2.10 Current debates and reforms
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Forthcoming policy developments
The Strategy of Children and Youth Education for Volunteering was adopted in April 2018. Within the strategy, several measures related to the implementation of the strategy in practice were accepted. The creation of educational programs for teachers at the various schools for education for volunteering, which was based on the service-learning strategy, can be considered the most significant. The training is currently provided by Platform of Volunteer Centers and organization.
The two important documents are in 2021 in preparation. The first is Strategy for Youth; the second document is Strategy for Civil Society Development. Both documents should be adopted in April 2021 by the Slovak Government.
As significant, we can also consider the non-profit sector and civil society research, which started to be implemented in 2018 under the auspices of the Office of the Plenipotentiary of the Slovak Republic Government for the Civil Society Development. The research is carried out within the project called 'Better public policies through better knowledge of civil society', which is financed from the European Social Fund under the Effective Public Administration programme. The critical part of the research is also volunteering. The study results are expected to contribute to changes in public policies in several areas, including volunteering.
The ongoing debates are part of the Action plan of Strategy for Civil Society Development for 2020 and 2021. They are focusing on legislation changes regarding volunteering and preparing the financial mechanisms for supporting long-term volunteering programs.