On validation at the VPL Biennale in Berlin

At the beginning of May, the third edition of the international VPL (Validation of Prior Learning) Biennale was held in Berlin. At the meeting of the European Qualifications Framework Advisory Group, organised on the occasion of the Biennale, Iwona Gmaj representing IBE and Maciej Lasota, an Advisory Group member from the Ministry of National Education, presented a report on the validation solutions used in Poland.

The VPL Biennale is the largest conference in Europe on the validation of non-formal and informal learning. It took place this year on May 7 and 8 in the German capital. During the two-day event, 33 experts from around the world shared their experiences and good practices in validating previously acquired knowledge. During the Biennale, the Berlin Declaration on the Validation of Prior Learning was also adopted, which is intended as a document defining the direction of policy development in the field of validation. Many experts, stakeholders, politicians and representatives of the public sector from 40 countries were involved in its development.

An enthusiastic reception for the Polish team

The day before the Biennale, on Monday, May 6, a meeting of the European Qualifications Framework Advisory Group was held. This group was established to support the European Commission in implementing qualifications frameworks as a policy instrument for lifelong learning. IBE representatives presented a report to this international body on the implementation of solutions in Poland for the validation of non-formal and informal learning. The report discusses the Integrated Qualifications System and the effects of Poland’s education reforms, which provide new opportunities for confirming learning outcomes. The presentation by the Polish team was received with much enthusiasm and was widely commented on by the international group of experts.