North Macedonia

North Macedonia country reports

North Macedonia 2023

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  • Insufficient Funding for adult learning in Republic of North Macedonia

    In the context of RN Macedonia, there is an ongoing discussion about adult learning and education (ALE), and the opinions seem varied.

    The representative from the Adult Education Centre in RN Macedonia has shared insights into the current state of ALE in the country. When it comes to the importance of ALE, it appears that policymakers hold a neutral stance, indicating that there might be room for further advocacy.

    Public funding insufficient

    In terms of policy changes and developments in ALE, there have been no significant shifts in the year 2022/2023, with the situation staying the same as the previous year.

    A diverse range of funding sources is used to support ALE in RN Macedonia. Project funding, program funding, and operating grants are among the financing methods. However, it's worth noting that the Adult Education Centre believes that funding from public sources at the national/local level is insufficient. This, in turn, impacts the affordability of ALE for many individuals. Regarding European initiatives, RN Macedonia's awareness of the European Year of Skills and Erasmus+ mobility opportunities is limited, so is their capacity to get involved in these initiatives.

    Learners and civil society organisations are active and engaged

    On the topic of learners and civil society organisations' participation in policy-making processes, the Adult Education Centre agrees that there are sufficient opportunities for them to express their views and concerns. It remains unclear whether the organisation has actively participated in consultations and advocacy activities in the past year, pointing towards a potential need for more engagement in these areas.

    In summary, RN Macedonia presents a diverse landscape for ALE. While there is agreement on certain aspects, such as opportunities for learners and civil society, concerns about funding and engagement in European initiatives linger. Advocacy and addressing funding challenges may be essential steps in shaping the future of ALE in RN Macedonia.

North Macedonia 2022

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General situation of adult education
neutral face has stayed the same in 2023
Funding situation of adult education
coin pile with arrow pointing right has stayed the same in 2023

Participation in adult education

% of persons aged 25-64
2.8% participation rate last 4 weeks (European Labour Force Survey 2019)
12.7% participation rate last 12 months (European Adult Education Survey 2016)