Partnerships and recognition

PARTNERSHIPS AND RECOGNITION

The FEDE has developed partnerships with national and international institutions. These partnerships are based on important educational, policy-based, cultural, sociological and economic issues and are a key aspect of the FEDE’s quality assurance and its monitoring of social and educational developments.

UNESCO

UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It aims to promote peace through international cooperation in education, science and culture. UNESCO’s programmes play an important role in work towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in 2015.

The FEDE’s status: Since September 2020, the FEDE has been an official UNESCO partner and enjoys consultative status at the organisation.

Aim: The FEDE takes part in the strategic reflections, programmes, actions and events of this international organisation renowned for its crucial role in educational and cultural matters. Thanks to their official partnership, the FEDE and UNESCO can benefit from one another’s resources, skills and know-how, thereby increasing the visibility and impact of their activities. For UNESCO, the FEDE network’s 10,000 students and numerous teachers constitute a large pool of people potentially interested in its educational programmes and able to provide useful feedback.

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is an international entity belonging to the United Nations. It is a world reference on economic, social and environmental issues. Like UNESCO, ECOSOC plays an important role in working towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The FEDE’s status: The FEDE has been an official partner of ECOSOC since July 2021.

Aim: The special consultative status granted by ECOSOC’s Committee on NGOs provides the FEDE with access to the meetings of numerous ECOSOC subsidiary entities. This status marks a formal relationship between the UN and NGOs, allowing civil society to get involved in United Nations work. The FEDE may take part in numerous events; attend official meetings; submit written statements prior to sessions; make oral statements; and meet with government delegations, UN civil servants and the representatives of other NGOs.

The Council of Europe

The Council of Europe is an international institution to which international NGOs (INGOs) can apply for participatory status. The Council of Europe (CoE) has a long history of consulting INGOs, beginning with the introduction of a consultative status in 1952 for INGOs wishing to influence its work. In 2003, in recognition of the important role played by INGOs, the CoE decided to change this consultative status into participatory status, which is currently enjoyed by some 300 INGOs.

The FEDE’s status: The FEDE enjoyed consultative status from 1987 until 2003, when it obtained participatory status following the Council of Europe’s decision to change the status of its INGOs.

Aim: The FEDE is actively involved in the plenary sessions of the Conference of INGOs (CINGO) of the Council of Europe, which are held twice a year in Strasbourg. The FEDE’s Chairwoman Claude Vivier Le Got was Chairwoman of the Education and Culture Committee of the CINGO from June 2017 to April 2021. The FEDE maintains close connections with several specialised Council of Europe entities, with which it develops joint educational projects: GRECO, the CDPPE, the ETINED Platform and the Steering Committee for Promoting Academic Integrity in Education.

GRECO

The Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) is an entity founded by the Council of Europe in May 1999. It has 50 Member States, including 48 European countries, Kazakhstan and the United States. GRECO aims to improve the capacity of its Member States to combat all forms of corruption.

Action: In 2018-2019, the FEDE, in collaboration with GRECO, produced an educational programme dedicated to the fight against corruption and anti-corruption legislation. In September 2019, this awareness-raising course on corruption was included as an additional chapter in Unit A2 of the FEDE’s “European Culture and Citizenship” (ECC) module. Teaching resources were created to cover this new content (two thematic revision sheets and a corruption-focused chapter in the ECC e-book). From September 2019 to October 2021, almost 10,000 young learners across the FEDE’s network have had access to this innovative programme, which exemplifies successful cooperation between an NGO representing civil society and a Council of Europe entity.

CDPPE

The Steering Committee for Education Policy and Practice (CDPPE) oversees the Council of Europe’s education-related programmes and advises the Committee of Ministers on educational issues. In 2017, the FEDE’s Chairwoman was elected for a once-renewable two-year period to the Bureau of the CDPPE, on which she sat as representative of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe until October 2021.

The FEDE’s status: The FEDE has enjoyed observer status on the CDPPE since March 2021. Thanks to this status, it is able to conduct expert education-related work independently of its commitments within the Conference of INGOs. The FEDE was granted observer status in March 2021, with the unanimous support of the representatives of States Members of the CDPPE. Only 19 NGOs enjoy this status. Organisations with observer status make a precious contribution to the work of the CDPPE and ensure that the Committee hears the voices of other stakeholders in the education sector, such as students, teachers and educational institutions.

ETINED Platform

Ethics in education has, to various degrees, become an issue of global concern for all countries and at all levels of education. While certain forms of corruption can be difficult to spot or quantify, no country can claim that its education sector is completely free of this terrible phenomenon. Launched in 2015, the Council of Europe’s Platform on Ethics, Transparency and Integrity in Education (ETINED) is a network of specialists appointed by the Member States of the Council of Europe and aiming to promote discussion on best practice as to transparency and integrity in education. The Platform also develops guidelines on these subjects and strives to build the capacities of all stakeholders.

Action: The FEDE has been invited as an expert to ETINED Platform meetings since 2019. Through its regular participation, it is helping to build a culture of democracy and participation.

