Number of international and European documents legally and/or politically oblige BiH to respect certain standards in the field of education. The Law on Adult Education defines non-formal adult education as: “an organized process of learning and education, aimed at training, specialization and complementation of knowledge, skills and abilities, according to components of the formal education program (modules), and special programs for acquiring knowledge, skills and capabilities.” Non-formal education can be organized within educational institutions and specialized CSOs which meet the requirements of the program they perform.

In accordance with major human rights instruments, democracy and human rights issues were introduced to primary and secondary schools in BiH, and continue to be in place up to day, in the form of extracurricular activities or units within other subjects. In the last ten years, civic education has become a part of the curriculum in most primary and secondary schools due to the adoption of the framework Primary and Secondary education Law in BiH (2003), and the Common Core of Curricula for Primary Schools (2003). Although the implementation of the latter is not equally applied to all parts of the country, the test results of pupils’ knowledge confirm that democracy and human rights contribute to the understanding of notions, principles, institutions and practices in the field of democracy, human rights and citizenship.

0 – 20 Fully disabling environment20 – 40 Disabling environment
40 – 60 Partially enabling environment60 – 80 Enabling environment
80 – 100 Fully enabling environment

In 2019 Center for Civil Society Promotion – CCSP was approved by Ministry of Education, Science and Youth of Canton Sarajevo (NAHLA got it earlier) for informal education of elder people and started again with its Academy for EU project. The academy is intended for employees of local self-government units, ministries, cantonal public companies, institutes, institutions and other institutions, civil society organizations, business entities, as well as individuals who wish to improve their knowledge and skills in these fields. Most trainings are offered in large cities.

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