The Association of Adult Education Institutions in the Slovak Republic (AIVD)

AIVD is non-governmental, apolitical, non-profit, voluntary organisation established in 1991 with the registered office in Bratislava, Slovakia. Members of the AIVD are institutions of adult education, who agree with themission statement. We associate more than 100 members (2020): NGOs, public and privateinstitutions. As an umbrella organization, AIVD is the coordinator of Lifelong Learning Week in Slovakia.AIVD is part of local, regional and national networks. AIVD is a member of European Association forthe Education of Adults (EAEA) since 2008 and European Basic Skills Network (EBSN) since 2017. Theassociation is also represented in the Sectoral Alliance for Education, Science and Sport, theAccreditation Board for Further Education of the Ministry of Education, and a number of other boardsand committees. The focus of AIVD national and international projects is on improving the conditionsof adult education in Slovakia, offering possibility of exchanging experiences and establishing partnerships.

For almost 30 years, AIVD as the largest professional association of its kind aims to:

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Department of Pedagogy and Andragogy of the Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava

The Department of Pedagogy and Andragogy of the Faculty of Arts of Comenius University in Bratislava was formed by merging two departments: Pedagogy and Andragogy, which existed by September 1, 2017.

Department of Pedagogy is the oldest pedagogical institution in Slovakia. It has been working since the academic year 1923/24. As a scientific and pedagogical department it performs the following tasks:

  1. training of pedagogical teachers (in combination with another subject),
  2. preparation of highly qualified specialists in the field of pedagogical theory and practice in bachelor and master study of one-branch pedagogy,
  3. pedagogical preparation of academic subjects candidates,
  4. developing pedagogical theory and scientific research,
  5. organizing additional pedagogical studies for graduates.

The Department of Andragogy is a direct successor of the Department of University Education (1961). The scientific and pedagogical focus of the Department of Andragogy is based on the concept of Andragogy, which began to develop in Slovakia in the early 1990s. Andragogy as a part of education sciences can be characterized as a science of adult education, which deals with the intentional socialization of an adult, the problems of helping an adult in all areas of his / her life (professional life, leisure, social security).

Based on the basic areas of human life - the profession, leisure and social security, the system of andragogy is divided into three basic subsystems, respectively. discipline:

Association HIPOKAMP

Association HIPOKAMP is a Centre for Intergenerational Integration, focused on the activities for the seniors and developed with them, according to their expectations and capabilities.

We are involved in a lot of groups of interest as well as local and governmental authorities, dealing with the goal "active and healthy ageing", which we understood very wide and interdisciplinary.

The main concern at the moment is to implement the recommendations from the Policy Papers and to identify and solve the most urgent problems.
The challenge is also to integrate the planning and thinking in the demographic and population ageing context to all the strategies on the local, communities level.
That's why, the gerontological education and information campaigns are very important, as well as civil society empowerment to be strong enough to face the future difficulties and complicated social changes.

Our Association promotes also the idea "age friendly cities/communities" in all the aspects, as the suitable tool and signpost for the seniors policy as a whole.

Association HIPOKAMP is a provider of the educational and activating, supporting work in the communities, focused on the elders and, what is significant, the intergenerational dimension in demographic context.

We support seniors clubs and other non-formal seniors groups; we cooperate with nursing homes and daily stay houses/facilities for seniors.
We are a publisher of the free Senior Citizens Newspaper, where the voice of persons age 60+ can be heart and can show their own point of view on current problems and situation..
The number of seniors engaged in the newspaper is still increasing.
The title: "My, M-Łodzi Duchem" - "We, Young at Heart".
The newspaper appears in Lodz - the city where HIPOKAMP is located and is distributed to other communities.

We are a member of Cluster “Żyjmy zdrowiej” – “Let’s Live Healthier” and consortium Pro Age as well as EURAG Association – on the international level.

Our members are specialists in adult education (andragogy) and gerontology as well as other pedagogical areas.

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Ongoing ERASMUS+ engagement:

  1. ICTskills4 All project – strategic partnership (2018- autumn 2020)
  2. AMU – Age Management Uptake (2017-spring 2020)

The Association of Adult Education Institutions in the Czech Republic (AIVD CR)

AIVD CR with a tradition dating back to 1990 is the largest professional association in Czech Republic of its kind, representing over 110 member companies. The association aims to promote the interests and needs of adult education institutions,concentrate professional capacities for solutions and development in this area, cooperate with the public natinal authorities and other entities in preparation and implementation of legislative and other measures of adult education, organize events for professionals and the general public, represent members and their activities with domestic and international associations.

AIVD CRare a member of the Union of Employers' Associations of the Czech Republic and international net of experts ReferNet.
The association is represented in the National Council for Qualifications, the National Advisory Forum, the Expert Group of the Ministry of Education, the Accreditation Board for Retraining Programs of the Ministry of Education, and a number of other boards and committees. We organize training courses like Certified Trainer for Education of Adults, Certified Manager for Education of Adults etc. Since 1995 we have continuously organized Weeks of Adult Education,international study tours, conferences, seminars or workshops.

