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Adult Education Scoiety became the member of Humanas Network

HumanaS logo CMYK mBelgrade, December 2015. At the annual meeting of the Association Humanas, with majority of votes it was decided that the Adult Education Society receives the call to join the Association. The Network “Humanas” is the largest national network of humanitarian organizations and associations dealing with elderly. It was established at the initiative of the Red Cross of Serbia in 2004, and it’s members are also: Gerontological Society of Serbia, Caritas, DFSPC Philanthropy, Amity, Victoria, Swallow, Society for care of the elderly, the National Foundation for Humane Old Age, University of the Third Age, Circle of Serbian Sisters, Bread of Life, Association of pensioners… Given that lifelong learning is essential for a healthy and active aging Adult Education Society will make a significant contribution to the Network by providing expertise in the area of adult learning, and disseminate relevant information in this field at the European and global level. On the other hand, admission to the Network Humanas is the best confirmation for fifteen years of studious work in the field of third age learning, but also a huge responsibility in the future of the Society.

Conference “Building Bridges in Adult Education”

mostoviLjubljana, December 2015. Slovenian Institute for Adult Education in cooperation with the Slovenian Andragogical Association, Association of Providers in Education and Centre of the Republic of Slovenia for Mobility and European Education Programs organized in Ljubljana in the period 7-8.12.2015 a regional conference “Building Bridges in Adult Education”. Adult Education Society (AES) as a contact organization from Serbia was invited to bring together relevant partners in Serbia and organize their arrival. Apart representative of AES Serbian delegation consisted of representatives of Group of Andragogy, Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, Serbian Association of Andragogists and Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatian, Kosovo and Macedonia, also sent delegations with representatives of all relevant institutions and organizations. After the conference “Quality in Adult Education and Staff Professionalization” in Budva in November 2014, this is the first regional conference, which brought together this broad group of national representatives and allow to exchange experiences and to compare the current state of adult education in the region and seek opportunities for networking and cooperation. The first day of the conference was devoted to the presentation of the situation in the region, and on the second day, through the work of the thematic working groups, further analysis of experiences and activities related to specific topics and areas were organized. As an example of good practice conference participants visited Culinary and Tourism Centre KULT316, of the Biotechnical Educational Centre of Ljubljana. Although the meeting had no thematic focus, thus no concrete agreements and results could be expected, a high level of enthusiasm and very positive energy marked the whole event and all participants agreed that such a gathering should become common practice. In this regard, the decision was made right at the meeting that our region will continue to build bridges in adult education next summer, 2016 in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Networking at the conference about intergenerational solidarity “Bridging the gap”

komskonfBelgrade, November 2015. The delegate of Adult Education Society participated in conference about intergenerational solidarity “Bridging the gap” on 12th of November. The event was organized by the Umbrella organization of Serbian youths in cooperation with UNFPA and UNDESA. The conference aim dedicated to discussing and rethinking the key questions for promoting culture of dialogue, responsibility and intergenerational cooperation. In the first part the organizers, delegates from respected ministries, research institutions, NGOs presented their views about the topic. The representative of the Adult Education Society in the discussion mentioned the lifelong learning related goals of the Ageing Strategy for period 2006-2015 and open discussion about the new strategies steps. In the continuation the good practice examples were presented. Furthermore, the participants divided into two groups worked on recommendations about intergenerational cooperation in the three fields: employability, political engagement, and existing stereotypes. Finally, during the discussion many connections between individuals, as well as organizations was made. The next step is working together on project proposals.

