Workshops "Laws and Regulation in the Field of Adult Education"

Workshop 1: Overview of the situation and needs analysis

Director of the Institute for Adult Education of Republic of Srpska, Mr Goran Zmijanjac reading the workshop material

Group work: Needs analysis

Workshop 2: Results of the analysis and defining recommendations

Group work: Discussing strengths and weaknesses and defining recommendations

By carefully listening to the needs of ministries of education in those administrative units that have regulated the field of adult education legally, but also in those who are still in the process of adoption of the law, and with the aim of improving the framework conditions for adult education, DVV International – Country Office B&H in 2018 organised two meetings/workshops on the topic „Laws and Regulation in the Field of Adult Education“.

Overall objective of the meetings was to improve implementation of the adult education system through a comprehensive analysis and understanding of adopted laws and regulation in different administrative units of B&H, their comparative analysis in the context of legal solutions and their practical application, in order to identify advantages and disadvantages, and agree on eventual needs for changes of legislation or procedures of their implementation.

The meetings were held on 25th and 26th of October in Tarčin and 22nd and 23rd of November in Jahorina, and the participants were legal associates and contact persons for adult education within the ministries of education from in total 11 administrative units of Bosnia and Herzegovina (9 cantons of Federation of B&H, Republic of Srpska, and District Brčko).

Based on the analysis of all existing laws and regulation, and their implementation and applicability in practice, eleven key recommendations for improvement of the field of adult education for the following period were defined, in which one suggests to the competent authorities that it is necessary to:

  1. Adopt adult education programmes based on the learning outcomes;
  2. Think about shortening of the duration of formal adult education programmes;
  3. Define lower limit (minimum) of number of participants differently for general education and professional/vocational subjects;
  4. Harmonise the terms of formal and non-formal programmes;
  5. Equalize the amount of the administrative fee for the process of assessing the working conditions of adult education providers, and the process of accreditation of programmes;
  6. Harmonise regulation on institutions who are eligible to realise formal adult education programmes, especially primary adult education;
  7. Add graphs and pictures of public documents, besides text description, in the regulation on public documents in adult education;
  8. Harmonise the process of printing, issuing and protecting of public documents;
  9. Harmonise adult education in all administrative units with the Principles and Standards in the Field of Adult Education;
  10. Strengthen cross-sectoral cooperation aimed at developing and assuring quality in adult education; and
  11. Initiate a revision of the Principles and Standards in the Field of Adult Education.

Participants of the second meeting, each for its administrative unit, also defined necessary steps by following the mentioned recommendations, whereby the realisation of all the steps defined is planned for the period December 2018 - December 2019.

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