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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: 31 March 2021
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  1. Information providers / counselling structures
  2. Awareness raising initiatives

Information providers / counselling structures

In the initial Plan of action of the Youth Strategy 2020 (Plan de acción de la Estrategia Juventud 2020)[1], and as regards to the Axis of Education and Training, promoting non-formal and informal education was one of the main objectives of the Plan and was therefore among the main actions. In order to accomplish this goal, the main entity in charge of providing information related to non-formal and informal learning is the Youth Institute (INJUVE), affiliated to the Ministry of Social Rights and 2030 Agenda (Ministerio de Derechos Sociales y Agenda 2030).

Moreover, INJUVE has also the responsability of coordinating the Network of Youth Information Centers (Red de Centros de Información Juvenil) by setting its common objectives and collaborating with the different regional and local centers. Finally, the INJUVE has also created an online search engine in order to facilitate the contact of the youngsters with their nearest center of information.

In February 2017, the result of the  Interterritorial Youth Council’s meeting[2], announced the preparation of the second Plan of action of the Youth Strategy 2020 (Estrategia Juventud 2020); within the established priorities is the recognition of non-formal and informal education (reconocimiento de la educación no formal).

Awareness raising initiatives

As previously stated, promoting non-formal and informal learning and youth work is also one of the tasks of the INJUVE[3], which disseminates information and publications on youth work and non formal learning[4].

One of the main iniciatives in order to raise awareness in this matter is the University of Youth and Development, which last annual edition took place in 2019 due to the pandemic situation. This event is hosted and organised by INJUVE and an affiliated entity, the Eurolatinamerican Center for Youth (CEULAJ), and supported by national and international actors, such as the European Youth Forum. The goal of this activity is to give the participants the necessary tools for becoming active citizens by informal and non-formal learning methods.

The figure of the Youth worker in Spain is not as incipient as its recognition. Of great importance in the area of promoting non-formal and informal learning is derived from youth work and volunteering, some initiatives are trying to make their role known locally and regionally [5].

[1] Approved in September 2014 for the period 2014-2020.

[2] The Interterritorial Youth Council is composed of the General Director of the INJUVE and the directors of the Autonomous Communities’ Youth Organizations.

[3] On youth and non-formal education in Spain, see: Monograph on non-formal education, Journal of Youth Studies of the Observatory of Youth in Spain (INJUVE). (Monográfico sobre Educación no formal, Revista de Estudios de Juventud del Observatorio de la Juventud en España (INJUVE).

[4]Youth work and non-formal education in the field of European education (El trabajador juvenil. El reconocimiento de competencias en el voluntariado).

[5]The youth worker. Recognition of skills in volunteering.