Region to meet the third round PIAAC survey

Region to meet the third round PIAAC survey

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAZagreb, August 2014. During the August of the current year, the OECD and the Croatian National Centre for External Evaluation of Education (NCEEE) have been preparing a presentation of the third round of the OECD’s International Research assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) for the key partner organizations and Croatian institutions. Adult Education Society (AES) has initiated the expansion of the set by including representatives of countries in the region and potential donors to participate, to continuation for a day and substantial suiting to the expanded group of participants. And so, with the partnership of the NCEEE and of the AES, during the period from 28th to 29th of August 2014 at the Panorama Hotel, a regional two-day seminar has been organized, which included more than 40 representatives of 11 countries in the region. On the first day of the conference representatives of the OECD presented the importance of research for the development of economy, improvement of social cohesion and quality of life of adults, and then the process of research conducting. Representatives of Greece and Slovenia, which currently participate in the second round of the survey, have shared their precious experience. During the second day together we have explored the possibilities for the countries in region to engage in a third round of research, as well as some regional activities which would support and foster national activities towards joining. Participants first made ​​an overview of the prerequisites and key challenges for inclusion in the study, then a review of the existing resources, the main partners and previous relevant experiences (CONFINTEA processes, national studies, PISA, etc.). Representatives of the OECD and ETF actively participated in the creation of these views, gave their suggestions and additional information. A representative of the ETF has introduced us with the actual measures of support that this organization offers to regional countries in the process of joining the PIAAC study, followed by presentation of significant additional measures of support within the activities of DVV International in the region, the processes which are relevant to this study or even have a starting point in it. A key segment of the second day was devoted to creating the list of arguments, as well as a list of possible, national and joint-regional activities, to include the countries of the region in this important research. The meeting was concluded by presenting the National Centre for External Evaluation of Education and a visit to the Centre, where, during the cocktails, experiences and professional materials have been exchanged.