4th Regional exchange of experiences of trainers in adult education

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAZlatibor, October 2015. The fourth Regional exchange of experiences of trainers in adult education was organized in cooperation of Adult Education Society and DVV International, Office in Sarajevo. The meeting was held at Zlatibor Mountain, in Hotel“Ratko Mitrović” for 20 participants (10 from each countries). The training realised during the two working days. The topics were proposed by participants and two sessions were led by external trainer Tiffany Joy Ross, the actress from USA, who lives in Belgrade. This time the visits hadn’t been included into the program. The content of the training was adapt to the needs of participants and current challenges in adult education, like refugee crisis. The session Intersectionality and the role of education in deconstruction of privileges tended to move the trainers focus on the position of the unprivileged groups and their position in adult education. The session about conflict resolution models introduce participants how to solve the conflict situations. Self-education was the important topic for establishing community learning initiatives, which can immediately react on educational needs. At the end of the training the five possibilities for closing the learning and group processes was introduced. The trainers were encouraged to test a new approaches and do group and individual reflections on their work. The rich discussion and active participation had shown that the training fulfil high expectations set up by previous trainings. Finally, the evaluation clearly shown that there is a need for continuation of this kind of exchange.

The Adult Education Society supported ESRALE Summer Academy

Belgrade, September 2015. ESRALESummerAcademyThe Adult Education Society supported ESRALE Summer Academy, which was realized at the Belgrade Faculty of Philosophy from the 14th to the 20th of September 2015. The host of the Academy was the Department of Andragogy and Institute of Andragogy and Pedagogy at the Faculty of Philosophy University of Belgrade. The aim of the Summer Academy was to strengthen the quality of skills and competencies in relevant subject areas/disciplines which impact on the interdisciplinary area of adult learning and education. This year the topic was Empirical Research in Adult Learning and Education (Conceptual and Methodological Problems). The conference was held at the Faculty on the first day. On the following days the workshops for MA and PhD students were organized by many professors from partner Universities. The Adult Education Society provided a half day study visit to self-organized learning communities and community learning organizations. This was an opportunity to rethink the practice and consider different possibilities for the future development of adult learning. The feedback from both sides shows that organizations received significant input from the students, and the students were satisfied with the possibility of being introduced to a community learning initiatives.

Adult Education Society participated in 20th Learning festival in Switzerland

lucernefestivalLucene, September 2015. SVEB – The Swiss national Umbrella Organisation for Adult Education organized 20th Learning festival in Switzerland in the period 11th-20th of September. On the occasion of this significant anniversary, Adult Education Society, as organizer of one of the important European learning festival, have been called to participate in the central activities. During the central festival ceremony at 16th September, history of the Learning Festival in Swiss was presented. Nikola Koruga, representative of Adult Education Society presented on that occasion development of the Adult Learning Festival in Serbia and innovative festival activities introduced in recent years. The ceremony was closed with Ruth Jermann’s (national coordinator of the Learning festival since the founding) emotional speech and introduction to the SVEB’s team that will take over the Festival coordination in the future. On the next day at Symposium on lifelong learning Nikola participated in panel discussion on future of festivals in Europe, while in the second part of the Symposium, during the World Café session, he hosted the table with topic “The criteria for the Festival evaluation”. The meeting finished in atmosphere of the new enthusiasm and energy for the future of learning festivals in Europe.

AES collaborator participated in the conference of International Society for Education Through Art

majaLisbon, July 2015. The InSEA (International Society for Education Through Art) conference Risks and Opportunities for Visual Arts Education in Europe took place in Lisbon in the period 6-10 July 2015. The event addressed current problems and alternative models of artistic education and education through the arts in Europe in formal, informal and non formal contexts, through practice informing research. The conference integrated room for dialogue and reflection through oral presentations as well as virtual presentations in the blogosphere, exhibitions, workshops and performances. The conclusions of the conference have the form of a declaration for art education advocacy purposes. A declaration intended to reply to official discourses about art education, education through the arts and the arts in education (UN Global Education Goals, Education, sustainability and the post-2015 development agenda, OCDE and EU Reports). Art based methods in adult education are often used in addressing issues such as conflict resolution and human rights. Adult Education Society supported participation of its collaborator Maja Maksimović on the conference. Maja, assistant professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, gave a presentation on how drama and movement can be used in adult education to work on gender equality.

