Nonformal education for young peoples’ skills
- Inspiring YiA Publication for a separate programme for youth
Since the battle for having a separate Programme for Youth focused particularly on non-formal education is peaking, it is good to read the latest publication "Youth Employment - European good practice projects" which shows how non-formal education and projects based on this methodology have been contributing for building up young people´s knowledge and skills in order to increase their chances on the labor market. The good practices mentioned in the publication were collected by the Youth in Action national agencies and SALTO Inclusion - and published by the European Commission (2012).
Learning through experience is very crucial in contemporary Europe because one has to be very flexible and have a variety of other competences which are not necessarily transferred through the formal education system. The brochure also shows the great efforts of the YiA programme and of those who are using it in shaping a more cohesive society. There are a lot of examples of how the YiA initiatives helped to include youth with fewer opportunities to align chances on the labor market and get them back on the track.
This publication is certainly worth reading and can be a strong argument for having a separate youth Programme because it is economical arguments which are posted by the EU Commission in favor of having one big Programme. This brochure proves however that non-formal education can have also very strong impact on the employability of young people, especially those marginalised and often outside of the formal education system.
You can download the publication from here:
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