Adult learning in Bosnia and Herzegovina
There is a growing consensus in Bosnia and Herzegovina that adult learning – used as a blanket term for adult education and continuing vocational training – is of great importance for the country’s socio-economic development. Several strategic frameworks guide the development of adult learning: the Sarajevo Declaration on Lifelong Learning and Adult Education; the VET Development Strategy 2007-2013; the Strategic Direction for Education 2008-15 and the Roma Decade, as well as developments deriving from the EU integration process.
The country’s National Report produced for CONFINTEA VI formed a basis for discussions on adult learning at the European Training Foundation (ETF) workshop “Vocational education and training reforms within a lifelong learning perspective in Bosnia and Herzegovina: what is at stake?”, held in Banja Vrućica on 26 October. Key national stakeholders reviewed recent achievements, challenges and opportunities in VET policy implementation, with a specific focus on adult learning.
There were contributions from Margareta Nikolovska, ETF country manager for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slavica Ivosevič, Director, VET Department and Daria Duilovič, Education Department of the Ministry of Civil Affairs. Jose-Manuel Galvin Arribas, ETF expert in Governance and Lifelong Learning, presented the EU perspective on adult education and training (2011-2020), while Madhu Singh from UIL spoke about adult learning policies internationally.