Scientific papers of researchers from Serbia were presented at the ESREA conference

esrealivingLjubljana, June 2015. Three Serbian representatives took an active part in ESREA (European Society for Research in Education of Adults) Conference Perspective on Community Practices – Living and Learning in Community, organized at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Ljubljana, from June 18th to 20th 2015. A representative of the Society for Adult Education, Nikola Koruga, presented the research Adult Learning Festivals a the Global Initiative and the Regional Prism. Representatives of the Society of the Serbian andragogues (Violeta Orlovic-Lovren) and the Institute for Pedagogy and Andragogy (Aleksandra Pejatovic) presented joint research The Role of Adult Educators and Fostering Learning for Community Resilience. Serbian delegates had the opportunity to participate in UNESCO panel, organized within the conference, A theme of a panel was a new set of recommendations for the development of adult education that will be adopted on the UNESCO General Conference in fall 2015. This conference was a great opportunity for networking experts from the region and Europe, but also a place where had been initiated the idea for a new cooperation and exchange. Support for the participation of all three Serbian representatives at this meeting is provided in the framework of the regional project of DVV International EU Harmonization.

Adult Education Society on IX ICAE World Assembly

icaewaMontreal, June 2015. The Institut de coopération pour l’éducation des adultes (ICÉA) has been mandated by the International Council for the Adult Education (ICAE) to organise its 9th World Assembly which was held at the Université de Montréal from the June 11 to June 13. The University of Montreal was hosted the largest international gathering of civil society in adult education. The participation of the representatives from SEE was supported by regional project of DVV International. Maja Maksimović, an assistant professor in Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Department for Pedagogy and Andragogy and member of Adult Education Society, represented Serbia on ICAE World Assembly as delegate of Adult Education Society. The host organization invited the second person from Adult Education Society, Nikola Koruga to present experiences from Serbia about the concept of the Adult Learning Festival. Participation of the both delegates was vary notable, because the workshop Power in/of adult education, examples about trainers’ professionalization in Serbia and innovative methodological and theoretical approach in this field were presented. The representatives of Serbia were actively participated in preparation of the new ICAE declaration and organization of the event. During the IX ICAE World Assembly the new board were elected by the votes of members including Adult Education Society, which become the member this year. Adopting the new declaration ICAE sent the powerful and clear message of the support to the draft of the sustainable development aim, which addressed education inside the Agenda of sustainable development 2015 – 2030, which will be adopted on the UN summit in New York, on the September this year.


The Third Meeting of the Project “Trainers’ Exchange”

tuzlaafTuzla, May 2015. The third Regional exchange of experiences of trainers in adult education was organized in cooperation of Adult Education Society and DVV International, Office in Sarajevo. The meeting was held in Tuzla for 22 participants from BiH and Serbia. The training realised during the two working days. The workshops were organized by the participants. Also, the program included study visits to educational institutions and CSO in Gračanica and Tuzla. The content of the training was adapt to the needs of participants to test the new methods in adult education. The participants researched how the expressive methods in adult education influence group dynamic. Furthermore, they test techniques for teaching a big groups of participants. This training was so important, because the trainers were encouraged to test a new learning approaches in safe environment and do the group and individual reflections on their work. The rich discussion after each activity had shown that the training fulfilled high expectations, which is clearly shown by the results of the evaluation.

Swedish National Council of Adult Education visited Serbia

LogoBelgrade, April 2015. In the period 27.-29.4.2015 delegation of The Swedish National Council of Adult Education (Folkbildningsrådet) visited Serbia. The aim of the study trip is to get increased knowledge of the role of adult education and civil society organisations in Serbia in general and specifically in relation to issues of intercultural coexistence and tolerance combatting xenophobia. On the first day of the visit delegation was in Vojvodina, while on the last two days the hosts in Belgrade were Adult Education Society and Belgrade Centre for Human Rights. Apart from visits to Adult Education Society, the Human Rights House and Embassy of Sweden, the meeting were organized with other organizations that presented situation in Serbia from perspective of their work and experiences: Serbian Association of Andragogists, Centre for Women Studies, Kvinna till Kvinna, Women in Black, etc. During the visit to Adult Education Society, possibilities for widening of cooperation and further exchange of experiences were discussed.

