non-formal and informal learning, so that these may be recognized and validated’.

Consequently, the UNESCO Guidelines for the Recognition, Validation and Accreditation of the Outcomes of Non-formal and Informal Learning were developed and published by UIL in 2012 following a consultation process involving Member States. This report synthesizes and analyses the responses received from 42 Member States during that consultation process.

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Recognition, Validation and Accreditation of Non-formal and Informal Learning in UNESCO Member States (PDF, 3 MB)

  • Author/Editor: Jin Yang
  • Recognition, Validation and Accreditation of Non-formal and Informal Learning in UNESCO Member States
  • UIL, 2010
  • ISBN
    978-92-820-1191-1
  • Available in: English