New Council of Europe Recommendation Underlines Importance of Non-Formal Education
At its meeting on 21 January 2015, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe highlighted the important role of non-formal education (such as the education provided by Scouting) when it adopted its Recommendation CM/Rec(2015)3.
The new recommendation addresses the question of "access of young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods to social rights" and recommends (amongst other) that governments of the Member States "recognise the role of non-formal education and youth work, and those who deliver them, notably youth workers and youth organisations, for the prevention of discrimination, violence and exclusion and the promotion of active citizenship in isadvantaged neighbourhoods and provide support for their development."
A series of measures is suggested to governments of Member States of the Council of Europe to ensure access to social rights for young people from diusadvataged neighbourhoods.
The text recognises and supports non-formal education and notes that "non-formal education and learning as well as youth work have again and again proven effective in helping young people to find approaches and solutions to overcome the disadvatage they experience and to become active and constructive contributors to the development of their communities and society as a whole."
It continues saying that "yet, youth work and non-formal educatio and learning as well as their providers, youth organisations and more generally youth workers tend to suffer from poor social and political recognition, and are often considered low-status professions."
Member States' authorities are invited to undertake "measures to increase the value of youth work and non-formal education and learning and to contribute to community development across Europe."
Read the full text of the document in English or French to find out more about this recommendation and suggested measures.
The Council of Europe currently has 47 Member States, of which 28 are also Member States of the European Union. Through volunteer representatives from its European Region, the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) is actively involved in the work of the Council of Europe and its Advisory Council on Youth.