10.8 Current debates and reforms
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The new state Strategy on Education 2030+ was created and no new post-2020 National Youth Strategy 2021 is planning.
Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports deals mainly with direct support towards youth NGOs through the subsidy programmes and focus on the topics how to strengthen the connection between formal and non-formal education, provides as well by the youth organizations.
On the level of state agencies, the National Institute for Further Education and the National Institute for Education have merged into the National Pedagogy Institute since the 1st of January 2020. Within the Institute new Unit for Non-formal and Leisure-based education is being created. The main focus by the public agency supporting youth work is connected with the implementation of the Erasmus+ Programme and the European Solidarity Corps.
The main focus in the field is put by the Education Strategy 2030+ on the connections and added value of non-formal education and formal education with aims to better equip young people with competencies relevant for professional, personal and civic life and for lowering inequalities in education.
The sector is also preparing for the Czech EU Presidency in the second half of 2022.
The ongoing debates reflect the changes and processes in policy and public structures development. The discussions about the Youth Work development are rather on expert than public bases, and their further continuation waits until the administration transformation process have finished in working structural environment with a stable personal situation.
As The new Education 2030+ Strategy foresees more linking of Leisure-based Education within the school segment, further discussion is needed to clear the future situation up.
An action plan for the field of Youth and Connections between formal and non-formal education for the period 2022 - 2023 is in preparation by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.
Additional support was provided to cope with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and further development is not clear yet. The pandemic hit with the need of social distancing also the youth sector, and since the pandemic started, crises, preventive and operational issues are discussed according to the pandemic development.
In October 2021, a national election could significantly impact the public debate; however, youth work is not a main priority of the election debate.