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UNESCO Guidelines on the Recognition, Validation and Accreditation of the Outcomes of Non-formal and Informal Learning

  • May 2012

The UNESCO Guidelines for the Recognition, Validation and Accreditation of the Outcomes of Non-formal and Informal Learning were developed to facilitate recognition, validation and accreditation (RVA) of all learning outcomes, particularly those of non-formal and informal learning. UNESCO Member States also committed themselves to establishing recognition frameworks to develop and improve RVA principles and mechanisms.

The UNESCO Guidelines define the key areas of action at national level in terms of:

  1. establishing RVA as a key component of a national lifelong learning strategy;
  2. developing RVA systems that are accessible to all;                                                                 
  3. making RVA integral to education and training systems;
  4. creating a coordinated national structure involving all stakeholders;
  5. strengthening the capacities of RVA personnel;
  6. designing sustainable funding mechanisms.

These core principles and action areas provide a template to identify the critical factors in the implementation of the UNESCO Guidelines, as well as obstacles and difficulties that need to be addressed to ensure RVA is successful. They also present a strategic direction for public policy planning with regard to RVA.

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  • Author/Editor: UIL
  • UNESCO Guidelines for the Recognition, Validation and Accreditation of the Outcomes of Non-formal and Informal Learning
  • UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, 2012
  • Available in: English, French, Spanish