The project “Support of adult education in Belarus” is the central project of the Representative Office of the German Adult Education Association in the Republic of Belarus. Implementation of the project started in 2009 and coincided with launching of the Representative Office. The project is being financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Within this very project that aiming at developing effective system of adult education the majority of the events are held by the Representative Office and partners.
The project “Support of adult education in Belarus” is divided into three priority areas to be implemented on the territory of Belarus:
1. Broadening the range of services in adult education for all target groups. The main target groups of the Representative Office and the partners are population groups that for some reason have limited access to education: unemployed, prisoners, rural population, elderly etc. Among the partner organizations there are both state and non-state actors working in the sphere of adult education. Thus, for instance educational institution “Republican Institute for Vocational Education” that has become partner of the Representative Office since its launching, works in the sphere of developing and approbation of vocational education model projects for people exposed to social difficulties. Gomel regional public association “Community Development Projects” implements educational projects for the prisoners etc.
2. Strengthening the adult education organizations and networking development. Within this very topic the Representative Office itself as well as in cooperation with partner organizations holds events (seminars, round tables etc.) to raise the professional level of specialists working in the sphere of adult education and experience exchange.
The Representative Office also sees the possibility of enhancing networking among the Belarusian organizations acting in the sphere of adult education. Moreover the Representative Office aims at facilitating contacts of the Belarusian specialists with foreign experts. Thus every year international events take place; they give the opportunity for experience exchange among the experts from Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova and other CIS countries. The Representative Office supports participation of the Belarusian experts in adult education events held abroad.
One of the primary objective on this level is teaching management in the sphere of adult education to administrative workers.
3. Promoting adult education. Within this area the objective of the Representative Office is informing the representatives of civil society, government and general public about the necessity and possibility of lifelong learning. Besides, during the events initiated by the Representative Office specialists receive information on actual situation and development prospects of adult education in our country and abroad.
It should also be noted that there is another important activity area “Development of adult education in Belarus” as facilitating history learning, including using modern approaches and methods.