"Valuing Learning - European experiences in validating non-formal and informal learning" Conference: participation of Ján Figel
End production: 26/11/2007 First transmission: 26/11/2007
Ján Figel’, Member of the EC in charge of Education, Training, Culture and Youth, launched the European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning (EQF) at a major education conference, "Valuing Learning: European experiences in validating non-formal and informal learning", organised in Lisbon on 26 November 2007. The EQF will act as a translation device between the Member States' qualifications systems. This will help employers and educational establishments across Europe compare and better understand the qualifications presented by individuals. The core of the EQF system is its eight reference levels, covering the span of basic to the highest level qualifications. The Recommendation specifies that countries should relate their national qualifications systems to the EQF by 2010. By 2012, every new qualification issued in the EU should have a reference to the appropriate EQF reference level, so the benefits to mobility and lifelong learning that the EQF brings will be visible and available to every EU citizen.
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||Exterior view of the Atlantic Pavillion
||Ján Figel', Member of the EC in charge of Education, Training, Culture and Youth, talking with participants (2 shots)
||General view of the conference (9 shots)
||Ján Figel' (in ENGLISH) saying that for such mobility, Europe needs better, faster, more predictable, more transparent systems of qualifications; this is Member States' competence, so they don't propose harmonisation but compatibility, through the European Qualifications Framework; once adopted, not only on European but also on national level, there will be more mobility and also valorisation of knowledge; if we want a Europe based on knowledge or a knowledge based economy, knowledge should be valued, respected, used for social economic development
||Cutaway of participants