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Developments: Lack of terminology and recognition for adult education

In the last year, many organisations left the umbrella organisation The Association of Adult Education Institutions in Slovakia (AIVD) in Slovakia, because of the COVID-19 crisis. AIVD faced several challenges in the last year and their funding situation deteriorated. Many of their main events had to be cancelled because of the pandemic.

There are no new adult education policy reforms in Slovakia. Civil society advocates for a new lifelong learning strategy, as the old one is outdated (2011). AIVD wants a new strategy and legislation to respond to the challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adoption of relevant terminology would be a first step to recognition of adult learning and education in Slovakia. In the long run it would help to collect the relevant information, set up and enable validation, introduce individual learning accounts and set up a financial support system for adult education.

In Slovakia civil society is included in policy making to a certain extent. There are some policies/strategies for the implementation of Upskilling Pathways and some new initiatives to implement the Sustainable Development Goals. AIVD would like to highlight the importance of regional cooperation. The European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) has been implemented in some areas, but civil society has not been part of a consultation process. The EPSR plays an important role in promoting new national/regional policies and frameworks in Slovakia and the reports by the European Semester mirror the experience of AIVD.