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UIL launches online course Skillsets in Transit: Recognition, validation and accreditation of prior learning for migrants and refugees.

11 August 2023


On 19 June 2023, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL)  launched a new capacity-building course, entitled Skillsets in Transit, on ensuring recognition, validation and accreditation (RVA) of prior learning for all, with a focus on migrants and refugees. 

The most recent Global Trends data published by the UNHCR show that global displacement continues to rise. At the end of 2022, 108.4 million persons were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations or serious public order disturbances – 35.3 million of them refugees, 62.5 million of them internally displaced people. Establishing mechanisms to recognize the prior skills and competences of migrants, refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) is therefore key for securing a sustainable future for all. 

Opening the course, Borhene Chakroun, Director a.i. of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, said: “Recognition, validation and accreditation (RVA) of prior learning for migrants and refugees plays a key role in today's world. It serves as a powerful tool for promoting lifelong learning and the pursuit of flexible learning pathways, as well as fostering social and professional inclusion. The development of robust and inclusive RVA systems will become increasingly important as countries respond to key global trends such as the climate crisis, changing labour-market needs, demographic shifts, and digitalization.”

Through a blend of independent learning, engagement with expert speakers and interactive activities, the Skillsets in Transit course seeks to support key stakeholders across UNESCO Member States in building the knowledge and skills to develop and implement inclusive RVA through the lens of lifelong learning.

Over the next three weeks, learners will cover a number of key success factors that can contribute to inclusive RVA. To complement self-study, live sessions will bring participants together to discuss and reflect on each week’s learning content.

The course will culminate in learners submitting a final policy brief that will share their plans to advance RVA in their respective country contexts moving forward.

 To find out more about the course, and if you wish to register, please access the concept note here.


About UIL’s Project on RVA and Flexible Learning Pathways, with a focus on migrants and refugees

The project supports UNESCO Member States in building RVA systems, processes and mechanisms that are inclusive of all groups, including people on the move. Through the development of research and practical tools, it addresses obstacles that can prevent refugees and migrants from getting their prior learning recognized, ranging from a lack of formal documentation to cultural barriers. In short, the project aims to promote the use of RVA as a tool for inclusion, in economic, social and cultural arenas that may otherwise be closed off to members of such groups.