From 19th to 20st January 2017 the Kick-Off-Meeting of the ERASMUS+ Project VINA – Validating Informal and Non-formal Acquired skills was held in Palermo (Italy).

The project is targeted to a large audience composed as following:

  • Adults who are in the process of, or are planning, validation of their competences acquired through informal and/or non-formal learning;
  • Educational entities and individuals who are involved in implementing validation of informal and non-formal learning;
  • Public educational institutions/sectorial organisations involved in the informal and non-formal learning process and/or
  • validation;
  • Trainers/teachers who support or accompany their students during informal and/or non-formal learning;
  • Organisations and institutions that are planning validation of INF and NFL.

VINA – Validating Informal and Non-formal Acquired skills is a Strategic Partnership project that aims at raising the indicator of validation of adults skills acquired through informal and non-formal education. The project partners have, between them, the relevant experience and expertise in non-formal and informal learning and its recognition to deliver the work and fulfill the objectvies of the project within a period of two years.

The project will reinforce the cooperation between partner organizations with a view to establishing exchanges of good practices, promote the development and testing and implementation of innovative practices in the field of informal and non-formal learning.

The VINA project brings 5 organisations from 5 EU countries. The applicant organization, EURO (Palermo, Italy), Evropsk√° rozvojov√° agentura, s.r.o. (Prague, Czech Republic), Electronic Compass (Athens, Greece), European Learning Network Ltd (London, UK) and Fundacja Instytut Rownowagi Spoleczno Ekonomicznej (Gdynia, Poland).

The Partnership discussed the implementation of the 2 Intellectual Output foreseen by the project:

1) Database of Instruments for Validating Informal and Non-Formal Learning that will be an innovative repository of recognition tools applicable in INF and NFL.

The Output will allow users to save time, which would normally be used on unproductive search for tools for validation or creating a completely new tool and to benefit from the experts suggestions/recommendations and choose the tool most appropriate for their situation.

2) Recognition Opportunities Tendency Analyzer (R.O.T.A.) with the aim to provide its visitors with easy to understand tendencies analysis, that will help in discovering and understanding behavioural patterns when it comes to validation tools usage in different areas.

Cooperation and communication among all partners will happen mainly with the use of a Communication/Management platform presented during the meeting.

More information about the project can be found at www.vinaproject.eu, the offficial project website.

The main aspects about dissemination and evalution were discussed by partners.

The next meeting will take place in London in September.