There was an inaugural meeting of the Regional Committee for Quality held between 14 and 16 October in Belgrade, Serbia, established in the context of SERTO professional association. We, the representatives of the SIAE Dr Tanja Možina and the Director Andrej Sotošek, MSc, also participated in the meeting.
In 2012–2013, the Adult Education Society of Serbia in cooperation with the Swiss Federation for Adult Learning developed a project called Professionalisation in Adult Education in South East Europe. In cooperation with the network of educational organisations for adults, it was pilotly implemented and tested in the period of 2014–2016. One of the results of the project was a regional professional association of SERTO – A Professionalisation and Quality of Adult Education, designed as a platform to support the process of the Adult Education professionalization. The strategy of the association is focused on improving the quality of the Executive Committee with the broader goal of creating a unique quality education space for adults. The second goal is to strengthen the capabilities of adult education providers in the region for monitoring and improving the quality of services. More information on SERTO association is available on the association’s website.
In the context of the SERTO association, the following has been developed: the qualifications standard for the coach in adult education as the procedure for accreditation of coaches and educational programs. Implementation of these processes in Serbia is expected in the following period. At the inaugural meeting in Belgrade, the Regional Committee for Quality – comprised of experts from various South East Europe countries – was established and set within the system. The Commission is composed of:
- Dr Šefika Alibabić, Department of Pedagogy and Andragogy, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade (president),
- Dr Zoran Velkovski, Department of Pedagogy, Faculty of Philosophy, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje,
- Dr Tanja Možina, Slovenian Institute for Adult Education, Ljubljana,
- Dr Moran Koludrović, Department of Pedagogy, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Split.
The task of the Commission is to provide professional support as a professional supervision over the implementation of the accreditation procedures.
The Regional Committee for Quality will operate as a professional, counselling and control body. It will be focused on achieving the objectives of the association and the improvement of all elements of the SERTO quality system.
Dr Tanja Možina (firstname.lastname@example.org), SIAE