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With financial support from the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the DVV International has set up a project in South Eastern Europe which networks adult education organisations  in  Bosnia and Herzegovina,   Kosovo, Macedonia  and Serbia. The aim of the project, which is conducted under the Stability Pact, is to build up a framework for cooperation in the region in order to exploit the potential of adult education (AE) for the development of the social structure. By collaborating with AE providers, the project is helping to enhance initial and continuing trainig opportunities, especially for socially weaker sections of the population, thereby improving the circumstances of their lives. The project is intended to promote integration of the socially disadvantaged and ethnic minorities and to give them the chance to play a part in the democratic shaping of society.

In the light of impending accession to the European Union, adult education in South Eastern Europe needs to be drawn into professional cooperation at an international and European level.

The project sets out to:

  1. improve the quality and range of educational provision
  2. raise public awareness of the adult education sector in the Balkan region
  3. unlock the innovative potential of adult education through cooperation with partner organizations in the region
  4. create nationwide access to educational provision for all target groups

The project focuses on:

  1. increasing employability / vocational continuing education and training
  2. promoting the socially disadvantaged and marginalized groups of the population
  3. encouraging participatory teaching (active citizenship)
  4. creating and developing sustainable AE institutions (institution building)

Principles and Structures

  1. The project sets out to treat the situation in each state involved individually.
  2. Local emphases ensure that those involved on the ground are interested and committed.
  3. All activities rest on the principle of partnership and voluntary involvement.
  4. The professional content of the project is managed by a team of coordinators comprising representatives of all participating countries, headed by the Regional Administrator located in Sarajevo.



Sarajevo is the largest and the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is located in the east part of Sarajevo-Zenica vale on the river Miljacka which is the right affluent of the river Bosna. After an estimation in 2003 Sarajevo has had approximately 581 000 citizens while the whole area of Canton Sarajevo had approximately 765 000 citizens. Sarajevo was founded in 15th century, not long after the Ottoman conquerors occupied Bosnia. After that Sarajevo became an important commerce center and one of the largest cities of the whole region. Sarajevo was burnt in the campaign of the Eugen Savojski against Ottoman Empire in 1697. After the occupation of Austro-Hungary over Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1878, Sarajevo has rapidly modernised and the immigration from all sides of monarchy has intensified the character of the city. The Olympic Winter Games were held in Sarajevo in 1984.


Banja Luka

Banja Luka is the second largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and it is economic and cultural center of The Republic of Srpska. 250 000 citizens are living in the city region, and 180 000 in the city alone. Banja Luka is located on the both sides of the river Vrbas which is one of the most beautiful mountain rivers. Over Banja Luka there is a hill Banj from where one can see the whole city.


Tuzla is one of the largest cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and it is the centre of Tuzla Municipality North-East of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It approximately has 165 000 citizens. Tuzla is from North-West surrounded with mountain chain of Majevica, and from South-West with mountains Ozren, Konjuh and Javorik. Tuzla is aligned in contact zone of Dinaridi of Panonska lowland. It is known as a salt city and as one of the oldest places in Europe with continuity of living.



Mostar is the largest city in Herzegovina and it is located on the shores of river Neretva. It is the governing center of Hercegovačko-Neretvanska County. Mostar was named after the bridge keepers (mostari). After an estimation in 2003 Mostar has had approximately 105 500 citizens in 57 settlements. The Old Bridge is located in Mostar and it was the first monument from Bosnia and Herzegovina to be protected by UNESCO. Mostar is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Bihać is the capital of Bihać Municipality in the North-West part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and it is governing centre of Unsko-Sanska County. Surface of this Municipality is approximately 900 km2. In 1995 the surface was approximately 689 km2 and by the closure of Dayton Agreement a part of a prewar Municipality Drvar was annexed to Municipality Bihać. In 1991 there were 70 732 and in 2003 60 707 citizens living in Bihać. River Una is what makes Bihać a very beautiful place.


Gračanica is a city and Municipality in North-East part of Bosnia and Herzegovina and it is a part of Tuzla County. It covers a large part of river Spreča vale and a part of a mountain Trebava. In 1991 prewar Gračanica Municipality contained 28 settlements and had 59 134 citizens. After a war in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Dayton Agreement from one part of Gračanica Municipality, Petrovo Municipality was formed which is located it The Republic of Srpska. Today Gračanica Municipality consists of 18 settlements and has 54 542 citizens.


Livno is a city in South-West part of Bosnia and Herzegovina with 10 000 citizens in the city and 32 450 in the whole Municipality. It is the most important city of Canton Livno and its cultural and economic center. Livno is a city with rich history. This can be seen in the old, eastern part of Livno, Gornji Grad or Fehri which is the historical nucleus of Livno founded during the 400 years long Ottoman occupation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Livno is Famous for its cheese, Livanjski sir.


Višegrad is the capital of Višegrad Municipality in the East part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is located by the river Drina. In 1991 Višegrad had 6 902 and the whole Municipality had 21 199 citizens. It is located on the great vale of river Drina. Višegrad vale has one of the rare amplification in the flux of river Drina which partially consists of high canyons and mountains. Višegrad is famous for the novel “Na Drini ćuprija” which was written by Ivo Andrić who got the Nobel price for literature for this piece in 1961.


Gradačac is a city and capital of Gradačac Municipality in North-East part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is located at the slopes of Majevica. Gradačac is famous for Tower of Husein-beg Gradaščević, known as Gradina and it is the symbol of this city. Gradačac is located near Bosanski Šamac, Modriča and Odžak.



The old city and tower Počitelj are located in the vale of river Neretva. It is 3 km away from Čapljina. Počitelj was the main base in the defense from the Turks. This tower was built by King Tvrtko in 1383 and it had a strategic role. From there the path that led to the see by the Neretva vale was controlled. Today, the historic city Počitelj which was built under the tower has an eastern look and it is a touristic attraction.