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UIL expands its Global Observatory of Recognition, Validation and Accreditation (RVA) of Non-formal and Informal Learning


© New Zealand Now
1 March 2017

The UNESCO Institute of Lifelong Learning (UIL) has reviewed and updated its Global Observatory of Recognition, Validation and Accreditation (RVA) of Non-formal and Informal Learning. The online platform currently comprises 50 case studies from 26 countries as well as 28 country profiles. It provides policymakers and education experts with insight into various approaches and strategies for recognizing the knowledge, skills and competences acquired by individuals through non-formal and informal learning.

One example of RVA in action involves the New Zealand postal service, which has experienced site closures and downsizing, resulting in extensive layoffs. To help former workers improve their chances of finding new employment in a highly competitive labour market, the New Zealand Post ensured the recognition, validation and certification of the skills they obtained while on the job.

The updated Observatory also highlights selected thematic studies and symposia analysing the recognition, validation and accreditation of non-formal and informal learning in relation to matters including policy and legislation, social inclusion, national qualification frameworks (NQFs), skills development and quality assurance.  Future case studies will also cover current issues such as certificating skills in informal economies and building better recognition mechanisms for the non-formal learning and competences of Syrian refugees.  Policymakers, national experts, practitioners and researchers are also able to contribute to the collection of cases and share their country’s models and practices.