Quality Education

The Youth Forum advocates for the funding and the right to equal access to quality education. The right to education should be guaranteed to everyone, in all settings, throughout a lifetime.

We actively contribute to the Rethinking Education process, by advocating for the break down of barriers between different educational providers and ensure that education contributes to the personal and social development of young people. Young people are not only future workers, but also and primarily active citizens.

We focus our work on the recognition and value of non-formal education. For us, non-formal education is an organised education process that takes place outside the traditional learning settings (school, university, or vocational education and training institutions). In 2012, the Youth Forum commissioned a study on the impact of non-formal education on young people’s employability. We now have tangible evidence of the value and the role of youth organisations as quality education providers, and of their contribution to the development of relevant skills of young people.

To maintain and further improve this quality, the Youth Forum has developed a Manual on quality Assurance Framework on Non Formal Education. It is currently adapted to youth organisations, but we are working with different partners to broaden its scope.

Related publications

  • 2013: European Youth Forum Policy Paper on Quality Education
  • 2012: Position Paper: LoveYouthFuture: A New European Deal For and With Youth
  • 2013: Manual on a Framework for Quality Assurance of Non Formal Education
  • 2017: Policy paper on Citizenship Education
  • 2011: Policy Paper on Quality Assurance of Non Formal Education
  • 2011: Revised Policy Paper on NFE: A Framework for indicating and assuring quality
  • 2010: Policy Paper on Vocational Education and Training
  • 2008: Policy Paper on early education leaving
  • 2008: Policy Paper on Youth & the European Social Model
  • 2007: ““Training in the Youth Field -– a weapon of mass construction””
  • 2006: REPORT: European Youth Forum Inaugural dialogue meeting on Non-Formal Education: ‘Bridging non-formal education stakeholders, labour market and decision makers in the field of employment’
  • 2005: European Youth Forum Position Paper on ‘Junior Erasmus’ (individual mobility of school students)
  • 2005: Policy paper on Recognition of non-formal education: Confirming the real competencies of young people in the knowledge society
  • 2004: Position Paper on the European Commission’s Communication on the ‘New Generation of Community Education and Training Programmes after 2006’
  • 2004: Youth Forum Position Paper on ‘The European Year of Education through Sports, 2004’
  • 2003: Policy Paper on Youth organisations as non-formal educators – recognising our role
  • 2002: European Youth Forum Position Paper on ‘Life-wide Learning for Active Citizenship’
  • 2002: European Youth Forum Response to The Commission Communication ‘Making a European Area of Lifelong Learning a Reality’
  • 2002: The future of education in Europe
  • 2002: The European Youth Forum Vision of Education in the Future
  • 2002: The Youth Forum Response to the Council Resolution on Lifelong Learning

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