non-formal education

What is non-formal learning?

Broadly, learning outside the formal school/vocational training/university system, taking place through planned activities (e.g. with goals and timelines) involving some form of learning support, for example:

  • programmes to impart work-skills, literacy and other basic skills for early school-leavers
  • in-company training
  • structured online learning
  • courses organised by civil society organisations for their members, their target group or the general public.

Available Resources


Validation of non-formal and informal learning (EACEA)


European guidelines for validating non-formal and informal learning

European Education Policies

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