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Slovenia:Adult Education and Training

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Slovenia:Political, Social and Economic Background and Trends

Slovenia:Historical Development

Slovenia:Main Executive and Legislative Bodies

Slovenia:Population: Demographic Situation, Languages and Religions

Slovenia:Political and Economic Situation

Slovenia:Organisation and Governance

Slovenia:Fundamental Principles and National Policies

Slovenia:Lifelong Learning Strategy

Slovenia:Organisation of the Education System and of its Structure

Slovenia:Organisation of Private Education

Slovenia:National Qualifications Framework

Slovenia:Administration and Governance at Central and/or Regional Level

Slovenia:Administration and Governance at Local and/or Institutional Level

Slovenia:Statistics on Organisation and Governance

Slovenia:Funding in Education

Slovenia:Early Childhood and School Education Funding

Slovenia:Higher Education Funding

Slovenia:Adult Education and Training Funding

Slovenia:Early Childhood Education and Care

Slovenia:Organisation of Programmes for all Pre-Primary Education

Slovenia:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for all Pre-Primary Education

Slovenia:Assessment in Programmes for all Pre-Primary Education

Slovenia:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Early Childhood Education and Care

Slovenia:Single Structure Education (Integrated Primary and Lower Secondary Education)

Slovenia:Organisation of Single Structure Education

Slovenia:Teaching and Learning in Single Structure Education

Slovenia:Assessment in Single Structure Education

Slovenia:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Single Structure Education

Slovenia:Upper Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Slovenia:Organisation of General Upper Secondary Education

Slovenia:Teaching and Learning in General Upper Secondary Education

Slovenia:Assessment in General Upper Secondary Education

Slovenia:Organisation of Technical Upper Secondary Education

Slovenia:Teaching and Learning in Technical Upper Secondary Education

Slovenia:Assessment in Technical Upper Secondary Education

Slovenia:Organisation of Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Slovenia:Teaching and Learning in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Slovenia:Assessment in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Slovenia:Organisation of Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Slovenia:Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Slovenia:Assessment in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Slovenia:Higher Education

Slovenia:Types of Higher Education Institutions

Slovenia:First Cycle Programmes

Slovenia:Bachelor

Slovenia:Short-Cycle Higher Education

Slovenia:Second Cycle Programmes

Slovenia:Programmes outside the Bachelor and Master Structure

Slovenia:Third Cycle (PhD) Programmes

Slovenia:Adult Education and Training

Slovenia:Distribution of Responsibilities

Slovenia:Developments and Current Policy Priorities

Slovenia:Main Providers

Slovenia:Main Types of Provision

Slovenia:Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

Slovenia:Teachers and Education Staff

Slovenia:Initial Education for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovenia:Conditions of Service for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovenia:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovenia:Initial Education for Academic Staff in Higher Education

Slovenia:Conditions of Service for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Slovenia:Continuing Professional Development for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Slovenia:Initial Education for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Slovenia:Conditions of Service for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Slovenia:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Slovenia:Management and Other Education Staff

Slovenia:Management Staff for Early Childhood and School Education

Slovenia:Staff Involved in Monitoring Educational Quality for Early Childhood and School Education

Slovenia:Education Staff Responsible for Guidance in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovenia:Other Education Staff or Staff Working with Schools

Slovenia:Management Staff for Higher Education

Slovenia:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Higher Education

Slovenia:Management Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Slovenia:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Slovenia:Quality Assurance

Slovenia:Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovenia:Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Slovenia:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

Slovenia:Educational Support and Guidance

Slovenia:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

Slovenia:Separate Special Education Needs Provision in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovenia:Support Measures for Learners in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovenia:Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovenia:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

Slovenia:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

Slovenia:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

Slovenia:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

Slovenia:Mobility and Internationalisation

Slovenia:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovenia:Mobility in Higher Education

Slovenia:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

Slovenia:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovenia:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

Slovenia:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

Slovenia:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

Slovenia:Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments

Slovenia:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

Slovenia:National Reforms in School Education

Slovenia:National Reforms in Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning

Slovenia:National Reforms in Higher Education

Slovenia:National Reforms related to Transversal Skills and Employability

Slovenia:European Perspective

Slovenia:Legislation

Slovenia:Institutions

Slovenia:Glossary

At the national level the main responsibility for adult education and training lies with the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport and its Upper Secondary, Higher Vocational and Adult Education Directorate. More details about the distribution of responsibilities are available at Distribution of Responsibilities.

