8.8 Synergies and partnerships
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Although the Youth Advisory Board of the Republic of Croatia is an inter-sectoral body comprised of representatives of local and regional levels of government and the national level (ministries), as well as representatives of the academic community and educational institutions and youth organizations, the National Youth Program is created through the inter-sectoral approach and in the implementation of measures it also implies the cooperation of various Ministries, state and governmental bodies, and civil society organizations. One of the good examples is the Service-learning programme implemented through ESF - European Social Fund. The objectives of this program are:
- Strengthen the professional, analytical and advocacy capacities of civil society organizations through cooperation with higher education institutions;
- Establish viable programs of service-learning at higher education institutions as part of a systematic approach to strengthening the social responsibility of professors and students.
Although the framework of this program is to be welcomed, the different ways in which these systems operate, i.e. the differences in formal procedures that are subject to these areas of action, have led to the achievement of the set goals and the achievement of the desired results to a level that is dependent on the good will of individuals and their personal interest. Namely, the procedure for introducing changes within the official education curriculum at faculties and academies largely deviates from the dynamics of work and the manner of functioning of the non-formal education programs, as well as the bidding cycles themselves. Thus, successful implementation, in its essence of rigid project programs, is dependent on individuals and their interest in introducing some innovations in the academic framework and establishing cooperation with non-formal education programs of civil society organizations and other actors from the non-academic field.
Currently, there are no systematic partnerships between culture and creative sectors, youth organisations and youth workers.