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Recognition of competences acquired in the non-formal sector

Conference – Symposium - Forum

8-9 December 2021 | Abbaye Neumünster, Luxembourg

The value of non-formal learning for youngsters will be discussed by experts/practitioners of (non)-formal education -experts conceptual and research level; -practitioners' best practices and tools; -the participants themselves ( workshops)

People are constantly learning everywhere and at all times.  Not a single day goes by that does not lead to additional skills, knowledge and/or competences for all individuals. For people outside the initial education and training system, young people with fewer opportunities or early school leavers in particular, it is very likely that this learning, taking place at home, during their leisure time or during a voluntary service, is a lot more important, relevant and significant than the kind of learning that occurs in formal settings.

However, learning that occurs outside the formal learning system is not well understood, made visible or, probably as a consequence, appropriately valued.

The aim of the conference is to:

  • Know more about policies and practices giving non-formal learning the appropriate value
  • Exchange on methods and tools facilitating recognition
  • Exchange best practices between countries
  • To build a bridge between the formal and the non-formal sector and between employers and youngsters with fewer opportunities by enhancing the mutual understanding on opportunities and obstacles in each of them

The event should bring together experts and practitioners in the field of formal and non-formal education in order to discuss and analyze the value of non-formal learning for young people. This topic shall be presented on different levels:

  • By (scientific) experts on a conceptual and research level;
  • By practitioners who are presenting their best practices and tools;
  • By the participants themselves during interactive workshops and based on the experts’ input and their own experience.


  • Cross-sectoral cooperation
  •  Development of youth work quality
  •  Employability
  •  Recognition of non-formal learning and youth work


First part of the event will focus on experts’ interventions. During half a day, speakers will introduce and explain many aspects of the topic of Recognition of competences acquired in the non-formal sector, participants can ask questions. After the presentations, a round table will be held with the experts and the participants. At the end of the day, participants are invited to vote for their preferred topic (proposed by the experts).

During the second day, participants will be split in groups to work on the voted topics using the methodology of design thinking. Concrete outcomes, projects, political recommendations, etc.


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Training overview


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This Conference – Symposium - Forum is

for max 60 participants

from Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries

and recommended for

Youth workers, Youth leaders, Youth policy makers, Volunteering mentors, Youth researchers, teachers, university staff: over 18 years old

Accessibility info:

This activity and venue place are accessible to people with disabilities.

Working language(s):

English, translated into German and French


Anefore asbl (National Agency)

Organiser: Service national de la Jeunesse

NA: Anefore asbl Nadine Linden nadine.linden@anefore.lu


  • Service national de la Jeunesse (Others)

Contact for questions:

Emanuela Luciano

E-mail: isabelle.mariutto@snj.lu


Phone: (+352) 247-86471

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.


Participation fee

This project is financed by the Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme. Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, visa, etc.) relevant to the participation in the course will be covered by the NAs involved in this project - except a participation fee which varies from country to country. Please contact your Erasmus+: Youth in Action NA to learn more about the financial details, and how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses. In general the sending Agency will take over the travel costs and the hosting Agency the accommodation costs and meals. You can ask your sending NA if the cost relating to possible mandatory Covid-tests to travel to/from Luxembourg have can be covered by them. The organisers do not cover these costs. A fast test is provided by te organisers.

Accommodation and food

See participation fee

Travel reimbursement

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Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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