Organization GIZ ( Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit or the German Society for International Cooperation) together with the German Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation kicked-off a campaign aimed at promoting and supporting subsequent acquisition of primary education for adults in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Although the exact number of adults without basic primary education is not known due to the fact that country’s last census was in 1992, it is estimated that 2% of adult population (ages 15+) in Bosnia and Herzegovina is illiterate.
The project will encompass 6 primary schools across BiH that will go through training and certification in andragogy, enabling them to properly teach and educate adults going through their programs. The focus will be on all three segments of education–formal, non-formal and informal–and the implementation of the program will require the involvement of a large number of experts in the field of research, statistics, and education.
Even though primary education in Bosnia and Herzegovina is compulsory and its attendance regulated by law, it is not easy for many adults to take this step. The reason for this is partly because they would have to bear the expenses of class attendance (at least in some parts of the country), which can amount up to 200.00KM (cca $150.00) per grade, and partly because they feel ashamed for being illiterate or not completing primary school on time. The campaign, appropriately named “Everyday heroes,” hopes to encourage these adults to take charge of their education while, at the same time, helping fight the prejudices society might have against them.
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