Official title of the project

Second Chance - Systemic Development of Elementary Practice Based Adult Education in Serbia


Project information

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Implementation period
2010. Sep - 2013. Sep
Expected results

Result 1: FEEA concept and methodology for its evaluation and monitoring developed Result 2: FEEA curricula designed and tested Result 3: Human resource capacity for FEEA implementation strengthened Result 4: Public awareness on FEEA strengthened


Republic of Serbia, Ministry of Education and Science (MoES)


The project is launched by the Ministry of Education and Science (MoES) and the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia (DEU). It is implemented by GOPA Consultants, in consortium with dvv-international and EAEA (Association for the Education of Adults). Partners on the project are: Ministry of Economy and Regional Development (MoERD), National Employment Service (NES), Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit (Deputy Prime Minister’s Office for European Integration), National Educational Council, Institute for Education Quality and Evaluation, Institute for Impr

Summary of the project

The project aims to develop the system of Functional Elementary Education for Adults (FEEA) in Serbia. It is aimed at adults over 15 years of age who have not completed elementary education and have not acquired professional skills. “Second Chance” will enroll 4,000 adult learners, priority being given to unemployed, women, rural population, redundant workers, and the underemployed, especially those at risk of job loss, ethnic minorities. The project is being implemented in 80 public elementary schools around Serbia by trained schools teams which consist of school directors, teachers, pedagogical and andragogical assistants. The curriculum is organized in 3 annual cycles covering elementary education and a vocational training for one of 50 vocations. Around 75 secondary high schools will implement these vocational training. The project is launched as a pilot and its results will enable to implement the FEEA concept into the Serbian system of education on the long term.

Programme/Project objectives

The overall objective of the project is to build a modern, functional, adult education system in Serbia contributing more efficiently to enhanced employability of the labour force, as well as to poverty reduction, social cohesion and national economic recovery.

Specific objectives

  • To establish a system of functional elementary education for adults, accessible and responsive to learners and labour market needs, in line with the lifelong learning concept and focusing on life skills and competencies.
  • The concept of the FEEA is designed and piloted
  • The FEEA project increases employment for its alumni.
  • The quality of the life of the FEEA participants and their integration in local social l networks are increased.
  • The human resources capacity of the elementary and secondary schools for the implementation of the FEEA are risen
  • The public awareness of the local and national stakeholders of the FEEA and of whole society about its role in social and economic development of Serbia is strengthened
  • The teaching learning materials, handbooks for the implementation of the FEEA are elaborated and tested.