Adult Education Week (Týden vzdělávání dospělých®) Since 1995, The Association has an annual worldwide non-commercial event to promote an adult education in the CR. The aim, which is to motivate the potential participants of lifelong education for an active approach to their personal and professional growth. At both national and regional level, there are hundreds of professional and popular lectures and seminars, the course “teasers”, knowledge and skills testing opportunities and many other activities. Every year, Adult Education Week is held under the auspices of the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs and Minister of Education, Youth and Sport.

Department of Adult Education and Personnel Management
Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague

The Department of Adult Education and Personnel Management is currently operating as a continuation of the activities carried out by the first such university department in Czechoslovakia in the late 1940s, established at the Faculty of Education, Charles University in Prague. There were attempts to establish an analogous unit during the second half of the 1960s by the Institute of Public Education and Journalism, later known as the Faculty of the Social Sciences and Journalism, Charles University in Prague. Being characterized by extremely intensive scientific and publication activities, this period of the latter 1960s also serves as a source of inspiration for the present. The aforementioned attempts to launch a new branch of study led to the creation of an independent station, which – under the name of the Department of Adult Upbringing and Education – soon found its home in the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague. The Department entered the last decade of the 20th century as a radically innovative, modern programme with a self-contained social science station. Adult Education, under the name of Andragogy, was introduced as a new branch of study in the academic year of 1991/1992, and the name of this discipline was incorporated in the name of the department one year later.

The name of the Department of Adult Education and Personnel Management refers to two branches with a common goal – human development. Accordingly, adult education and personnel management overlap in quite a few areas, drawing from a number of separate, coexisting disciplines that – aside from maintaining their distinctive features – are designed to foster synergic effects.

The Department’s educational and research activities, including publication, focus on various forms of education, learning and the management of people in varied environments and stages of adult life. Conceived on a wider basis, teaching and learning are understood as individualized processes that are, at the same time, significantly codetermined by the wider social and cultural environment. In this context, it is possible to distinguish and analyze relations on many levels, from an organizational level to national and multinational levels (regional as well as global).

The relations between the aforementioned contexts and their transformations facilitate the understanding of various concepts which have been examined for a relatively long time (among others: life-long education and learning, knowledge society, social capital, active citizenship and learning organization). Rather than being confined to the description of monitored facts, the research strives to draw attention to existing discrepancies and problems of reality. Besides up-to-date nuances of meaning and transformation of education, the Department’s interest also concentrates on the historical analysis of monitored phenomena and the development of opportunities to apply the knowledge acquired into the practice of contemporary social life, whether in public policies, non-profit organizations activities and company practice.

Being of high social importance, the branch of adult education and personnel management is appealing, and its concept is based on the humanities-oriented tradition of the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague, along with modern approaches of the social sciences such as multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary approaches in particular. The Department fosters cooperation with a great many of branches of the social sciences; its external teachers are from an academic and practical environments alike. In this connection, an emphasis is placed on the areas of vocational psychology, labour law, information technologies in adult education and personnel management and the analysis of educational policies.

The Institute for Lifelong Learning (IL3)

IL3 is a nonprofit association dedicated to building and disseminating supportive educational environments throughout life with focus on adult education (andragogy) and senior education (geragogy). For this purpose, the IL3 offers courses and further education, is available for cooperations and consultations and researches as well as develops projects. The work and activities of the Institute for Lifelong Learning are based on democratic and emancipatory principles and further rest upon a humanistic view of humankind. In the field of adult and senior education this represents a holistic understanding of human beings, which includes both biological and individual mental-psychological, social and cultural as well as ecological aspects of being human (Bubolz-Lutz et al. 2010).

We understand learning as an activity throughout all phases of life. Human development – to which learning refers – takes place in the continuum of past, present and future (ibid.). Therefore, we consider all phases of life embedded within the generational context and not in isolation of each other.

This leads to three basic orientations (ibid.):

  1. orientation towards the subject and his / her dignity, wishes and values,
  2. relationship orientation (fundamentally recognizing that people always live and learn in relationships to each other),
  3. responsibility for an interpersonal life together.

The IL3’s work is quality assured and scientifically sound. Its approach is anti-discriminatory, anti-racist, integrative, participatory, promotes inclusion and reduces barriers. Moreover, it considers subject orientation, relationship orientation and responsibility in the ecological and interpersonal context also as highly important within the association’s internal organisation. Hence, we value appreciation and recognition, sustainability as well as a resource-saving and health-promoting work. The IL3 is based on the guidelines for lifelong learning and considers lifelong learning a societal responsibility.

The Institute for Lifelong Learning offers courses and further education, consultations and cooperation as well as research and material development for education in all stages of life. The addressees are predominantly adults and older adults in Austria and other European and non-European countries as well as institutions and people living and working (intergenerationally) with these target groups.

L .: Bubolz-Lutz, E./Gosken, E./Kricheldorff, C./Schramek, R. (2010): Geragogik. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer.