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EACEA National Policies Platform


10. Youth Work

Last update: 1 October 2021

Youth work tradition in Slovenia started approximately with Slovenian independence in 1991. Before 1991, Slovenia was part of Yugoslavia and “within this context there was a relatively strong youth movement, which helped form the basis later on for the development of youth work. An overview of youth work history in Slovenia can be found in the publication “Youth work in Slovenia from liberation to independence” (Mladinsko delo v Sloveniji od osvoboditve do osamosvojitve).

In 2010, Slovenia saw the adoption by the government of the Public Interest in the Youth SectorAct (Zakon o javnem interesu v mladinskem sektorju). Article 3 provides a legal definition for youth work, combining formal and non-formal aspects of youth work. The Public Interest in the Youth Sector Act identifies that the responsibility for governing the youth sector lies with the State, self-governing local communities and the self-governing national communities, where relevant (see Article 6). The Government of the Republic of Slovenia proposes a National Programme Youth for adoption by the National Assembly. This is the main document that forms youth policy agenda and specific policy measures in the field of youth work. Main national public authority is the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport and it’s autonomous body The Office ofthe Republic of Slovenia for Youth (Urad Republike Slovenije za mladino).

There is no specific national youth strategy on youth work in Slovenia; the Public Interest in theYouth Sector Act provides youth work with a legal basis.