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EACEA National Policies Platform


6. Education and Training

6.9 Awareness-raising about non-formal and informal learning and quality youth work

Last update: 28 November 2023

Information providers / counselling structures

Lisbon Youth Centre| CJL

The Lisbon Youth Centre (CJL) is a space that promotes the development of activities in the framework of non-formal education, information for young people and international cooperation.

CJL is coordinated by the Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth (IPDJ, I.P.) and it is intended for young people, youth and students associations, entities that work for and with young people at the national and international level.

Among other things, CJL proposes to develop quality standards for the work with young people, offering also a space for promoting projects and diverse information about youth.


"EUROPE GOES LOCAL - Support for Youth Work at the Municipal Level"

A partnership between 21 National Agencies of the Eramus+ Programme of the youth sector that aims to improve the quality of work with young people through a project of long-term cooperation "EUROPE GOES LOCAL - Support for Youth Work at the Municipal Level".

Among other things, this initiative proposes to empower the participants to prepare, implement and evaluate training and information activities through methodologies based on Non-formal Education, and promotion of its values and principles.

Also, it intends to promote the development of key competencies for non-formal education trainers (teamwork, evaluation, self-analysis, design of the session, feedback, among other technical aspects, such as presentation and briefing techniques)

It is targeted at youth technicians of municipalities and bodies directly involved in the design and implementation of youth policies at the local level; and trainers that want to develop training modules in the field of non-formal education.


IPDJ Multi-channel network

The IPDJ, I.P. services network consists of a multi-channel logic that encompasses the Youth Portal; Youth Helpline  and "Ponto Já" Stores, and that provides information about the different measures and programmes aimed at young people.

Also offers a IPDJ Roadmap, I.P., with information about programmes, services and entities that are within the IPDJ's area of intervention.


Awareness raising initiatives

The Youth Development Academy (ADJ) is an initiative that aims to promote Non-formal Education through networks of cooperation and training, where the exchange of information and experiences is practiced.  The IPDJ, I.P., National Youth Council and the National Erasmus+ Agency Youth in Action are the coordinating entities.

On an annual basis - the 1st edition took place in 2015 - the Youth Development Academy is intended for young people, youth technicians and leaders of associations in the youth field.  Its purposes are:

  • developing a space for empowerment and training of youth technicians, youth organisations and young leaders;
  • promoting the exchange of good practices between youth organisations and institutions that develop their work with and on behalf of young people;
  • promoting and developing non-formal education, contributing to its recognition and validation.

Training activities have been developed to empower local agents in the youth field for the use of Non-formal Education methodologies.

Qualifica Programme

Under the launch of the Qualifica Programme, Qualifica Passport and the expansion of Qualifica Centres that develop  RVCC processes, a number of initiatives and awareness-raising advertising campaigns have been developed to highlight the importance of the qualification of young people and adults, in particular the recognition, validation and certification of their formal, non-formal and informal competencies.  In this sense, the importance that competencies acquired throughout life, through contexts of non-formal and informal education, have in the qualification for a successful integration into the labour market has been strengthened.