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Greece:Adult Education and Training Funding

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Greece:Political, Social and Economic Background and Trends

Greece:Historical Development

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Greece:Population: Demographic Situation, Languages and Religions

Greece:Political and Economic Situation

Greece:Organisation and Governance

Greece:Fundamental Principles and National Policies

Greece:Lifelong Learning Strategy

Greece:Organisation of the Education System and of its Structure

Greece:Organisation of Private Education

Greece:National Qualifications Framework

Greece:Administration and Governance at Central and/or Regional Level

Greece:Administration and Governance at Local and/or Institutional Level

Greece:Statistics on Organisation and Governance

Greece:Funding in Education

Greece:Early Childhood and School Education Funding

Greece:Higher Education Funding

Greece:Adult Education and Training Funding

Greece:Early Childhood Education and Care

Greece:Organisation of Programmes for Children under 4 years

Greece:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children under 4 years

Greece:Assessment in Programmes for Children under 4 years

Greece:Organisation of Programmes for Children over 4 years

Greece:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children over 4 years

Greece:Assessment in Programmes for Children over 4 years

Greece:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Early Childhood Education and Care

Greece:Primary Education

Greece:Organisation of Primary Education

Greece:Teaching and Learning in Primary Education

Greece:Assessment in Primary Education

Greece:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Primary Education

Greece:Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Greece:Organisation of General Lower Secondary Education

Greece:Teaching and Learning in General Lower Secondary Education

Greece:Assessment in General Lower Secondary Education

Greece:Organisation of General Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Teaching and Learning in General Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Assessment in General Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Organisation of Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Teaching and Learning in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Assessment in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Organisation of Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Greece:Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Greece:Assessment in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Greece:Higher Education

Greece:Types of Higher Education Institutions

Greece:First Cycle Programmes

Greece:Bachelor

Greece:Short-Cycle Higher Education

Greece:Second Cycle Programmes

Greece:Programmes outside the Bachelor and Master Structure

Greece:Third Cycle (PhD) Programmes

Greece:Adult Education and Training

Greece:Distribution of Responsibilities

Greece:Developments and Current Policy Priorities

Greece:Main Providers

Greece:Main Types of Provision

Greece:Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

Greece:Teachers and Education Staff

Greece:Initial Education for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Conditions of Service for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece: Initial Education for Academic Staff in Higher Education

Greece:Conditions of Service for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Greece:Continuing Professional Development for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Greece:Initial Education for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Conditions of Service for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Management and Other Education Staff

Greece:Management Staff for Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Staff Involved in Monitoring Educational Quality for Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Education Staff Responsible for Guidance in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Other Education Staff or Staff Working with Schools

Greece:Management Staff for Higher Education

Greece:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Higher Education

Greece:Management Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Quality Assurance

Greece:Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Greece:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Educational Support and Guidance

Greece:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

Greece:Separate Special Education Needs Provision in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Support Measures for Learners in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

Greece:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

Greece:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

Greece:Mobility and Internationalisation

Greece:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Mobility in Higher Education

Greece:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

Greece:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

Greece:Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments

Greece:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

Greece:National Reforms in School Education

Greece:National Reforms in Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning

Greece:National Reforms in Higher Education

Greece:National Reforms related to Transversal Skills and Employability

Greece:European Perspective

Greece:Legislation

Greece:Institutions

Greece:Glossary

Funding

The General-Secretariat for Lifelong Learning and Youth of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs is the main administrative body for lifelong learning in Greece. Its mission is to design public policy of lifelong learning, to formulate the relevant rules, to prepare the corresponding national program and to monitor its implementation. It is funded from the regular budget (Total appropriation of body, 2016: €4.05m) to cover the cost of manpower and operating expenses for performing transfer payments and subsidies (Total appropriation for transfer payments, 2016: €6.37m) to public law legal entities (local government bodies, agricultural, craft, industrial and tourist organizations), as well as to natural or legal persons and organizations.

The Operational Programme “Human Resource Development-Education and Lifelong Learning” of the Partnership Agreement for the Development Framework (PA) 2014-2020 is structured on 12 Priority Axes of which the seventh (7th) Priority Axis, (which is in the liability of the Ministry of Education) relates to enhancing lifelong adult education and training and to improving its relevance to the labour market. Through this, specific programs are selected and integrated from carriers implementing adult education actions (for example: Secretariat-General for Lifelong Learning, Foundation of Youth and Lifelong Learning, the Greek Open University, tertiary trade unions of employees and employers co-signing the National Collective Employment Agreement, the tertiary trade union of civil servants, etc.). Public lifelong learning structures that operate in our country include Institutes of Vocational Training, Centres for Lifelong Learning, Second Chance Schools, the Schools for Parents and the Greek Open University.

The relevant financing table for the above mentioned strategic objective is as follows:

Priority Axes/ 

Strategic objectives (Liability of the Ministry of Education)

EU participation (in million euros)

National participation (in million euros)

Total funding (in billion euros)

 

Improvement of the quality of the educational system and lifelong learning

898,2

261,5

1,19

Fees Paid by Learners

Lifelong learning provided by public institutions is free of charge.

As of 2013-1014 for the first time public Vocational Training Institutes (IEK) offer free of charge attendance to anyone being interested in the specializations provided (Law 4186/2013). Tuition fees in private IEKs vary.

In addition, the attendance of courses at Lifelong Learning Centers, Schools for Parents and Second Chance Schools is free.

Lastly, the students of the Greek Open University pay tuition fees of approximately €550 per thematic section for undergraduate programmes and €650 for postgraduate, depending on the modules they choose (from 1 to 12 per anum).

Financial Support for Adult Learners

Measures of financial support for adults include the following:

  • The particular objective of the Partnership Agreement Human Resources Development-Education and Lifelong Learning 2014-2020 (Priority Axis 2 in the liability of the Ministry of Education) is to increase the percentage of the unemployed who have received accredited training, with emphasis put on the longterm unemploeyd, and the unemploeued who have not been integrated in higher education. Indicative key actions of the project are: -programmes targeted to linking training with work-based learning and occupation in leading-edge sectors of the Greek economy which lead to accreditation, -training vouchers for the unemployed, in sectors of economic activity where occupation is guaranteed.
  • According to Law 3879/2010, incentives are adopted for the development of lifelong learning and the updating of the knowledge, the skills and the competences of the human resources of the country. Those incentives include the launch of individual training accounts with the involvement of both the employer and the employee, within the context of the collective employment agreements. The employees withdraw money from those accounts to meet their educational needs. The state can also financially participate in such accounts as well.
  • The Hellenic Open University (EAP) awards excellence scholarships every academic year for undergraduate and postgraduate studies in scientific Thematic Units. In addition, the EAP is granting scholarships pertaining to total or partial fee waiver; such scholarships are granted based on a combination of economic, social and academic criteria.

Private Education

 It includes the following:

The above private non formal education bodies are licensed in accordance with the provisions of Law 4093/2012. More specifically, the National Organization for the Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance (NOCQVG) is responsible for licensing the operation of Private Centers for Lifelong Learning of Level I and II. With regard to the licensing of private vocational training institutes and Colleges, the body responsible is the Directorate of the European Union of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs.

The aforementioned bodies are themselves responsible for setting and collecting the applicable tuition fees. The Observatory of tuition fees of the General-Secretariat for Commerce http://app.gge.gov.gr/ includes information on private non-formal education structures (Vocational Training Institutes, Colleges - Level I Centers Lifelong Learning).