• Adult education in Serbia manifests in the law on adult education that seeks to provide adults with a continuous acquisition of competences and qualifications for professional and personal development. Unfortunately, participation in adult learning remains low and there are no mechanisms to hold the government accountable. Fostering cooperation among the actors in the field is one of the main ways to make lifelong learning a reality in Serbia.

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  • Developments: NGOs working intensively to further adult education in Serbia

    According to EAEA’s member League 33, the situation of adult learning and education (ALE) in Serbia has stayed the same. 

    The efforts of NGOs working on adult education are intensive and, according to the Annual Plan for Adult Education of the Republic of Serbia, participation in adult education should increase until 2025. However, no data is yet available to support this.

    Last year, League 33 engaged in advocacy to promote cooperation between government agencies and civil society organisations in the decision-making process

    Financing of adult education

    ALE in Serbia is mainly financed through project funding, programme funding, fees and donations. According to League 33 the funding situation of ALE in Serbia has slightly deteriorated. However, League 33 have planned advocacy activities to increase funding and attract external donors. 

    Learner voice

    In Serbia, the legislation does not currently require the adult learner voice to be included in decision-making processes. Moreover, adult learners currently do not have any representing body or possibility to have a voice in national/regional ALE policy-making.


    According to League 33, civil society in Serbia was not actively trying to get involved in CONFINTEA VII and the process leading up to the conference. They agree that the Marrakech Framework for Action (MFA), the outcome of CONFINTEA VII, would be a concrete tool to develop ALE policies, but they don’t believe it will be a key document in Serbia. Reforms at all levels would be necessary to implement the MFA in Serbia, including substantial increase in funding. 


    In Serbia, The Sustainable Development Goals have not yet been implemented in the ALE sector. However, League 33 would like to develop a sustainability strategy in accordance with EU laws and standards. 

  • Challenges and plans: Increasing funding for adult education

    In Serbia, Covid-19 had a lasting impact on ALE. The learning offer will remain hybrid, but League 33 believes that people don’t have sufficient proficiency in digital technologies and do not have access to digital learning activities. Moreover, funding for adult learning in Serbia has decreased since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

    Policy recommendations

    League 33 has set up different goals to improve ALE in Serbia:

    • Increase the education of adults and their prequalifications
    • Increase employment
    • Broaden the target group for ALE
    • Implement EU standards in ALE.

    League 33 would like to give the following policy recommendations to the Serbian government:

    • Implementing resolutions, laws and recommendations of governmental institutions and NGOs dealing with ALE
    • Adapt to EU standards
    • Increasing funding for ALE.

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General situation of adult education
neutral face has stayed the same in 2022
Funding situation of adult education
coin pile with arrow pointing slightly down has slightly deteriorated in 2022

Participation in adult education

% of persons aged 25-64
4.8% participation rate last 4 weeks (European Labour Force Survey 2021)
19.8% participation rate last 12 months (European Adult Education Survey 2016)