The current analysis has been prepared within the framework of project № 554834-EPP-1-2014-1-BG-EPPKA3-AL-AGENDA “National Coordinators for the Implementation of the European Agenda for Adult Learning”, implemented with financial support under the Erasmus Program+ of the European Commission.
The project has been implemented during the period 01.11.2014 - 31.10.2015 by the Ministry of Education and Science – a national coordinator on adult education in Bulgaria in compliance with Agreement № 2014-2461/001-001 of the Education, Culture and Audiovisual Executive Agency of the European Commission. The goal of this document is to inform interested parties about the state of the formal educational system for adult education and instruction in Bulgaria as well as to give recommendations on how to improve its functioning.
The analysis includes a description of different characteristics of the formal educational system for adult education and training in Bulgaria, as data covers the period between 2009 and 2013 and information dating back to an earlier period for statistical purposes. In this way the analysis presents statistical data as well as information reviewed in a specific context and related to the structure of adult education offered at institutions as part of the formal educational system. Statistical data is complimented by descriptions of regulatory acts as well as an analysis of how the system functions.
This report is divided into 8 sections:
Section 1 presents the common and specific goals, main activities under the project, as well as the structure and content of the analysis of formal school education and training for adults in Bulgaria. The methodology and the main definitions have been presented.
Section 2 offers a general overview of the regulatory framework guiding the formal school education and training for adults in Bulgaria.
Section 3 describes the state of formal school education and training for adults in Bulgaria by key indicators and with a focus on adult students enrolled in educational and training programs. The section includes an overview of the educational demographics of adult learners aged 25 – 64, and the participation of adults in different types of educational programs by degree awarded. The section includes information about the number of adults who have completed a level of vocational training by region.
Section 4 offers an overview of the institutions within the framework of the formal educational system for adult learning.
Section 5 presents the forms of education as well as the framework programs, school curricula and their applicability with regard to adult education and training within the framework of the educational system.
Section 7 presents the key principles and finance schemes applied to provide financing for formal adult education and training as well as key tendencies related to European finance schemes.
Section 8 presents a summary of results and conclusions based on an inquiry on the problems of adult education and training according to school boards and regional inspectorates of education.