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AREAS OF WORK

The Pre-School and Basic Education Directorate carries out tasks that ensure the implementation of activities in pre-school education, primary education (which includes the education of children with special needs and the guarantee of special rights for members of national minorities and ethnic groups in pre-school and primary education) and basic music education. The directorate publishes adopted education programs in pre-school education, primary education, music education and programs for the education of children with special needs. The directorate sets objectives and activities in its area of work, which form an integral part of the explanation of the ministry's financial plan; it also drafts business reports on planned and achieved business objectives, and notes successes achieved.


The Secondary, Higher Vocational and Adult Education Directorate performs administrative and expert tasks in secondary education, higher vocational education and adult education. The directorate draws up draft regulations, implements regulations, informs the public about professional and legislative issues, carries out tasks relating to financing, international networking and cooperation and plans, and develops strategic bases to regulate education policies, and prepares a national program for adult education. Higher vocational education complements or completes the range of services in tertiary education.


The Higher Education Directorate performs tasks that ensure the implementation of activities in higher education.

- Higher Education Division
- ENIC-NARIC centre, and
- Structural Fund Division for higher education and science.

 

Science Directorate performs tasks that ensure the implementation of activities in science and research.

- Science Division
 

ENIC-NARIC centre is a competent authority for assessment and recognition of education in the Republic of Slovenia and is a national academic recognition information centre, according to the Act of Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region. ENIC-NARIC centre collects and provides information on Slovenian and foreign educational systems and is included in the ENIC-NARIC centre's network.)


The International Cooperation and EU Office ensures the appropriate promotion of the interests of the Republic of Slovenia in the areas of competence of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport (MESCS) in the international community. Based on the Republic of Slovenia's foreign policy guidelines, the office coordinates and harmonises the activities of the representatives of the MESCS in bodies and institutions of the EU, OECD and other international structures. For this purpose, it provides an overview of international cooperation and European affairs of the MESCS and proposes, prepares and conducts certain operations. In the context of international cooperation in education, science, the information society and culture, the office directs Slovenia's participation in multilateral international organisations and other multilateral connections, as well as international cooperation in various regional initiatives. The office facilitates bilateral cooperation and participates in the drafting of interstate framework agreements and programmes, prepares inter-ministerial bilateral programmes of cooperation, and collects, registers and analyses new initiatives of the interested public for international cooperation.

 

Slovenia has been keeping abreast of all key international trends in education, science, the information society and culture. International activities are directed towards providing support for the development of national education, science, the information society and culture, and towards those areas that meaningfully contribute to the development of national priorities and the upgrading of the national development tasks, as well as towards the areas that the international arena (the EU and key multilateral organisations) identifies as 'common objectives' or common strategic development tasks in these areas.

  

The Education Development Office performs tasks associated with the work of the governmental professional councils for education, participation in the European education information network (Eurydice), the evaluation of the education system, the management of the EU cohesion policy projects, the preparation of basic elements for research and development related to pre-school, primary, secondary and higher education, adult education, music education, and education programs for children and young persons with special needs.

  

As an organisational unit within the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, the Sport Directorate performs tasks of the State, as defined by the Sports Act. This includes the performance of any task associated with the co-financing of sport programmes at the national level that are in the public interest, and the provision of the implementation of the Sports Act in the areas facilitating a smooth functioning of sports organisations and associations, the members of which are sports professionals, experts and athletes. Moreover, it monitors the implementation of the Sports Act, designs the necessary amendments and drafts implementing regulations and other acts ensuring smooth, systemic and financial support to sport.

UNESCO has a National Commission in each Member State, comprising eminent members of the intellectual, scientific and civil communities and forming the essential link between those communities and UNESCO.  UNESCO pursues its objectives through five major programmes covering education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and communication and information.  Projects sponsored by UNESCO include programmes to increase the inclusion of socially weak members of the society and the participation of young people in UNESCO activities, teacher training programmes, international science programmes, regional and cultural history projects, the promotion of cultural diversity, and international cooperation agreements to secure the world cultural and natural heritage and the protection of human rights.


The Project Unit for Cohesion Policy Implementation coordinates the planning and implementation of the ministry's cohesion policy, activities linked to the European territorial cooperation and activities under the EEA Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism. In cooperation with internal organisational units, the project unit represents orientations and positions of the ministry in expert and cohesion policy planning bodies, and in expert bodies and planning bodies of the EEA and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism. It facilitates the management and control system and technical assistance projects, prepares internal instructions in the area of cohesion policy and, together with internal-organisational units, carries out on-the-spot verifications in accordance with Article 13 of Commission Regulation (EC) No 1828/2006.


The Directorate for Investments performs tasks relating to the preparation and management of investments of public institutions in education, science, culture and sport, which have been established by the Republic of Slovenia or local communities, as well as tasks in the field of property and legal matters and the furnishing of public institutions, furthermore, professional and executive tasks relating to the acquisition, disposition, management and utilisation of cultural monuments of national importance that were transferred to state ownership pursuant to Act Regulating the Privatisation of Socially Owned Monuments and Sites of Special Interest.