What is meant in the country when you talk about Adult Education?
According to the Act on Adult Education: General, language or vocational education based on a development programme outside the school system, with the aim of acquiring a certain competence and/or certain skill. In an everyday sense adult education refers to the formal and non-formal education of adults. In the Hungarian language there is a separate word for informal education: "művelődés", which means "acquiring culture".
What is typical for Adult Education in the country?
The main aims of adult education inside or outside the school system are the following: - to provide a missing school qualification - to provide further education - to provide a vocational qualification - to facilitate employment, orientation and the development of personality and skills - to serve the purposes of general education
Act CI of 2001 on Adult education - the purpose of this Act is to ensure the transparency and accountability of the adult education system in a regulated form and to provide a regulatory framework for the state support system for adult education.
Further laws that also apply to adult education:
Act 76 of 1993 on vocational education
Act 79 of 1993 on public education
Act 139 of 2005 on higher education
Act 86 of 2003 on vocational education contributions
Responsible public bodies / ministries
Ministry for National Economy National Vocational Training and Adult Training Council - a national body assisting the Minister in carrying out tasks related to adult education and vocational education. Its tasks also include the preparation of professional decision making, proposals and evaluations
Adult Education Accrediting Body - responsible for the qualification and accreditation of institutions and programmes of adult education
Relevant umbrella associations and national (service) organisations
National Institute of Vocational and Adult Education - NIVE - regional and national research relating to adult education, content development of vocational and adult education, handling of tenders
Regional Training Centres (9) - national network of state training centres
Hungarian Folk High School Association
Association of Adult Educators
TIT Stúdió Egyesület (TIT Studio Association)
Civilian Adult Education Network
Catholic Youth and Adult Education Association
Providers of Adult Education
Number of accredited institutes of adult education: ca. 1400
Number of accredited adult education programmes: 6400
Sources of state support for adult education:
Number of people enrolled in education outside school: ca 50000
Estimated number of adult educators: 100000
Estimated number of adult educators working full time: 1000
In 2006 a course offering a specialisation in andragogy and in 2009 a master's degree in andragogy were launched in higher education
Quality system / insurance
Government Decree 22/2004. (II. 16.) on the general rules of the accreditation of adult education institutions and programs.
The Adult Education Accrediting Body is responsible for assessing applications for accreditation from adult education institutions and programmes, for carrying out the accreditation of institutions and programmes, for monitoring the activities of institutions, and for approving the training and further training programmes for experts.
Support can only be claimed by accredited institutions.
The two main ways of creating a quality control system are:
- the institution chooses an accepted standard (e.g. ISO), then implements and runs it, and/or
- the institution creates a quality control system in accordance with the rules of the accreditation process and with expectations.
Latest developments - subjects / issues which are at the core of the current AE discussions
Human Resources Development Operational Programme: The development and application of modern methods in adult education
Social Renewal Operational Programme: Developing the quality and contents of the training
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