10.8 Current debates and reforms
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The new state Strategy on Education 2030+ was created and is gradually being implemented. After a couple of years of hesitation, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports agreed that a new post-2020 National Youth Strategy should be developed during 2023.
An action plan for the field of Youth and Connections between formal and non-formal education for the period 2022 - 2023 was approved by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports in the end off 2022 and should serve as an interim plan until the new national Youth Strategy is created and approved.
So far, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports deals mainly with direct support towards youth NGOs through the subsidy programmes. It also focuses on how to strengthen connections between formal and non-formal education. This scope should be enlarged again after the re-establishment of the full-fledged Youth Department in 2023.
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, a new Unit for Non-formal and Leisure-based education was created and it aims at supporting the work of the Ministry.
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 basis though.
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.
Additional support was provided to schools, as well as the youth NGOs in order to cope with the impacts of the Russian aggression to Ukraine and subsequently child and youth refugees arriving in the country.