Financing vocational education and training: Priorities and mechanisms in South Eastern Europe - Peer learning 2006

This report presents an overview of discussions on policy issues in education finance that policymakers and VET experts from Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro had in the context of the ETF 2006 peer learning project. During their visits to Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro, the peers concluded that all countries are facing similar problems, but they are each trying to solve them in different ways. The financing systems are centrally managed, sometimes in a deconcentrated way, and schools have no or little autonomy. Education is underfunded and there is little private financing. Donor funding is not always aligned to nationally-owned policies. Is finance a tool to finetune VET reforms to better outcomes or is it in fact the major player which directs both policy and strategy?
This report presents an overview of discussions on policy issues in education finance that policymakers and VET experts from Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro had in the context of the ETF 2006 peer learning project. During their visits to Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro, the peers concluded that all countries are facing similar problems, but they are each trying to solve them in different ways. The financing systems are centrally managed, sometimes in a deconcentrated way, and schools have no or little autonomy. Education is underfunded and there is little private financing. Donor funding is not always aligned to nationally-owned policies. Is finance a tool to finetune VET reforms to better outcomes or is it in fact the major player which directs both policy and strategy?