Making VPL the core mechanism of a quality lifelong learning system
Madhu Singh, PhD
Senior Programme Specialist, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL)
The presentation aims to discuss and debate the organization of VPL at national, regional and local levels in relation to the creation of a lifelong learning system of quality.
Assuring lifelong learning involves a systems approach to continuously improving quality at all levels – macro, meso and micro - including the quality components of structures, processes and outcomes/results, and the integration of efficiency, effectiveness, relevance and equity.
Using evidence from UIL’s Global Observatory of Recognition, Validation and Accreditation of Non-formal and Informal Learning, it will elaborate on countries’ use of various organizational elements at the macro, meso and micro levels that have a bearing on monitoring and evaluating VPL’s contribution to a holistic and quality lifelong learning system.
Ms Madhu Singh
Madhu Singh is Senior Programme Specialist at the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) Hamburg. As part of UIL’s Lifelong Learning Policies and Strategies (LLPS) programme, she is currently coordinating UIL’s contribution to the Global Inventory of Regional and National Qualifications Frameworks (NQFs) and also responsible for UIL’s Global Observatory of Recognition, Validation and Accreditation of Non-formal and Informal learning. Her other areas of work are VET and workplace learning for sustainable development. Madhu Singh has recently completed a study on recognizing non-formal learning and competences of Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt. She is also doing a comparative study in 7 Asian countries on recognizing green skills in small and micro enterprises.