Regional and local youth policy in Slovakia
Research identification sheet ID: DAYR 019
Authors of research: Alžbeta Brozmanová Gregorová, Peter Jusko, Lívia Nemcová, Lenka Vavrinčíková, Patrícia Zolyomiová, Pedagogical faculty of Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica (PgF UMB)
Period of data collection: September – November 2007
Data collection: authors of the research and students of PgF UMB
The research was done under the financial support of Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic through the program of IUVENTA in Bratislava. Union of Slovak towns and cities cooperated over the creation of the research philosophy and data collection. The aim of the research was to analyse regional and local youth policy in Slovakia focusing on non-formal learning, participation, information and voluntary activities of young people. The first level was represented by youth policy of High Regional Authorities (HRA) (county, district region).
Second level was focused on youth policy in towns and cities. We looked over youth policy on the level of conception, realization, support and cooperation. It was evaluated by both as self-government representatives of High Regional Authorities (8) and town/cities so representatives of youth organizations and organizations working with youth.
To enhance the return of the questioners, after the first deadline we repeatedly asked to fill in necessary data by mail or by phone. We carried out semi-structured dialogues with youth representatives.
We requested the representatives of all 138 towns and cities in Slovakia. We obtained empirical date all in all from 80 towns/cities (backflow of the questioners was 58%). The information from the youth representatives was sent only from 58 places.
Results of the research:
1. On the conceptual and realization level we are finding sharp regional and local differences.
2. HRA is concentrated on processing of conceptual scheme of youth policy in regions. There are some towns/cities without any conception of youth policy.
3. We have found only a few young people (age up to 30) among elected bodies in local and regional self-governments (it rather seems to be exception).
4. Committees for work with youth are still not perceive as important self-governments advisory boards.
5. Professionals in the offices for work with youth are not specialized on youth problems but their duties and functions are cumulated together with the problems of education, sport and culture.
6. The representatives of youth organizations and those who are working with youth are more active at looking for possible cooperation
7. The least attention is paid to the voluntary activities of young people.
1. To prepare educational program for civil servants from municipalities about youth policy and work with youth. 2. To increase the number of youth representatives in elected and supervisory boards of municipalities
3. Developing of youth parliaments as the tools for young people to be involved into decision- making processes. 4. In the frame of municipalities to establish systematized posts for self reliant workers relating to the questions of youth.
5. To support exchange of experience and “good practices” at solving young people. problems.
Brozmanová Gregorová, A. – Jusko, P. – Nemcová, L. – Vavrinčíková, L. –Zolyomiová, P.: Youth-Town-Region. ( Youth Regional and Local Policy in Slovakia focused on non-formal learning, participation, informadness/awareness and volunteering of young people). Banská Bystrica: 2008. Download 1 (389.37 KB) Download 2 (175.9 KB)
Research tools accessibility: Questioner (74.30 KB) Script of semi-structured dialog (65.62 KB)
Data file availability: not available
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Quotation: Regional and local youth policy in Slovakia (2007)