1.9 Current debates and reforms
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In 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic hit the Czech Republic and as the Youth Policy field was already in turbulent conditions, structural and personal changes undergoing at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports moved the activities of the Youth Policy to the operational level. By the end of 2020, the Youth Strategy terminated without any other strategic follow-up. The fields of Non-formal education and Youth Organizations were added as a part to the Education 2030+ Strategy with the aim of ensuring the predictability for youth organizations. Administratively the agenda is connected with the primary education field, which opens questions about the main focus group and options to target the 15+ old young people and their activities and participation. However, one of the main corresponding state priorities is to support the connections between formal and non-formal education. No special publically available documents to the development are present, however between the years 2021 - beginning 2022 the Ministry prepares an internal Action Plan for the field of Youth for the years 2022 - 2023. The draft version was consulted with the representatives of interested umbrella actors from the field.
The policy and structural changes in the Ministry lead to the "disappearing" of the youth policy from the public debate, however, the new government marked the priorities in further development in the Governmental statement to maintain and widen the support to youth work and for connecting formal and non-formal education. Since autumn 2021 also public and expert assemblies on the topic took place in cooperation with the NGOs and political level - especially the Senate and the new minister of education, youth and sports. Within the House of Deputies of the Czech Parliament also the Subcommittee for Leisure Time and Youth continue working in the period after the election 2021. The main focus seems to be to cope with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemics, mental health, social inequalities and practical steps to support youth work and its financing within the NGOs and youth organizations sector.