The “Second Chance“ – Systemic Development of Elementary Practice Based Adult Education in Serbia

The “Second Chance“ – Systemic Development of Elementary Practice Based Adult Education in Serbia

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The European Union granted 4 million euros for the “Second Chance” Project of the Ministry of Education and Science to be implemented in Serbia.

Every modern society faces a great responsibility of providing its population through education with the necessary life skills and social competencies that enable people to find employment and lead meaningful and rewarding lives. However, some people fail to make use of such benefits when they first appear and need to be given a second chance later on as adults.

The “Second Chance” will pilot a concept of the Functional Elementary Education for Adults (FEEA) involving 4000 participants during two school years (Sept-Jun 2011/2012 and Sept-Jun 2012/2013). The education programme is intended for adults above 15 years of age with incomplete elementary education or without vocational qualifications, priority being given to socially vulnerable target groups.

The curriculum will be organized in 3 cycles, each lasting one school year: the first cycle (I-IV grades), the second cycle (V-VI grades), and the third cycle (VII-VIII grades and training for 30 vocational profiles). All those who successfully complete the FEEA curriculum will receive an elementary school diploma and a certificate on vocational competence. Adding knowledge to their life experience, participants and their families will get a second chance to live a better life.

The FEEA concept will be piloted by 80 elementary school teams (directors, teachers, psychologists, and pedagogical assistants) and 75 teams in secondary vocational schools. More than 1000 teachers will have been trained in delivering curriculum for adults by 50 teacher-trainers.

In order to achieve the defined results, national and local partnerships will be established with all FEEA stakeholders such as: Ministry of Education, Ministry of Economy and Regional Development, other relevant ministries, Institute for Education Quality and Evaluation, Institute for Improvement of Education, National Employment Service, Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities, NGOs, employers, centers for social work, etc .

The results of the pilot are intended to allow for the FEEA concept to turn into a systemic solution within the Serbian education system.

Expected results and outcomes

Result 1. FEEA concept developed
Concept of the 3-cycle FEEA, and the methodology for its monitoring and evaluation developed;
proposal for legislative procedures enabling sustainability of FEEA elaborated

Result 2. FEEA curriculum designed and tested
The curriculum for the three cycles of FEEA developed, tested, and revised (including 30 vocational profiles);
Teaching and learning materials and handbooks designed and published

Result 3. Human resource capacity for FEEA implementation strengthened
Established 80 local partnerships and elementary school teams and 75 secondary vocational school teams, 50 teacher-trainers and over 1000 teachers built their competencies to support 4000 participants

Result 4. Public awareness on FEEA strengthened
Public awareness about the meaning and importance of the FEEA concept for the society as a whole increased;
Wide range of communication activities implemented both nationally and locally

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