Volunteers play an essential role within education and training organisations in the formal and non-formal systems. For instance, it is crucial to look at the role of volunteering to develop skills and competencies for personal, social and civic development as well as to look at ways of recognizing or validating them. Educational providers have also a specific role to play regarding volunteering in terms of guidance and training. The conference will tackle these issues notably during its four thematic workshops. It takes place during the European Year 2011 on Volunteering and aims to contribute to the debates by providing a specific insight on lifelong learning. Experts from the various sectors and levels of education and training will participate to share their experiences and will work on policy recommendations.
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