By Carlos Ribeiro. It was a real celebration with music and performances. Hundreds of adults with diplomas crossed the Le Phare stage at Tournefeuille, in the outskirts of Toulouse, confirming that it was well worth the effort they had made to terminate the RVA - Recognition, Validation and Accreditation of Non-formal and Informal Learning  process. Recognition and validation of skills in France is on the right track.
About 800 adults from the Midi- Pyrenees region attended the public ceremony in the South of France on 19th May of this year to celebrate the Victories of the RVA. Similar sessions took place in the past in different emblematic places of the city sung by Claude Nougaro. But never communication and institutional pomp and circumstance of 2014. It included testimonies, round tables, debates, interviews, popular music, jazz and an enthusiastic mingling of adults with diplomas, teachers, guidance technicians, multidisciplinary experts, elected leaders from the Region, scholars and heads of local institutions.
Challenging Paths
Since Jean Luc Guitard left France in search of better economic and social conditions, the question of diplomas always seemed to crop up. In England, he was asked for experience and discernment for duties performed at his new job. Informality dominated this phase of his career but when he arrived in Canada, he had to formally prove his skills to be eligible for high positions, which led to the launching of a RVA process in France to be able to pursue his career. During this process, he was not hindered by obstacles still existing in the French system, which finds it difficult to deal with erratic career paths outside the tricolor system. International mobility calls for systems to validate and recognize skills that need to be adjusted to the pace and needs of these new professional paths and profiles worldwide. This is also evident in the case of the former Yugoslavian athlete, Daniela Petkovic, who was continuously promoted over the years in French handball until she reached the position of Federal technical director of the Midi-Pyrenees Professional League. She could only maintain these positions through completing a particularly demanding higher level RVA process and achieving a theoretical and technical diploma from her country of origin, which was unfortunately not recognized in France. Now she trains other trainers and considers her RVA of crucial importance in the world of international sports.
International RVA required!
The person responsible in France for the RVA national system at the Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research, Norbet Jaouen, set the theme at the Round Table that took place after the presentation of testimonials by saying that the most intelligent way to promote RVA internationally is through its strategic connection with businesses. It is companies that value operating relationships between skills desired for a job and those designed and developed in other economic and social contexts by job candidates. Jaouen defended a relationship between RVA systems in countries with strong economic connections in this promising international cooperation framework. This opinion was shared by others participating in the Round Table strongly representing the motto of the encounter in Toulouse “RVA without borders” , Pierre-Alain Besançon and Patrick Rywalsky from Switzerland and Carlos Ribeiro from Portugal.
Parade and Jazz
At the end of the session, hundreds of adults paraded on the central stage to receive a Trophy from the Region’s elected leaders and heads of institutions. The seminar ended with a concert by a group of young jazz musicians from schools linked to the famous “Jazz in Marciac” Festival. More...