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EACEA National Policies Platform: Youthwiki


6. Education and Training

6.2 Administration and governance

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  1. Cross-sectorial cooperation
  2. Governance

Cross-sectorial cooperation

The “0-24 cooperation” is a cross-sectoral initiative of the Directorate of Health, the Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs, the Directorate of Labour and Welfare, the Directorate for Integration and Diversity and the Directorate for Education to support and strengthen necessary coordination and cooperation in counties and municipalities, for the benefit of children and young people and their families. There is a specific emphasis on increasing the successful completion rate in upper secondary school [videregående skole].

The Ministry of Culture, and the Ministry of Education and Research cooperate on drafting and implementing policy on youth culture, as many of the youth culture programmes are aimed towards young people in schools.


The Norwegian Parliament and the Government define the goals and decide the framework for the education sector. The Ministry of Education and Research is responsible for primary and secondary school, upper secondary and tertiary vocational education and higher education sectors,  kindergartens, cultural schools, vocational education and training and adult learning. The Ministry is also responsible for research and integration.

The ministry is supported by several subordinate agencies, which include:

The main non-public actors taking part in the development of policies in the field of education and training for young people include:

The administration of the education system is divided into three levels: central level, county level, and municipal level with different responsibilities:

  • The Ministry of Education and Research has the overall responsibility for the institutions of higher education and research.

  • The counties are responsible for upper secondary education, for the running of the schools, the intake of pupils and the appointment of teachers.

  • The municipalities are responsible for kindergartens, primary and lower secondary education (compulsory education), for the running of the schools, the building and maintenance of school buildings, the intake of pupils and the appointment of teachers.

See also Eurydice Country Description Norway, Chapter 2 on: