SOLIDAR: Empowering people through non-formal and informal learning
SOLIDAR launches the new briefing paper “Empowering people through non-formal and informal learning”, defining the practical approach to Building Learning Societies. The briefing paper highlights how non-formal and informal learning in a community-based setting actively combats the challenges our societies face today – and empowers people to fully participate in society in a democratic, social, economic and cultural way in order to find new pathways for the future.
The lasting economic crisis has a severe impact on European societies. More and more people are excluded, making their active inclusion longer and full of obstacles. These groups include young adults who are neither in employment, education or training (NEETs), migrants, school drop-outs and people living in exhaustive poverty. It is estimated that close to 120 million people in Europe are already living in poverty – or are exposed to the risk of falling into poverty.
In the brief, effective and innovative examples of activities carried out by SOLIDAR members are included, as well as a number of policy recommendations needed to support the process of building inclusive learning societies:
- Within the framework of the European Semester Process, take concrete steps towards better access to education and training by proposing measures that promote participation in lifelong learning
- Promote the recognition of skills, competencies and knowledge acquired through non-formal and informal learning within society and at the workplace – and promote a common understanding among different stakeholders
- Work to set up national validation mechanisms, by 2018, for recognising the learning outcomes of non-formal and informal learning that enable the empowerment and participation of the most vulnerable
- Develop measures for fighting unemployment and for supporting young adults who are neither in employment, education or training (NEETs), by offering inclusive labour market opportunities – including lifelong learning as a given part of any and all labour market policies
- Create “learner friendly environments” that meet all learning needs and learning styles, giving special attention to disadvantaged and vulnerable groups – in order to achieve active, inclusion and social cohesion
To read all recommendations and the full briefing, click here.