What is non-formal education?

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I cannot live blog our ISO meeting for confidentiality reasons but I can provide you with discussion topics that we’ve talked about today after hours of deliberation. Why the number of hours? Because of the many countries that is represented.

This is the quick info on rigor of getting any information to ISO. (1) countries are asked to contribute to a standard that will be built (examples of what you may be familiar with ISO 9000 or ISO 10015) (2) before the countries can provide their input, they have to ask their country reps – country reps can be organisations or associations of organisations – meetings abound before any agreed upon information is provided (3) once countries bring in information to the ISO table, they now has this out with other countries (4) then we craft wording and then we agree on it.

So a North American definition between what is formal, informal and non-formal education would be different from the French perspective for example. So we look for commonalities and start from that discussion to see how far we can get with a particular line of thinking considering important data and research to back up our comments, arguments, discussions.

Today this is what you can bring to your own organisation as we’ve agreed upon (not yet official since this is an early stage discussion) Non-formal education means learner who is 16+* education excluding secondary, higher education and recognized bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

*(individuals age)

Do you agree with this definition? Yes, No, Why or Why not?

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