Lindita Qazimi has been working in the education sector in Macedonia for 12 years. She started her career as a teacher, to take over later on the functions of Parliamentary representative and Deputy Minister of Education. Since 2012, she is Director of the Public Institution Adult Education Centre. We are talking with her about her views on the challenges along the way of setting up the Adult Education system in Macedonia;
- Ms. Qazimi, you have dedicated more than 10 years of your career working in the education sector on important and responsible positions. How would you describe the development of Adult Education System in the past decade?
- In the early 90ties, the time when Macedonia gained its independence, the Adult Education System was on the margins in every sense – neglected by the institutions in charge and almost “invisible” to the society and the individual. The actual improvements in Adult Education began 10 years ago.
If asked to describe in one sentence the steps that we as a state had undertaken so far, I would say that the decision to walk the path toward reconstruction of the basis of the system, was the crucial point. To reorganize and improve the already existing – in order to revive and rehabilitate it, but at the same time to initiate upgrade in line with needs, and all that with the main aim to create preconditions for sustainable and functional development. We haven’t reached the end of the path yet. There is still so much to accomplish.
We created a broad legal framework for Adult Education; We have been continuously working on professional development of human capital of state institutions (Ministries, agencies, local self-government etc.) in charge for Adult Education; We managed to develop a strategic approach toward long-term envisaging of national priorities in Adult Education in line with European and global trends; We are making efforts to improve the role of public Adult Education providers and to revive state investments in public Adult Education, and so much more.
- What were and what are, in your opinion, the biggest challenges in the process of setting up of the Adult Education system?
- Honestly, the greatest challenge of all is to create a system that is functional in a way that it is flexible and tailored to serve to the needs of every citizen of this country.
In that context, we are putting emphasis on raising awareness of the institutions but moreover of the citizens, on the crucial role Adult Education and Lifelong Learning play for each of us and for our society. Awareness raising is a process and it is not an easy task at all.
I would like to underline that Macedonia – a country in transition, with sensitive and fragile politics and economy, has found a partner and friend in DVV International throughout the years. Without DVV International’s comprehensive approach in offering all kinds of support to the sustainability and progress, our Adult Education System wouldn’t be on the level where it is today.
- Would you share your vision about the future of Adult Education in Macedonia?
I wish accomplishment of our joint visions stated in our national Strategy for Adult Education. Access to quality Adult Education for all and increasing participation rates; Publicly financed Adult Education; Non-formal and formal Adult Education programs responding to the labor market needs and demands; Employers understanding and investing in Adult Education of the employees; Citizens willing to learn…With lots of further efforts and synergy, I hope that my wishes will become reality in near future.