The Council of Europe’s Steering Committee of the Programme for Promoting Academic Integrity in Education

In 2020-2021, the COVID-19 pandemic had a serious impact on the higher education sector, leading to closures and the suspension of lessons and classroom teaching, along with a sudden switch to online learning. The promotion of integrity in education is essential for the credibility of higher educational institutions and helps to protect the quality of the qualifications awarded to students. It is for this reason that the Council of Europe’s Education Service launched its programme on academic integrity, which aims to identify, publicly acknowledge and disseminate integrity-promotion practices across Europe.

The FEDE’s status: The FEDE has sat on the Steering Committee since its creation in April 2021. In addition to providing the Committee with its expertise, the FEDE relays the Committee’s call for applications, launched to identify the best examples of academic integrity in education, to its large network of member institutions.

OIF - International Organisation of La Francophonie

The OIF is composed of 88 states and governments (54 full members, seven associate members and 27 observers), together representing over a third of UN Member States. France supports the actions of the OIF on educational matters, higher education, and research. The OIF works to promote the French language and to support programmes promoting all forms of French-speaking culture.

The FEDE’s status: The FEDE has enjoyed consultative status since July 2018 and is a member of the OIF’s Conference of INGOs.

Aim: Consultative status at the OIF enables the FEDE to contribute to the organisation’s policy directions, to share its expertise, and to take part in the exchange of best practices. In addition, the partnership helps to increase the visibility of the OIF’s achievements and initiatives among the FEDE’s network of partners, learners and higher and professional member institutions. By regularly organising teacher training across its international network, the FEDE also helps to develop the OIF’s activities by strengthening the capacity of French-speaking teachers.

European Commission

The European Commission’s Pact for Skills

In November 2020, the European Commission launched its Pact for Skills in order to mobilise European actors to invest in skills. The aim is to encourage stakeholders to commit to upskilling and reskilling people of working age and to pool their efforts through partnerships. All those who join the Pact sign a charter and benefit from the support of the EU through platforms providing networking opportunities, knowledge, guidance and resources.

Action: The FEDE joined the Pact for Skills in March 2021 in order to step up its activities with the European institutions based in Brussels. The FEDE is always keen to build closer relations with European professional associations. In joining the Pact, the FEDE hopes to initiate shared actions that will help to match up the FEDE’s educational programmes with the skills needed by companies operating in various sectors (for example, agriculture and telecommunications).

Sector-specific partnerships are short-term or permanent partnerships between the FEDE and various clubs and associations, national or international NGOs and professional federations. They focus on more specific or technical areas. These partnerships allow the FEDE to carry out swift action on the ground. They help to promote educational networking in various regions, to develop innovation and to improve the employment prospects of FEDE graduates.

The Geopa-Copa and FNSEA federations in the agricultural sector

The Employers’ Group of Professional Agricultural Organisations (Geopa-Copa) is a European federation representing the agriculture sector. It is recognised by the European institutions. The FNSEA (Fédération Nationale des Syndicats d’Exploitants Agricoles), meanwhile, is France’s main agriculture-sector professional organisation and the French member of Geopa-Copa.

Action: Cooperation between the FEDE, Geopa-Copa and the FNSEA focuses on the skills needed to find a job in agriculture. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on 21 October 2021 in Malmö, Sweden. The main goal of this FEDE/Geopa-Copa partnership is to create synergies between FEDE member institutions active in the agriculture sector and companies and agricultural holdings, thereby helping to ensure a good fit between the FEDE’s educational programmes and the skills needed in the sector.

Cercle Richelieu Senghor

The Cercle Richelieu Senghor is a discussion club that aims to promote French-speaking culture, intercultural dialogue and openness to linguistic diversity. It strives to contribute to debates on these topics and to find new ways forward thanks to its dinner debates with VIPs, which address a range of topics relating to French-speaking culture from a geopolitical, social, economic, linguistic or cultural perspective. In 2018, the club’s board of directors unanimously accepted the FEDE’s membership request.

Action: The FEDE regularly participates in events organised by the Cercle: its dinner debates, general assembly, and Richelieu Senghor Prize ceremony.

WCLLL

Founded in 2005 by a team of various teaching-related professionals, the World Committee for Lifelong Learning (WCLLL)is a French association that strives to promote a learning culture – understood as the possibility for everyone to learn and develop their potential. The WCLLL addresses all aspects of the life of societies: cultural, civic, academic, social and voluntary, economic and institutional.

Action: The FEDE has been a member of the WCLLL since 2013 and plays a role in improving professional training and access to lifelong learning. Since 2008 the WCLLL has organised world forums on topics relating to learning; the most recent, at which the FEDE was an active participant, was held in Brussels in July 2021 and was entitled ‘Towards Sustainable Personal and Professional Flourishing in the New World Context’.

FEEF

The Fédération des Entreprises et des Entrepreneurs de France (FEEF) is an important French professional federation with over 900 member businesses. It represents regional SMEs that supply food and non-food products to distributors.

