Member states should have validation systems in place by 2018. The AVA consortium believes that MSs will have to face big challenges (and in some even resistance) while putting in place such systems and thus they should be supported more. A major role could be played by adult education providers and stakeholders, which are often the implementing bodies of the validation systems. By analysing tools and methodologies in different European countries and proposing solutions from the civil society perspective, this project will contribute to reducing the fragmentation on different levels, namely policy and practice.
The direct target groups are adult education providers as well as national and European policy-makers dealing with validation systems. The indirect target groups are people and learners with a disadvantaged background.
The AVA consortium decided to focus on disadvantaged groups because it believes that validation is one of the key tools and components for lifelong learning to enable people to move vertically and horizontally in their personal lives and careers. According to the AVA consortium, validation should be considered as a right. All citizens should be able to participate in validation arrangements, as it often works as a second chance opportunity; it increases motivation for lifelong learning and helps on bridging the gap between the job demand and supply, by recognizing competences acquired outside the formal system.
The network will:
Kick off meeting- Utrecht, 24-25 November 2014
Second partner meeting - Vienna, 12-13 October 2015
Third partner meeting - Oslo, February 2016
Final partner meeting - Brussels, Spring 2016