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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe



Strengthening the Adult Education Providers and Educators in Serbia through Erasmus+ projects

by Marica Vukomanovic
Language: EN

Under the auspices of Erasmus+ program a total of 53 mobility projects were realized in Serbia in 2017, 8 of which were in the field of adult education. Overall, 41 participants have successfully completed their mobilities, where the average mobility duration was 9 days, while there were 5 participants per project on average.  

The most frequently addressed topics in 2017 were:

  • New innovative curriculum/teaching methods/courses
  • Entrepreneurial education – education in the field of entrepreneurship
  • Inclusion – equality

EPALE national support service Serbia presents 3 projects realized in 2017 as examples of good practice in the field of adult education.

“Hearing Voices”

The “Hearing Voices” project was implemented through Erasmus+ and Staff Mobility, which focused on a different approach to working with people who have unorthodox experiences, those who hear voices, have visions, or feel unusual tactile sensations. This approach encourages people with “severe diagnoses” or labels, to speak freely about their experiences and to overcome the problems they face with the support of the people in their environments.

In their work, groups were focused on the recovery and the return of a sense of control over one’s own life. The aim of this project was for the members of Belgrade Hearing Voices group, through Serbian civil Association Prostor to improve the existing knowledge and get new perspectives in this approach as well as to continue to educate new "experiential experts" and medical staff in order to widen the application of this alternative approach in Serbian psychiatry.

Prostor is the representative of the International Hearing Voices Network in Serbia. Together with citizens associations Dusa and Videa (organizations of psychiatry survivors), Prostor launched the first Hearing Voices self-help group in Serbia and organized a series of trainings and lectures for employees in the mental health system, users of psychiatric services, students and the general public. Prostor is also one of the founders of the Hearing Voices Network of the Western Balkans.

“Let's make our Special Education Schools more European”

The project was inspired by the need to provide support to teachers working with autistic children, but also to the parents, in accordance with the experience of developed countries, and based on the experience from the project. The objective was for the participants to gain competences that they will convey through existing and new educational programs of the Family Care organization to special teachers and parents in Serbia. The project included a visit to a special school in Sweden (Stockholm) which is specialized in working with children with autism and applying contemporary work methods. The goal was to get familiarized with the organization of work methods and the curriculum through job shadowing. After the mobility, the gained experience was presented publicly at three educational workshops at regional level, through the "International expert meeting of special teachers in Serbia".

"Pomoć porodici" (Family Care) is one of the oldest non-government humanitarian organizations in Serbia, established in 1993. They realize their goals as an educational institution through health care, special education and family counseling as well as by organizing programs of non-formal education of teachers and parents (accredited seminars, conferences, forums…). Within its publishing activity Family Care has published several books among which professional literature and literature for parents. They also produced several short documentary films and educational films.

“Soft Skills”

The main goal of this project was to build the capacity of the institution and make the school more competitive by investing in the soft skills of their employees. Within the project the participants completed trainings in communication skills, entrepreneurship skills, introduction to the EU legislative framework concerning education, etc. Furthermore, the participants have learned more from the job shadowing activities about the strategic development, and strengthened their knowledge in organization, planning and management of the institution. Especially beneficial aspect of the project was the exchange of experience and good practices and the insight into the operation of the institution in the neighbouring country (Croatia). Read more about their experience on the project in their blog on EPALE.

The School for Elementary Education of Adults Sombor was established in 1989 and it conducts formal education of adults, vocational education and informal education. The school fosters individual approach and provides equal opportunities to all, while being a responsible partner to the labor market and the local businesses. It welcomes innovation and uses the latest teaching equipment and technological aids. Over 14000 people have completed education in this school to this date. In 2007, the School received the Award from Roma and Travelers Division of the Europe Council in the Campaign “Dosta!” for the project “Lifelong learning Skills” designed for the inclusion of the Roma people in the education system. The School also received the prestigious “Golden Letter” Award in 1990 for outstanding results achieved in the field of Elementary Education of Adults.

Since 2018 the applicants from Serbia have the possibility to apply for strategic partnership projects in the field of adult education. Currently, 7 mobility projects and 3 strategic partnership projects are being realized in the field of adult education.

As of 2019 Serbia will have the status of programme country in Erasmus+, which means that there will be more opportunities for the applicants from Serbia. Learn more about this on the website of Foundation Tempus, National Agency for Erasmus+ in Serbia.

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