Bridges for Recognition-promoting recognition fo youth work accross Europe

Bridges for Recognition of Youth Work is a European Event which brought together youth workers, trainers, non-formal and formal learning organisers, social partners from the labour market and policy makers, to take further steps towards the recognition of non-formal learning and youth work.

Background & Aims

Building on the first edition of Bridges for Training (Brugge 2001), the SALTO Inclusion Resource Centre in Belgium, Flanders organised Bridges for Recognition, a European Event to promote the recognition of youth work across Europe. It aimed...

  • to stimulate the recognition of skills and learning by young people through participation in youth work activities, and...
  • to enhance the social recognition of youth work in society (by schools, employers), by...
  • raising the visibility of youth work and its recognition within and outside the youth sector

Dates & Venue

Bridges for Recognition took place in Leuven (Belgium) from Wednesday 19 till Sunday 23 January 2005.

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Target Group

SALTO would like to bring together people from a variety of areas and backgrounds who could influence the process of recognition of young peoples' skills gained through youth work. More specifically we would like to invite:

  • youth workers, youth organisations and trainers who provide non-formal learning opportunities
  • YOUTH National Agencies, EuroMed National Coordinators and SALTO coordinators who run and support one of the biggest European non-formal learning programmes for Youth
  • Experts, Guests and Policy Makers related to the recognition of skills and competences acquired trough youth work and projects (representatives from formal & vocational education sector, social partners from the labour market, representatives of ministries and institutions)
  • Find a list of participants here >>

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Programme & Methodology

SALTO Belgium-Flanders, in cooperation with the Bridges Steering Group (read more about the Bridges Partners >>), is working on a programme which allows for quality interaction between different target groups on the issues of recognition of skills gained in youth work. The programme would address the following:

  • Introductions: Situating 'Bridges for Recognition' and the importance of youth work in providing non-formal learning opportunities to young people
  • Clarifications: Shedding light on different concepts and approaches to recognition, unrafling the terminology used
  • Illustrations: Presenting some examples of recognition and feedback on them from different perspectives
  • 'Hot Issues': Tackling some challenges and controversies regarding recognition of youth work
  • Future Options & Perspectives: How can the conclusions from the discussions be complimentary or integrated into existing tools and developments.
  • Bridges Fair: Participants will have the space to present youth related tools, programmes, events, organisations,...
  • Find the full programme here >> 

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The following downloads are available:

  • Bridges for Recognition Presentation Document

    A short introduction to what Bridges for Recognition wants to achieve, what methods it will use and how you still can participate.

  • Bridges for Recognition Programme

    This is the programme of Bridges for Recognition with details of all the different workshops and sessions. Download it now - and follow all discussions in room 'Willem Van Croy' via the Bridges Webcam (add BridgesBelgium as your friend in Yahoo Messenger)

  • Bridges for Recognition Press Release

    Find all the background information in a short overview - plus an invitation for the Press Confernce for interested press and media - many interview and picture possibilities - contact Tony Geudens at +32-22090720 for more information.

  • Bridges Banner

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