Kick Off meeting on quality assurance in Non-Formal Education â€“ YFJ
Into the framework of the Quality Assurance in Non-formal Education (QA NFE) inside the European Youth Forum (YFJ), the kick off meeting on the topic was initiated and took place in Brussels between the 8th, and 11th of July.
This meeting enabled participants from different member organizations to understand what the QA process is and how this is utilized regarding the work of the YFJ and its MO's. The first part of the meeting included an introduction on QA and how the process is applied throughout all the phases of implementation of a project. In the case of YEU, the QA process will be implemented during the training course “Eurogaming 2010: NFE in Action Increasing inclusiveness in youth work and volunteering ", which will be held this September in Mollina, during the University of Youth and Development.
After the introduction, the QA process was further explained and its importance in NFE for the European Youth Forum as a means for member organisations work to ensure quality standards was underlined and further discussed. After the presentation and discussion we were given the “Policy Paper on Non-Formal Education: A Framework for indicating and assuring quality”. This policy paper provides a comprehensive set of concepts based on the cornerstone definition: the quality of NFE in youth NGOs is the degree to which selected needs of society and of learners are reached and addressed.
After all the explanation of the QA process, member organisations will now have to implement and control the quality indicator in each of their projects, something that must be done during October 2011, when the second meeting will be taking place. The YFJ and the Pool of Trainers of the YFJ will be supporting the QA process. Being part of the QA process of the YFJ is very important for the better and greater recognition of NFE in Europe. It is also an important means so as to improve the educational methodologies and processes within the organizations, and thus the quality of youth projects.