Government Endorses Draft Bill on Adult Education

By 22 July 2021
Government Endorses Draft Bill on Adult Education

ZAGREB, 22 July 2021 - The government on Thursday adopted the draft bill on adult education which will introduce significant changes in the adult education system, especially in terms of harmonizing education programs with the needs of the labor market and the quality of implementation of education programs.

Adult education in Croatia should be regulated in accordance with recent strategic documents adopted at the level of the European Union which underscore a significant role of the adult education system in the process of recovery and of the green and digital transition.

Key changes introduced by the new law include the recognition of non-formal and informal acquisition of knowledge and skills, financing lifelong learning through the Croatian Qualifications Framework Act with the aim of raising the quality and relevance of education programs, said Science and Education Minister Radovan Fuchs.

HRK 300 million to be made available for the education of 30,000 adults by 2026

A total of HRK 300 million has been earmarked for the education of 30,000 adults by 2026. The intention is to reach the EU average by 2030 because we are now at 3.5% in adult education, while the EU average is 10.8%.

Changes to the law are needed to better respond to the needs of the labor market and to help citizens gain a better social status through adult education, Fuchs said.

Also, the inclusion of low-skilled adults in lifelong learning is envisaged, as is the introduction of a system for ensuring the quality of adult education institutions.

(€1= HRK 7.5)

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