10.7 Raising awareness about youth work
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The Czech Republic uses the Eurodesk network, which focuses on information concerning mobilities, non-formal educational activities for young people and international youth work.
A system of National Youth Information Centers was in place, see details in chapter 6.9 'Awareness-raising about non-formal and informal learning'). However, through the educational policy transformation, this state system was cancelled since the 1st of January 2020.
From the state perspective, the information providers are formal schooling facilities, leisure-based education facilities, partially expert semi-budgetary organizations such as National Pedagogy Institute and the Czech National Agency for International Education and Research, and mainly NGOs dealing with Youth Work.
Since 1st of September 2018, started a project of the National Institute for Further Education (since 1st of January 2020 The National Pedagogy Institute) called '"Interconnecting formal and Non-Formal, including Leisure-based education".
The main goal of the project is to support the cooperation between teachers and youth workers who should be perceive together as partners by the common goal of developing the competencies of Children and Young People.
The project period is 2018 - 2021 and the costs are covered by the EU ESF Fund and the state budget of the Czech Republic.
Among the outcomes linked to youth work awareness-raising, a publication and promo videos are in preparation.
No further specific initiatives are being organised by the state with the focus on raising awareness about non-formal education and its forms.