The central piece of legislation in the field is the Adult Education Act (SI) (adopted in 1996, amended in 2006). This act regulates non-formal education and learning of people who have fulfilled their basic education obligation and do not hold the status of a pupil or a student. According to this act, adult education is provided on the basis of the national long-term master plan adopted by the National Assembly. The current Adult Education Master Plan (SI) was adopted in 2013 and is valid through 2020. The vision of this Master Plan is to enable every adult in Slovenia to have the same possibilities for quality education in all periods of life. Adult education framework according to the Master Plan is presented in the table below. Please visit Developments and Current Policy Priorities page for further details.

The network of adult education providers comprises specialized adult education institutions as well as various organizations that offer adult education as a supplementary activity. They include units for adult education in basic schools, upper secondary schools and in higher education institutions; adult education centres called folk high schools; third age universities; ­educational centres in business companies and other organisations whose main activity is not education;­ privately owned adult education institutions and private not-for-profit institutes; associations, libraries, museums, galleries; chambers of commerce, chambers of craft and small business and other chambers; and driving schools (which are under the domain of the Ministry of the Interior). More information about the main providers is available at Main Providers, and you can find information about the main types of provision on Main Types of Provision.

Publicly subsidized adult education programmes include those that target basic skills; programmes aimed at achieving a formal educational qualification; programmes targeting the unemployed or those at risk of becoming redundant; and liberal (popular) adult education programmes.

Several adult education programmes that cover the area of basic skills have been developed through public funds. An important centrally developed framework programme is Training for success in life. This framework programme aims to increase literacy among adults, strengthen their social skills and encourage active citizenship. There are currently five specific programmes implemented within this framework. Other relevant programmes include digital literacy, project learning and language programmes. There are also adult education programmes that have been specifically designed for migrants.

Adults can also achieve all levels of formal educational qualifications. Acquiring basic school educational qualification is a legally guaranteed right and is free of charge at any age. Adults who wish to complete upper secondary education may enrol in regular upper secondary education programmes with special organisational adjustments for adults, provided they fulfil the requirements regarding previous education or any formally adopted special conditions for enrolment. Adults can also enrol in all levels of tertiary education programmes as part-time students.

Adult education and training targeting the transition to the labour market is organised within the broader framework of Active Labour Market Policy (ALMP), which is under the authority of the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities. Employment Service offers access to several programmes targeting registered unemployed jobseekers.

Three forms of liberal/popular education have been continuously receiving public funding, namely study circles, centres for independent learning and learning exchange.

Validation of non-formal and informal learning covers all levels of education. For details please visit Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning.

Table: Adult education categories in relation to knowledge acquisition and recognition in Slovenia

CATEGORY ACCORDING TO THE ADULT EDUCATION MASTER PLAN 2013–2020
KNOWLEDGE ACQUISITION

RECOGNITION

PRIORITY AREA
FORMAL /INFORMAL
TYPE OF PROGRAMME
CERTIFICATE/NO CERTIFICATE
1
non-formal general education
publicly recognised programmes (literacy and basic skills)
publicly recognised certificate
other courses, seminars, lectures
(optional) unofficial certificates issued by programme providers
2
formal education to acquire basic education
basic school for adults
basic school certificate
formal education to acquire upper secondary and tertiary qualification
Upper secondary (vocational, technical and general) education

Part-time short-cycle higher vocational studies
final vocational school certificate

master craftsman examination certificate
vocational matura certificate
general matura certificate

tertiary education certificate
3
formal education for labour market needs
supplementary education, specialisation
vocational qualification
master craftsman examination certificate
non-formal education for labour market needs
Active Labour Market Policy programmes, training, preparatory courses for exams leading to national vocational qualifications
unofficial certificates issued by programme providers