On the fifth of September, the Yper Museum won the first BADGES Award with their project ‘Stoeten doen ontmoeten’.
An informal learning project that unites children and their local culture. Congratulations!



BADGES for quality learning approaches and validation of non-formal
learning in cultural and heritage contexts.

What is BADGES?

BADGES has developed a framework to shape attractive competence-oriented learning in heritage institutions. BADGES offers heritage sites, museums and cultural organisations a smart methodology and useful tools to stimulate and validate their visitor’s learning.


Because learning happens everywhere. People visiting heritage sites or experiencing a heritage context may acquire competences. Many of such learning results often remain invisible and unnoticed, and eventually they fade out.

Who and how?

BADGES validates the competences adults acquire with digital or non-digital badges. By making the learning outputs visible and noticeable for others, the learning process appears to last longer, be more effective and are more easily shared with others.

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