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Challenges: Slovenia


One of the most pressing challenges to citizenship education within formal education is related to the teaching staff of the compulsory subject ‘Patriotic and citizenship education and ethics’ at the lower secondary school level. Since only one hour per week is dedicated to citizenship education, educators who teach citizenship education are primarily focused on other subjects, such as history, geography, mother tongue. There are no specific requirements or qualifications for teachers of this subject. Thus, the subject is too often thought by teachers who do not have enough knowledge on topics of citizenship education and are not familiar enough with the teaching approaches relevant for this subject. Therefore, this challenge needs prompt systematic solution so that only qualified and skilled teaching staff would be involved in teaching the aforementioned subject[1].

Another challenge connected with the compulsory subject are ongoing controversies over the educational agenda of citizenship education in Slovene public education, especially in regard to prioritizing its aims and objectives. One such issue is whether the citizenship education should (and to what extent) prioritize patriotism. As a result of this controversy, the subject's name has been changed in 2008 from ‘Citizenship education and Ethics’ to ‘Citizenship and Patriotic Education and Ethics’ and again in 2013 to ‘Patriotic and Citizenship Culture and Ethics’.

Within the non-formal citizenship education there is wide variety of actors and correspondingly large number of small-scale projects. While they are of great importance in terms of addressing different topics relevant to the citizenship education, they are at the same time small-scale in regard to their duration and impact. In this regard, better coordination and cooperation between great varieties of activities by different actors active in the field of citizenship education is needed. While different organisations do implement diverse projects directly relevant to the field, they rarely (or, at least, not sufficiently) collaborate and have joint activities[2].

Country Profile: Slovenia


Pikalo, Jernej, Tit Neubauer, Blaž Ilc, Simona Bezjak, Daniel Popović, Maja Bahor, Žiga Vodovnik, Domen Dovgan, Marinko Banjac, Petra Podobnikar, Tomaž Pušnik, Maja Turnšek Hančič, Špela Močnik and Aleksandra Zavadlav. 2011. Strategija razvoja državljanske vzgoje v Republiki Sloveniji. [Strategy of citizenship education development in the Republic of Slovenia]. Ljubljana: Fakulteta za družbene vede.
Močnik, Špela and Tit Neubauer. 2010. Neformalne oblike državljanske vzgoje: raziskovalno poročilo. [Non-formal Citizenship education: research report]. Ljubljana: Fakulteta za družbene vede.

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European societies, albeit at different paces, have undergone profound changes in the fabric of their populations due to EU enlargement, European Citizenship, globalization and migration processes. Traditional concepts of citizenship and citizenship education in Europe have to be revised in the light of these developments.

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