Global Perspectives on Recognising Non-formal and Informal Learning: Why Recognition Matters

‘Recognition of the outcomes of non-formal and informal learning is a prerequisite for building learning societies,’ says Arne Carlsen, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL).

This UIL publication investigates factors that are critical for implementing the recognition, validation and accreditation (RVA) of non-formal and informal learning. It examines RVA’s strategic policy objectives and best practice features as well as the challenges faced and ways forward as reported by Member States. Most importantly, perhaps, this book assesses RVA’s role in promoting equality and inclusiveness both in education and across society more generally.

RVA is at the top of the policy and research agenda in an increasing number of countries. It has the potential to redress a serious lack of relevant academic and vocational qualifications and to promote the development of competences and certification procedures which recognize different types of learning, including formal, non-formal and informal learning.

Global Perspectives on Recognising Non-formal and Informal Learning: Why Recognition Matters examines the importance of meeting institutional and political requirements that give genuine value to the recognition of nonformal and informal learning. In addition, it clarifies the usefulness of RVA and the role it plays in education, working life and voluntary work.

Madhu Singh’s book highlights the importance of re-engineering education for change by recognizing all types of learning. This is crucial as a great deal of individuals’ and groups’ most important learning takes place in non-formal and informal contexts – through the workplace, civil society, the mass media, cultural settings, family and friends.

This book aims to share experience, expertise and lessons learned regarding RVA of nonformal and informal learning.

  • Author/Editor: Madhu Singh
  • Global Perspectives on Recognising Non-formal and Informal Learning: Why Recognition Matters
  • UIL, Springer Science + Business Media
  • ISBN
    978-3-319-15278-3
  • Available in: English