Extraordinary Meeting of the Lisbon Recognition Convention Committee
LEPL – National Center of Educational Quality Enhancement participated in Extraordinary Meeting of the Lisbon Recognition Convention Committee, held on November, 13-14, 2017 in Strasbourg, France, organized by the European Commission and UNESCO.
The main topic of the meeting was discussing and approving the Recommendations on Recognition of Qualifications held by Refugees. The participants had also the opportunity to get the information about the Danish experience on recognition of Qualifications held by refugees.
The Lisbon recognition Convention was adopted in 1997 and was ratified in 1999 in Georgia. The section VII of the convention obliges the countries to take all feasible and reasonable steps within the framework of its education system and in conformity with its constitutional, legal, and regulatory provisions to develop procedures designed to assess fairly and expeditiously whether refugees, displaced persons and persons in a refugee-like situation fulfil the relevant requirements for access to higher education, to further higher education programmes or to employment activities, even in cases in which the qualifications obtained in one of the Parties cannot be proven through documentary evidence.
According to this regulation the recognition of education held by refugees should be possible even in the cases of undocumented qualifications. For the purposes of promoting the further educational activities of refugees and their access to labor market there must be special procedures placed for recognition of qualifications held by refugees.
The Countries have to implement the Section 7 of Lisbon Recognition Convention until the end of 2018. The Lisbon Recognition Convention Committee will start the revision of implementation from the beginning of 2019.