UNESCO Guidelines for the Recognition, Validation and Accreditation of the outcomes of Non-formal and Informal Learning


To move the Belém Framework for Action forward, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), on behalf of the UNESCO Education Sector, has taken the initiative to work with Member States to develop the UNESCO Guidelines on the Recognition, Validation and Accreditation (RVA) of the Outcomes of Non-formal and Informal Learning. These Guidelines were developed through a participatory process involving consultation with Member States to reflect their experience and diverse needs. They follow the professional advice of an Experts Group comprising representatives of each of the regions and of leading international agencies. The preparation of these Guidelines also reflects insights from studies on RVA policy and practice that were entrusted to UIL by 33C/Resolution 10 of the 2005 UNESCO General Conference.

To implement the Guidelines UNESCO will play an active role in the following areas:

  1. Developing an RVA observatory for collecting and disseminating best practice at different stages in the development of RVA systems.
  2. Facilitating policy dialogue, networking and sharing of experiences between Member States through peer-learning activities and cooperation among key stakeholders in different regions.
  3. Facilitating studies on different RVA systems, mechanisms, instruments and tools through collaborative international research in the field of RVA.
  4. Responding to the request of Member States to provide technical assistance and capacity-building to key national stakeholders and practitioners to enable them to construct and implement the RVA systems.

UNESCO GUIDELINES for the RVA of the Outcomes of Non-formal and Informal Learning
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