Recognition of youth work and non-formal learning/education has been regularly on the agenda of European youth work since a first symposium was organised in 2000 by the Youth Department of the Council of Europe and the European Commission White Paper on Youth in 2001 claimed for a better recognition of non-formal learning. As a concrete result the European Portfolio for youth leaders and youth workers (2006, revised in 2014) and the Youthpass for Youth in Action activities (as of 2005, today within Erasmus+) have been developed in order to foster formal recognition. The first edition of the EU-Council of Europe joint working paper Pathways towards Validation and Recognition of Education, Training and Learning in the Youth Field (2004) paved the way for a coherent policy strategy, followed by - to name a few - the event Bridges for recognition (SALTO Inclusion, 2005), the Prague conference in the frame of the Czech EU Presidency (2008), the 1st Youth Work Convention in the frame of the Belgian EU Presidency (2010), all those leading to the second version of the strategic paper Pathways 2.0 towards recognition of non-formal learning/education and of youth work in Europe (2011). The Pathways 2.0 paper has been discussed in a further symposium in 2011, leading to a Statement by participants in the symposium and a related Plan of Action. Since the preparatory work for the symposium an expert group is regularly exchanging on developments in the field.

This section aims at providing you with relevant information about previous, current and forthcoming developments in the field of recognition of youth work and non-formal learning at European and where possible, at national level. Those are in particular:

Initiatives in 2015:
  • Continuously two annual meetings of the Expert Group on Recognition (spring and autumn);
  • A yearly report summarising the developments related to recognition of youth work and non-formal learning;
  • Further developing and enlarging the mapping of the existing recognition tools and recognition practices at European and national levels;
  • Further developing and enlarging the compendium of testimonies and stories of the impact of youth work and non-formal learning/education;
  • Dissemination of existing material (e.g. studies, mappings, reports, researches, etc.) related to youth work and non-formal learning / education;
  • Support of the 2nd European Youth Work Convention and its follow-up.