Non-Formal Education is problematic in how it is defined because it is not defined by what non-formal education is. It is typically defined within an education spectrum that incorporates how it relates to formal education and Informal learning.
Formal education encompasses primary, secondary, tertiary education, including vocational and university education that culminate in the achievement of a recognised certification, diploma, degree or professional qualification.
Informal learning occurs whether or not there is a deliberate choice and is realised in the performance of activities in everyday situations and interactions that take place. It is without external support and is not institutionalised and occurs within the context of work, family and leisure.
Non-formal education and learning is characterised by a deliberate engagement of a person, in any organisation which provides purposeful education and training, even volunteering, civil service, private social service and in enterprises. Non–formal education is any type of structured and organised learning which is intentional and planned by an educational provider, but which does not lead to formal qualifications recognised by the relevant national education authorities.
Non-Formal Education is highly valued by the directors of Ascendimo and they support this website and other non-formal education initiatives because they have experienced how it can:
Activate career opportunities
Be recognised within formal education
Contribute to stronger communities
Develop personal learning and growth via alternate pathways
Enable the progression and growth of organisations