First press release of VINA (Validating Informal and Non-formal Acquired Skills)


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31 March 2017


 VINA (Validating Informal and Non-formal Acquired Skills)

a EU co-funded project about skills validation in Adult Education

EURO, an Italian Research Centre, Promotion and EU Initiative, along with partner organisations from UK (European Learning Network Ltd), Czech Republic (Evropská rozvojová agentura s.r.o.), Greece (K Poulopoulos E.P.E.) and Poland (Fundacja Instytut Rownowagi Spoleczno Ekonomicznej) has been successful in gaining Erasmus+ funding for this interesting and important project for the Adult Education sector across Europe.

Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain experience, and volunteer abroad. The VINA project is approved under Key Action 2 – Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices – of the programme Erasmus+ managed by the Italian National Agency Erasmus Plus Indire.

VINA (Validating Informal and Non-formal Acquired Skills) project is aimed at educators, assessors, lecturers and other main users who need to update competences and skills of adults in the informal and non-formal sector to match the needs of the 21st century. The project consortium will develop:

  • a database of Instruments for Validating Informal and Non- Formal Learning;
  • a Recognition Opportunities Tendency Analyser (R.O.T.A.)

By involving external partners, adult colleges, assessors, lecturers, public sector institutions, trainers, teachers and the wider community, the 5 partners will, through thorough research, create a database and an easy-to-use online validation tool. Both will be available as an Open Resource.

More information about the project can be found at



Project Coordinator: EURO

Viale dell’Olimpo n° 30a – 90147 Palermo (Italy)

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Dissemination Coordinator: European Learning Network Ltd

152 City Road, London EC1V 2NX – UK

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“This project has been co-funded with support from the European Commission.

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