10.6 Recognition and validation of skills acquired through youth work
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As Latvia at the moment does not have a formal system for the recognition of competences, two EU proposed tool's - Youthpass un Europass, are usually used.
On 6 July 2007, the commission of the program "Youth in Action" has approved Youthpass (Youth Passport) implementation. Youthpass is an initiative of SALTO Resource Centre, which main task is to develop a Europe-wide recognition of a document that facilitates the awareness and recognition of the skills and knowledge acquired within the EU's non-formal education program "Youth in Action".
Youthpass certificates are currently available for all the participants of the submitted projects of youth exchange and training courses, as well as the participants of Volunteering projects. The project implementers are obliged to inform the involved participants of the project about their rights to obtain Youthpass, as well as provide Youthpass issuance for each participant requesting it.
Youthpass projects may help young people to analyse their learning process and results. Agency for International Programs for Youth implemented its various training provides information on Youthpass (the use of the learning process in the organization of projects, eight core competencies, Youthpass significance, etc.). Latvian young people's interest in obtaining this certification is increasing each year.
In 2019 almost 20,000 project participants have received Youthpass certificates in Latvia since the introduction of Youthpass. Under the program "Youth in Action" (2007 to 2013) in Latvia under 8700 certificates were issued.
The Key Competencies evaluated are:
- Multilingual competence
- Personal, social, and learning to learn competence
- Citizenship competence
- Entrepreneurship competence
- Cultural awareness and expression competence
- Digital competence
- Mathematical competence and competence in science, technology, and engineering
- Literacy competence