Action: Through an agreement signed in 2018, the FEEF and the FEDE have demonstrated their commitment to the training of young people and have strengthened links between businesses and the FEDE’s international network of graduates. The FEEF officially recognises the professional quality of the FEDE’s European degrees in business management. This strategic partnership is intended as a careers springboard for FEDE graduates. It improves their job prospects and facilitates connections between FEDE members and FEEF-member businesses.

FNIH

Founded in 1962, the Fédération Nationale de l’Industrie Hôtelière (FNIH) is composed of the 12 regional associations representing the hotel industry (the ARIH) and hotel chains that run 3600 accommodation sites across Morocco. The FNIH aims to promote the interests of hotels: it represents them before the public authorities, provides them with information and advice, and offers assistance with administrative procedures. Working in partnership with its members, the FNIH plays a role in staff training, tourist health and safety, the management of hotel professions, and the promotion of tourism in Morocco.

Action: Through an agreement signed in 2019, the FNIH recognises the relevance and quality of the FEDE’s educational programmes and degrees targeting the hospitality sector: the Foundation Degree in Tourism and Hospitality, the European Bachelor’s in Tourism and Hospitality, the European Bachelor’s in Spa Business Management, and the European Master’s in Tourism: Management and Strategy. The FNIH-FEDE partnership also promotes the development of the hospitality and tourism industries in Morocco, which constitute the country’s second-largest job provider and contributor to GDP.

EduQua

Founded in the 2000s by the Swiss Federation for Adult Learning (FSEA), the eduQua label is designed to meet the needs of the job market and help recruiters identify the most appropriate training organisations. The label certifies the quality of training institutions on the basis of six criteria: the programmes offered, their quality, the information made available, the quality of the teachers, the quality assurance system, and the orientations of the institution.

The eduQua label guarantees the quality of an institution and constitutes a real asset for young professionals looking for a job. In 2018, the FSEA awarded the FEDE this certificate of excellence that is the eduQua label. Since 2019, the FEDE has obtained renewal of the label annually; particular attention has been drawn to the FEDE’s impartial examinations.

France Compétences

France Compétences, a French government agency established by a law of 5 September 2008, has managed the RNCP (Répertoire National des Certifications Professionnelles) and RS (Répertoire Spécifique (RS) – national lists of state-recognised training programmes – since 1 January 2019. France Compétences was set up in order to improve the efficacy of the professional training and apprenticeship market. It has three main objectives: financing the professional training and apprenticeship system in an optimal and enduring way;

regulating the market by encouraging the identification of skills needs and advancing economic and teaching models; and improving transparency and synergies between professional training and apprenticeship actors. As part of its work, France Compétences studies requests for registration in the RNCP and RS according to the criteria laid down in a decree of 18 December 2018 concerning the conditions for registering professional qualifications, certificates and accreditations in the national lists. The FEDE’s Examinations Centre currently offers several qualifications registered in the RNCP and RS.

Romanian Ministry of Education

Since December 2019, the Romanian Ministry of Education has officially recognised the FEDE’s Modern Language Certificate and accepts obtention of the certificate in lieu of its baccalaureate-level language exam. The FEDE Certificate is now included in Romania’s official list of international examinations recognised for levels B1, B2 and C1 in the six modern European languages offered by the FEDE: English, German, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese.

Consequently, high-school students in Romania can present a FEDE Language Certificate instead of taking the international language tests that form part of their baccalaureate (high school leaving diploma) requirements.

Institut national de Diplomatie et des Relations internationales (INDRI), Cambodia

Founded in 2016, the INDRI is affiliated with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia. It trains diplomats and aims to become the country’s centre of excellence for diplomatic training and its key forum for reflection on international affairs. As part of its foreign-language training, the INDRI signed a memorandum of understanding with the FEDE on 23 September 2021.

This agreement provides the INDRI with the status of FEDE-affiliated language centre, allowing it to offer courses training learners for the FEDE Certificate in all six European languages on offer: English, German, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese.

ALTE

Founded in 1989 by the University of Cambridge and the University of Salamanca, ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe) is a British INGO made up of Europe’s language-certification bodies. This official network promotes accurate testing of language skills in Europe and beyond. The FEDE has been an ALTE institutional affiliate since 2019.

It collaborates on ALTE projects and benefits from its linguistic expertise, which constitutes a guarantee of quality. The FEDE offers a Modern European Language Certificate that assesses the four oral and written comprehension and expression skills used in language testing. It provides proof of modern language skills as well as the ability to use a foreign language effectively in key workplace situations.

IFEF

Having assembled in Dakar 2014 for the 15th Summit of the International Organisation of La Francophonie, the heads of state and government of the OIF’s Member States decided to equip the organisation with a tool to support countries in their efforts to improve their educational systems: the Institut de la Francophonie pour l’Education et la Formation (IFEF). Based in Dakar, the IFEF organises cooperation programmes in the education sector, prioritising basic and vocational and technical education.

The IFEF builds the capacity of OIF Members States and its partners to improve the quality of teaching programmes in French. It also organises capacity-building activities for teachers and supervisory, administrative and managerial staff working in the education sector. In November 2018, a partnership agreement signed between the FEDE and the IFEF officially recognised the quality of the FEDE’s French Language Certificate.