The aim of the research study was to provide an overview of development trajectories and flesh out challenges, potentials, and research needs of education policy at all education levels in eight countries in Southeast Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia and Serbia).

Research questions at the focus of the study included the following: What are the values contained within the education policy? Are education systems contributing to social justice and equality? Are education systems contributing to responsible citizenship and democratic activism? Are education systems empowering people to get decent work?

A comparative qualitative methodological design has been applied which included elaborate desk research and individual semi–structured interviews with relevant stakeholders from each respective country.