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2. Voluntary Activities

2.10 Current debates and reforms

Last update: 28 November 2023
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  1. Forthcoming policy developments
  2. Ongoing debates

Forthcoming policy developments

As mentioned in Youth Wiki/Finland 2.9 Skills recognition, the Digital Competence Disk has been developed by the Youth Work Centre of Expertise Kentauri for the ´studification’ of the accumulated competences gained through some hobbies and volunteering. This means that these can be recognised as credit in some specific studies leading to a qualification. In 2023, a search engine (available in Finnish) that finds matches between spare-time courses and studies leading to a qualification was opened. On the webpages of the Digital Competence Disk, it is outlined that ´the education provider is responsible for the identification and recognition of prior learning. Versatile recognition of prior learning helps avoid unnecessary overlaps in education and the assessment of competence. This will also help the student earn their degree faster.’ The service is funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Ongoing debates

A new phenomenon regarding volunteering and municipalities, is that the municipalities are welcomed to offer access to Commu to their residents. Commu is a free mobile application intended to help broaden the number of voluntary activities in neighborhoods.  Commu is a startup founded by three young entrepreneurs.