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The most important document in this respect is the National Strategy for the Development of Culture (Narodowa Strategia Rozwoju Kultury), initially effective until 2013 and currently available as the addendum of 2014, which is valid until 2020. An element of the Strategy is the Operational Programme: Cultural education and popularisation of culture (Program operacyjny: Edukacja kulturalna i upowszechniania kultury), of which young people are an important beneficiary.
The main objective of the Programme has an extensive definition, nonetheless it includes a stipulation on the preparation of children and youth for active participation in culture and on creating conditions for the development of creative activity and enriching the cultural offer addressed to a wide range of beneficiaries. More details, which are relevant to the young generation can be found in the description of the tasks that qualify for implementation under the Programme. The first four of these are: (1) enriching the offer of free time management by organising workshops, courses and training in all fields of arts: theatre, visual arts, literature, music, film, and so on; (2) providing financial support to social campaigns that promote reading, especially among children and young people; (3) tasks in the field of film education addressed primarily to young audiences, initiated by various entities, and in particular, a network of arthouses; and (4) popularising the achievements of children, young people and university students (competitions, concerts, reviews, exhibitions, etc.). The fifth task refers to the development of the cultural and educational function of libraries, including their unapparent function as local centres for education and information on cultural, educational, recreational and tourism activities, which should also be considered important to young people, especially in places where the remaining cultural and social infrastructure is not sufficient.
The implementation of the National Strategy is the responsibility of the Department of Intellectual Property and Media Cooperation with Local Governments and Dissemination of Culture at the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The document also contains information on monitoring activities, whereby the entities that carry out the particular tasks must agree to being inspected by the Department’s representatives.
As mentioned above, the document was amended and extended, however this was done under the PO-PSL government (in 2014). The changes concerned an update of the diagnosis, an extension of the objectives to those contained in the National Development Plan for 2007-2013 and the designing of a system for the implementation and monitoring of the Strategy. This strategy is one of the documents referenced on the internet page of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. As such it can be understood to be actual government policy.