ICAE Strategic Seminar

icae2Belgrade, February 2015. During the period 1-4.2.2015 Adult Education Society was honoured and pleasured to host the first ever event organized by The International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) in the SEE Region. ICAE is a global network with a specific mandate to advocate for adult learning and education, representing more than 800 NGOs – regional, national and sectorial networks in more than 75 countries. The goal of the “ICAE Strategic Seminar” in Belgrade was to have “post and beyond 2015” in focus as the changed context for the advocacy work of civil society at global level, and, based on that, to discuss priorities for ICAE’s next 4-year strategic plan. It included rethinking about the profile, programmes and activities, defining goals and envisaged results needed for the future. Adult Education Society used this unique opportunity to further develop relations with adult education organizations from Europe, but also to establish relations with other umbrella adult education organizations from other parts of the world.

The Second Meeting of the Project “Trainers’ Exchange”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABelgrade, October 2014. Under the project of exchange trainers and multiplicators, the second meeting between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia was held in Hotel „Park“, Belgrade on 24th and 25th of October 2014. This project has been conducted by DVV International office in Sarajevo and Adult Education Society from Belgrade with the aim of exchange and improvement of valuable experience and practice of professionals from the field of adult education. During this meeting participants dealt with the following topics: self-care management, art techniques in adult education and cooperation between trainers who work in pair. One of the sessions was organized so it was dedicated to the supervision of the trainers. Beside participation in workshops of medical qigong and free dance, participants had opportunity to visit DAH theatre and got to know possibilities of application of drama in adult education. This meetings were specific because of an open approach where participants equally involved in designing and conducting of the learning process. The second meeting of experienced trainers was closed with clear intention for continuation of initiated learning processes and hope that we can deepen this kind of learning experiences during next year.

The VIII ICAE Academy of Lifelong Learning Advocacy

madabaMadaba, October 2014. The VIII ICAE Academy of Lifelong Learning Advocacy (IALLA) is an international course held this year in the Arab Region, from October 13 to 26, 2014 in Madaba, Jordan. Until now, there are 189 IALLA graduates from 68 different countries of all regions. With great pleasure we inform you that 26 candidates (10 men and 16 women) will participate in the Eighth edition of the VIII ICAE Academy of Lifelong Learning Advocacy (IALLA). The participants are from 18 countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Namibia, South Africa, Uganda, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Mongolia, Nepal, Puerto Rico, Serbia, Sweden and Ukraine). With support of the DVV International SEE region represented by participant from Serbia, who will share gained knowledge and contribute to the development of adult education in the region. The ICAE Academy of Lifelong Learning Advocacy is the main international training programme that the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) has created with the aim of broadening the vision on adult learning and helping new leaders acquire advocacy skills through a participatory methodology that includes an interlinkage analysis within and beyond the field of adult learning and education, and promoting networking as an effective mechanism for collective learning. This course is organized by the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) in partnership with DVV International and with the support of the Swiss Development Cooperation.

EAEA Executive Board Meeting

Tallinn, September 2014. On September 25th and 26th 2014. Maja Maksimović, as a member of EAEA Executive Board, has participated in the meeting in Tallinn. As representative of non-EU members she facilitates connection between partner in the region and EAEA, and presents a voice of the regional interests in EAEA. Maja also updated regional partners about new tendencies on European level in adult education. On this meeting of EAEA, members of Executive Board were discussing about the reactions on Europe2020 Strategy, continuation of lobby for the European Year of Adult Learning, review of Erasmus + and greater participation of EAEA in international debates. After this meeting, until the next one, Maja will be open for new proposals for improving the position of SEE in initiative and programmes of European Commission for non-EU countries.

