Report "Expert group on recognition of youth work and non-formal education: Involvement in related policy development, strategies and activities"
This report or overview of the involvement of the Expert Group on Recognition of Youth Work and Non-Formal Learning/Education, hereinafter ‘the Expert Group’, follows the same structure as the publication “Getting There…” (2013), itself based on the revised Plan of Action complementing the recommendations made in the Statement of the participants in the Symposium on ‘Recognition of youth work and non-formal learning/education’ (2011). However, the overview in this document is by no means exhaustive and representative of everything that has been done by the individual members of the Expert Group with regard to recognition of youth work and non-formal learning / education. It only highlights processes the Expert Group has been directly or indirectly connected to or involved in. This also explains why in some cases the follow-up of processes or documents referred to in this report are not stated extensively. Hence, this report tackles the following dimensions with a particular focus on the involvement of the Expert Group:
1. Political process: explore the developments with regard to recommendations and priorities for recognition as identified and initiated by the European Union and the Council of Europe in their political strategies. It might also relate to actions undertaken at national levels.
2. Promotion and campaigns: explore the developments with regard to the visibility of youth work and youth organisations, to the actions and measures related to promotion of the 'Strasbourg Process' and to a number of side initiatives directly or indirectly linked to the overall recognition of youth work and non-formal learning/education.
3. Co-operation and partnerships: explore the developments with regard to the youth sector’s contribution to responses to the current challenges, mainly with regard to co-operation with employers. It might also relate to processes enhancing more dialogue in terms of needs and possibilities, and the importance of mechanisms supporting regular communication and partnerships with other stakeholders.
4. Knowledge: explore the developments with regard to actions focusing on mapping and compiling existing knowledge in youth work and non-formal learning/education, and to exploring mechanisms and networks favouring/strengthening the dissemination and use of the findings of any research and any breakthroughs in the field of youth.
5. Quality: explore the developments with regard to working towards a common understanding of and joint commitment to the quality of non-formal learning/education. This includes bringing together relevant stakeholders, practitioners, policy makers and researchers, and building on existing good practices to further promote the implementation of quality assurance in non-formal learning/education in youth work.
6. Tools: explore the developments with regard to the further development of existing recognition instruments, based on evaluation of the results made so far and respecting the ‘complementarity principle’.
7. Resources and support: explore the developments with regard to policy makers and decision makers who are responsible for various policy fields. This includes youth work, education and training, employment, social cohesion and civil society.
Read the report: http://pjp-eu.coe.int/en/web/youth-partnership/recognition-group
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