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.