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6. Education and Training

6.7 Skills for innovation

Last update: 28 November 2023
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  1. Innovation in formal education
  2. Fostering innovation through non-formal and informal learning and youth work

Innovation in formal education

This area is not fully covered in Slovakia by any specific subject in formal education.

The integrated theme Project creation and presentation skills is a compulsory part of the State educational programme for higher secondary education ISCED 3A develops some competencies supporting innovation skills.

The goal of this integrated theme:

  • learn about self-management, team management, creating the work schedule,
  • get the necessary information, process them,
  • look for problems that need to be addressed, name them appropriately,
  • hypothesis creation, verification, and others.  

Fostering innovation through non-formal and informal learning and youth work

National ESF project Komprax by IUVENTA - Slovak Youth Insitute in 2011-2015, was the largest national initiative to support non-formal education in youth work. 

Most of the children and youth organizations supported by the Programmes for Youth of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic support innovation skills in their work.

However, there is no formal monitoring of the impact of these organizations' activities on the development of individual competencies. Activities of the Slovak Debate Association are an example how to support critical thinking, problem solving, argumentation, etc. Association organizes discussion clubs at primary, secondary and higher education institutions and other activities, as for example Summer Academy.