Recognition, validation and accreditation (RVA) of basic education for youth and adults as a foundation for lifelong learning
Lifelong learning has recently been adopted as the guiding principle to frame the contribution of education to sustainable development for 2030. Indeed, current proposals for Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 suggest a specific goal to ‘Ensure equitable and inclusive quality education and lifelong learning for all by 2030’ (Goal 4). Systems of Recognition, Validation and Accreditation that allow for the establishment of multiple and flexible pathways are central components required to operationalize such lifelong learning systems.
While many countries have adopted policies or strategies guided by the lifelong learning vision, there is indication of gaps between policy and practice because of non-existence or inadequate/ineffective establishment of operational RVA systems. Furthermore, even when RVA systems are implemented and appear to work, they continue to exclude those most in need.