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

The Association of Adult Education Institutions (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 the mission statement. We associate more than 100 members (2018): NGOs, public and private institutions. 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 for the Education of Adults (EAEA) since 2008 and European Basic Skills Network (EBSN) since 2017. The association is also represented in the Sectoral Alliance for Education, Science and Sport, the Accreditation Board for Further Education of the Ministry of Education, and a number of other boards and committees. The focus of AIVD national and international projects is on improving the conditions of adult education in Slovakia, offering possibility of exchanging experiences and establishing partnerships.

For 28 years, AIVD as the largest professional association of its kind aims to:

  • promote the interests and needs of adult education institutions,
  • facilitating the development of its members,
  • concentrate professional capacities for solutions and development in this area,
  • cooperate with the state authorities and other entities in preparation and implementation of legislative and other measures of adult education,
  • certify Adult Education lecturers
  • organize events for AE professionals and the general public,
  • issue the magazine Vzdelávanie dospelých (56 printed magazines, then free online magazine on lifelong learning and adult education)
  • represent members and their activities with domestic and international associations

MISSION OF THE ASSOCIATION

The mission of the Association is to associate adult education institutions and to promote their common interests in accordance with needs of Slovakia; 

Aims of the Association are:

 a) to ensure the professional growth of its members and improvement of their services thus to contribute to improving quality of adult education,

 b) to submit proposals and to cooperate with public/state authorities in the preparation and implementation of legislative, organizational and financial measures in the field of adult education,

 c) to cooperate purposefully with similar domestic and international institutions, to coordinate collaboration and support the dissemination of information, to exchange knowledge and experience,

 d) to support the production of new, up-to-date educational programs and their compatibility with international standards,

 e) to organize educational events aimed at raising the quality of education,

 f) to support the process of certification of its members in cooperation with partners,

 g) to pursue editorial and publishing activities on a national level, publish periodicals and non- periodical publications including own magazine and promote up-to-date knowledge,h) to represent its members and their activities in international organizations. 

CODE OF ETHICST

the AIVD members follow the code of ethics, which establishes the basic rights and obligations of the Association members in relation to the clients, educational institutions and other AIVD members, and determines regulations for the Association members' activities. From obligations of the AIVD members the following has arisen:they offer and provide only such services that are in compliance with their competence, knowledge, experience and possible influence on their contractors (e.g. lecturers, renters of classrooms); before signing up an agreement they inform clients of the objectives, extent and duration of educational undertakings, availability and qualifications of the lecturers for particular educational undertakings, knowledge and skills of the audience that are substantial requirements for successful passing and leaving of educational undertakings, and whether educational aids are included in the price for the educational undertaking as well as of the estimated price and=a way of its determination;the AIVD members are obliged to keep confidentiality of all information they gained in connection with development and execution of educational activities for the clients, only clients are authorised to exempt them from this obligation.

ACTIVITIES OF THE ASSOCIATION PROFESSIONAL UNDERTAKINGS

 The Association organises professional undertakings on special subjects for its members to focus on problem topics in the area of further education of adults. Lately the most positive response has been received at the seminars oriented to:

- strategy of further education for the 21st Century;

- occupation standards and education standards;·       

- marketing and management in further education;

- professional qualifications in further education;

- education quality standards.

 

EDITORIAL ACTIVITIES

The Association issues the journal ADULT EDUCATION. In the magazine the following topics are presented: expert opinions exchange and experience exchange; wide communication between the theory and practice; theoretical reflection of the present level of adult education and prospects in development of further education of adults; nformation about new trends in further education area. 

LECTURER CERTIFIED COURSE

The Association offers the lecturers the opportunity to increase their professional qualifications at the lecturer certified course.PLANS FOR THE FUTUREThe Association plans to further develop its activities in the areas supporting expert and professional levels of its members and further education quality in Slovakia.

 

In addition to the above mentioned activities the Association plans to focus in:methodical aid for educational institutions, issuing of methodical guidelines; accreditation of educational institutions; co-operation with European educational institutions and achieving membership at international organisations; organising study stays in abroad; training and information about assistance programmes in EU; legislation problems and funding of adult education; creation of the effective system on co-operation and exchange of information on the AIVD members' activities. 

THE ASSOCIATION BODIES

  • General Assembly of the Members
  • Executive Committee
  • Auditing Commission

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE MEMBERS is the top Association body. It decides upon all the Association's matters arising from the general terms of regulations and memorandum of AIVD association. The executive committee calls the session of the General Assembly minimally once a year. 

THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE is the statutory and managing body of the Association. It accounts for its actions to the General Assembly of the Members. At the head of the Executive Committee is the President of AIVD who is elected by the General Assembly of the Members. President of Association is authorised to act on behalf of the Association at all its matters.

THE AUDITING COMMISSION is the inspection and control body of the Association. It submits its reports and findings to the Executive Committee and General Assembly. 

 

CONTACTS

AIVD secretary: tajomnik@aivd.sk

Klaudius Šilhár, AIVD president: prezident@aivd.sk

Address: AIVD, Gondova 2, 814 99 Bratislava, Slovakia

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