Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. - Mahatma Gandhi
Non-formal learning is a type of learning conducted out of the framework of formal education system. Its starting ground is the definition of goals and tasks in accordance with the target group. It overlaps with informal learning, which entails the acquisition of knowledge from the every-day environment. High quality result is obtained exclusively if they overlap.
This topic is increasingly popular in Montenegro. The awareness of lifelong learning is also increasingly present and we, as individuals, are more open towards our own continuous professional development. There are different strategies and rulebooks which have obliged us in recent several years to upgrade and develop our existing capacities. Certificate on completed formal education is not the only document which describes us as a developed personality, ready to tackle all challenges. A curriculum vitae comprising the data on completed level of formal education and personal data is ideal ground for upgrade. If we terminate our education upon the completion of formal education, our CV will not be comprehensive and sufficient.
Our education system and all educational institutions in Montenegro recognize the significance of non-formal learning and prioritize it. Key institutions in non-formal education system of Montenegro are:
- Ministry of Education (http://www.mps.gov.me)
- Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (http://www.minradiss.gov.me/ministarstvo)
- Centre for Vocational Education and Training (http://www.cso.gov.me)
- Bureau for Educational Services (http://www.zzs.gov.me)
- Examinations Centre (http://www.iccg.co.me)
- Employment Agency (http://www.zzzcg.me)
- Human Resource Administration (http://www.uzk.gov.me)
- Chamber of Commerce (http://www.privrednakomora.me)
- Federation of Employers (https://www.poslodavci.org)
Informal learning is maybe the least “visible” learning, but certainly in line with non-formal learning. My social and professional skills were seriously improved during my work engagement by the experience of my mentor, leadership of various educational teams and round table discussions. Informal learning is a space within which I shaped my own way of acquiring new skills and measured the quality of those skills in which I was not confident. The best certificate for this type of learning are new ideas, skills and their application in everyday life.
Regardless of the chosen type of learning, it is wise to provide ourselves an opportunity to develop and improve. A growing number of trainings, workshops, seminars and encounters is certainly a proof of awareness of the importance of lifelong learning. We are strongly supported by Montenegrin roof educational institutions and it is up to us whether we would take actions or not. If we, as professionals, are aware of the fact that we have not learnt everything with the acquisition of university diploma, then we are on the right way. We possess a rich potential and we are to recognize what suits us best and what is the direction of our future pathway in which we would be most beneficial for ourselves and our environment.
Author: Jelena Bojović