Per Paludan Hansen visited Adult Education Society

Belgrade, August 2014. Adult Education Society had an honour to host Mr Per Paludan Hansen, President of the European Association for Education of Adults (EAEA) and Chairman of the Board of the Danish Adult Education Association (DAEA). Adult Education Society (AES) Director Mr Dušan Zdravković presented to Mr Hansen situation in the field of adult education in Serbia, AES national and regional activities and future plans. Further on, possibilities for improvement of already very fruitful cooperation between AES and EAEA were discussed, as well as AES role in representing interest of non-EU countries in EAEA board and possibilities for cooperation through possible joint projects. Mr Hanses also met Ms Katarina Popović, Secretary General of the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) and President of Steering Committee of Adult Education Society. They were discussing future cooperation of these organizations and global tendencies of developments in adult education relevant for Europe and European civil society organizations.

The project activity of Adult Education Society has been highlighted as an example of a good practice the new EU project

aemalogoBelgrade, July 2014. One of the activities, of the project Improving the employability of disadvantaged groups, which has been supported by dvv international and which Adult education society has conducted with various partners from Serbia from 2004-2009, has been highlighted as an example of a good practice at a just-opened portal Adult Education Made Accessible ( This portal is one of the mediums of communication for the homonymous project, which aims to improve the participation of people with disabilities in adult education (The project aims at contributing to an increased participation of the disabled in adult education). The project activity AES which was singled out as an example of good practice is training 48 disabled people – a paraplegics, in order to improve their employability use of distance learning technology. The training was derived in 2006-2007, and in terms of technology it was a pioneer activity in the field of vocational training for adults.

Professor Peter Jarvis visited Serbia

jarvisBelgrade, June 2014. On the 20th of June, Adult education society has organised a lecture of professor Peter Jarvis, marking the sixty years of his teaching practice. The lecture, titled “Human learning – implicit and explicit”, was conducted in cooperation with the Department of Andragogy, Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade and Institute of pedagogy and andragogy. The lecture was attended by experts from the area of adult education, representatives of state institutions (ministries and departments who work in the field of adult education), students, professors and assistants of the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade. During his visit, professor has held consultations for students of PhD and master studies, so he could answer to all of their research dilemmas, and encouraged them to continue working on their theses. Considering that Peter Jarvis will be the guest editor of the first number of Andragogical Studies for the year 2014, during lunch with the members of editorial board of this scientific magazine, the discussion with the professor has been continued. The visit of professor Jarvis not only was the chance to get to know modern trends in the area of adult education development in the world, but has also inspired and initiated the philosophical reflections of learning.

New representative of SEE DVV network in EAEA Executive Board

KatarinaMajaBrussels, June 2014. Adult Education Society delegated one of its members, Maja Maksimović, teaching assistant at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, as new EAEA Executive Board member. Maja will took over position of Ph.D. Katarina Popović, AES founder, since Katarina has to shift to a new responsibilities as new ICAE’s Secretary General. One of Maja’s responsibilities in EAEA board will be to represent interests of non-EU countries. In that respect Maja will also be South East Europe dvv international network representative in EAEA board. We congratulate Maja and wish her successful work.

Trainers’ experience exchange between BiH and Serbia

sarajevoafSarajevo, May 2014. dvv international for Bosnia and Herzegovina and Adult Education Society from Belgrade, during period from May 23rd to may 24th have organized trainers meeting which have been working in the area of adult education. Programme was carefully designed for experts and practitioners, considering the need for incitement of experience exchange at the regional level. During the two-day work the following topics were processed: work with difficult learners, gender and intercultural adult education, as well as (self)reflective practice in trainers work. Visits to the Ministry of education and science of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and to the non-governmental organization “Nahla” have brought closer to participants the problems and trends of development in adult education in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Daily exchange has opened many important subjects for trainers work, but also for development of adult education in the region. At the end of the exchange, topics have been defined for the meeting in Belgrade, which will be held in October.