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Recognition and Added value of Non-formal Education
Start date: Aug 1, 2015, End date: Jan 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

In 2014, over 5 million young people were unemployed in the 28 EU countries, the unemployment rate being 21.7%, almost twice as more as the adult unemployment rate. The problem targeted through our project: young people are lacking essential skills and competencies required by the business sector, as the formal education system is not offering the skills and competencies that the labour market is asking for. Considering the complementarity of formal and non-formal education, the learning opportunities structured with non-formal education tools and methodologies could be an essential solution for the current situation. The seminar “Recognition and Added value of Non-formal Education” tackled the current situation and had as aim to offer the space for the business sector and nongovernmental organizations as well as for young people to meet and to find out how the outcomes of the learning processes structured with non-formal education technologies can be valorized and recognized in order to offer youth better employment opportunities. The seminar gathered 24 young people and representatives of youth NGOs or NGOs working with young people as well as representatives of business sector from 8 different EU countries. Seminar were held in Vilnius, Lithuania on 15-19 of November 2015. NFE was the root of the methodology that were used during this project. Through simulations, workshops and several other activities, project aimed at giving the participants a sound understanding of what is NFE. The project and its main activity – the seminar came up with an innovative approach: analyzing the impact of non-formal learning on the future employment of young people, looking more than to the problems but to the opportunities of developing the essential and transversal competencies required by the labour market. The result of this seminar - encouraged cross-sectoral cooperation between nongovernmental organizations (especially those which are working with young people) and business organizations from different EU countries and founded new ways for cooperation in order to decrease level of unemployed youth by recognizing youth competencies gained in the frame of non-formal education.
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