The Adult Education Survey was conducted for the first time in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the period from 1th of February to 31th of March 2017.
The Adult Education Survey is an integral part of adult education survey in Europe, conducted in a five-year periodicity in all EU member states, EU candidate countries and EU potential candidate countries. The Survey is conducted based on the Law on Statistics of Bosnia and Herzegovina (“Official Gazette of BiH”, No. 42/04).
The Adult Education Survey is a survey covering persons aged 25 to 64 who live in private households. The purpose of the survey is collection of data on the participation of respondents in all forms of lifelong learning – formal, non-formal and informal learning. The survey is conducted on a sample of selected households. The survey furthermore collects data on foreign language skills of the respondents. The implementation of the survey is in line with the EU regulations and the Eurostat methodology that are recommended for this survey.
According to data collected for 12 months prior to the survey, 8.7% of respondents stated that they have participated in some form of formal and/or non-formal education, while 91.3% of respondents have not participated in formal nor non-formal education.
In formal education participated 2.2% of the respondents; in non-formal education participated 6.9% of the respondents, while a significantly larger percentage of respondents, 74.7% of them, intended to obtain knowledge through day-to-day activities or through informal learning.
Respondents aged 25 to 34 and respondents with tertiary education completed were the majority with formal education and non- formaleducation. Out of the respondents who participated in non-formal education, 83% were employed persons.
74.7% of respondents who participated in informal learning learned mostly from the family members, friends or associates, from printed materials, or with the help of computers. They most learned with the help of television, radio or video and they least learned by taking the tours to museums and historical, natural or industrial areas accompanied by guides and by paying visits to learning centres (including libraries).
Respondents were also asked about any difficulties that prevented them from participating in some form of education and training. Out of reasons that prevented respondents from participating in some form of education and training, the most common reason for women were family responsibilities (51,1%), while for men were conflict with work schedule or training organised at inconvenient time (39,7%).
Out of all respondents, 39 % speaks at least one foreign language. Most persons who speak at least one foreign language are respondents aged 25 to 34, and respondents who have completed secondary education, also persons who speak two or more foreign languages are persons with completed secondary education and persons aged 25 to 34 years. Persons who do not speak any foreign language are mostly the respondents with the completed secondary education and of the age 55 to 64.
Out of the above mentioned foreign languages, the English language is the most spoken by the respondents, then German, Russian and French follow.