La vita e bella komplettLa VITA è bella!

2nd European Award for innovative practice and initiatives on validating competences in informal and non-formal learning in Europe


The PROVIDE team invites all educationalists to submit their innovative projects and activities in all educational fields (from school to higher education, vocational training, adult learning, youth, volunteering and mobility projects etc.) that promote the development of social, personal and organisational competences in an innovative way and include practical cases or at least ideas on how learning outcomes and competence developments within this specific competence area can be assessed and evidenced also beyond the walls of formal education.

Hence the VITA-prize is an award given to the most innovative and promising European initiatives and projects that

  • work in an innovative and novel fashion;
  • focus on integrating competence oriented learning in their learning contexts;
  • target also social, personal and organisational competences;
  • reflect on/consider ways of measuring and documenting learner’s development in relation to these competences;
  • promote understanding and awareness for the validation of informal and non-formal learning and highlight its value either for the individual (whose competences were validated) or
  • for the organisation (who validates competences).

When is the closing date?

The competition entries are to be presented by August 15th, 2015.

Who can participate?

The competition is targeted towards individuals, companies, training funds, professional groups, NGOs, VET schools, schools, universities, youth organisations, public authorities, institutions of LLL, civic society organisations, social partners, professionals and researchers.

Participants must live in one of the following countries: 28 Member States of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, and Turkey.

And the award goes to …

The contributions will be evaluated by an independent jury according to the following criteria:

  • Innovation: Original solutions to non-formal and informal learning problems and needs;
  • Validation: The way learning outcomes are assessed and evidenced;
  • Impact: Potential and actual effect on participants, learning context and the society in general;
  • Sustainability: Continuation of this innovation;
  • Transferability: Potential use of the innovation in other contexts.

The jury will select two projects per category: adult education, schools, VET, higher education, Youth in Action.

Award ceremony in Mechelen, Belgium

The ten winners will be invited to present their project at the conference which will be held on September 17th and 18th in the historical town of Mechelen in Belgium with an international audience.

The prize includes travel, accommodation and subsistence for a 2-day trip to Mechelen. All winners will get the opportunity to present their cases during the final conference and will benefit from a European wide dissemination in a specific newsletter and on our PROVIDE website.

How to participate?

Click here to find all details to submit your project.


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