About VINA

VINA stands for Validating Informal and Non-formal acquired skills and it is a European funded project about skills validation in Adult Education.

The consortium of this project is coordinated by EURO, an Italian Research Centre, and the rest of the partner organizations are from UK (European Learning Network Ltd),Czech Republic (Evropská rozvojová agentura s.r.o.), Greece (e-Compass.) and Poland (Fundacja Instytut Rownowagi Spoleczno Ekonomicznej).

The importance to Europe of having citizens that are both skilled and knowledgeable does not start and end with formal education. It is also extended to informal and non formal learning. European citizens need to be able to demonstrate their skills and knowledge acquired from informal and non formal education and use it in their career and for further professional and personal development.

The first European principle for validating informal and non-formal learning put the individual at the center of the process. Still the process of bringing out the full range of skills and knowledge of the individual is carried out in such a way that it remains voluntary. Furthermore the results of validation remain the property of the individual.

An adult who wants to validate his competences acquired through non-formal and/or informal learning is confronted with problems related to the lack of access to appropriate tools. However these tools exist but are very difficult to find and implement them. Also some of the tools that are found by the individual do not guarantee recognition of results.

VINA project in order to approach this problem is aimed at the following groups:

Vina Project and Target Groups

  • Validation Institutions (Public or Private)
  • Adults that are planning for validation
  • Institutions that are planning for validation
  • Trainers/teachers supporting informal / non formal learning

Skills Validation

Validation is about making visible the knowledge and capabilities of an individual. Usually this knowledge is gained outside formal education and training and often it is overlooked and ignored. Validation is also about attributing value to the learning of individuals, irrespective of the context in which this learning took place. Going through validation helps a learner to “exchange” the outcomes of non-formal and informal learning for future learning or employment opportunities. The process must generate trust, notably by demonstrating that requirements of reliability, validity and quality assurance have been met.

Project’s Goal

The main goal of VINA project is to provide Individuals and Institutions easy access to open-source database of a wide range of validation tools, information and projects focused on informal and non-formal learning. Through international partnership we aim to exchange good practices and support people in Europe with a simple to use instrument, which opens opportunities to make their skills visible and clearly validated. Enabling effortless assessment of a knowledge and competences acquired through informal and non-formal learning, we respond to the Europe 2020 strategy targets by improving people competitiveness, promoting more equal society and supporting social mobility.

VINA Database

Within our database you can find information and tools around validation of informal and non formal learning. You can also find relevant EU past projects and their outcomes and connect with services and additional tools of European and international organizations. (link)

ROTA Analyzer

ROTA uses customised algorithms that combine statistical data from the database and provide useful results. It also uses additional statistical mechanisms that help to make conclusions about the most recommended tools, discover tendencies of the users throughout their selections and evaluations and help companies understand a few things about the persons that are interested in informal and non formal education (e.g. more and more are using mobile learning) (link)