The project aimed at strengthening cooperation between non-governmental organisations and companies and ensuring better recognition of competences acquired in a non-formal setting through the technological standard of open badges. To strengthen cooperation, efforts were made to increase the value and reliability of open badges by creating a sustainable and effective ecosystem of competences acquired in a non-formal setting in Europe.
Open digital badge is a digital certificate that encrypts information related to the learning process, achievements or competences of the badge owner. It is an innovative digital tool to recognise learning and skills that are often too difficult to measure within the programme/process of non-formal education (soft skills, acquired attitudes, participation, personal hobbies, etc.). Each badge has important information built in on the achievement: name, description, criteria, the issuing body, evidence, the date of issuing and other additional information.
A person who earns a digital badge can share it on social media, attach it to their CVs and reliably present their achievements when entering a university, getting a job or participating in organisational activities.
A Youth Council badge system was developed especially for young people who are participating in youth care youth councils to support them in recognising skills and achievements of their membership. Badge earners are young people from youth councils between 12 and 18 years old. These young people are often familiar with digital tools. By using Youth Council badges young people will have a better understanding of what kind of activities they develop, organise and accomplish. This will in turn grow their self-esteem and help them to identify the scale of their achievements. Focussing on positive skills and experiences is important for this target group because there are many areas in their life that are not going as well for them.
For youth councils Open Badges will provide a much needed way of monitoring and demonstrating outputs and outcomes of the work they are doing. We believe that Open Badges give acknowledgement and recognition of the vital work youth councils do advocating for the rights and needs of young people in youth care on a local, regional and international level.
For many years, young people have being demonstrating how useful and important participation of young people is for advising management and carrying out research in youth care. The participation of youth councils in decision-making often has a positive impact on young people, changing their situations for the better. However, this good work is not always recognised or acknowledged by young people themselves, social workers or organisations.
The badge system is made up of three ‘levels’ of badges that unlock as young people progress through the system. At first people need to earn 1st level badges, unlocking 2nd and finally 3rd level badges. There are 27 badges in total across nine different competence areas:
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Trusted Badge Systems was an international project realised with the support of Erasmus+ funding and a group of partners from across Europe.