Youth participation in Slovakia

slovak flag

Is there a national youth council, representing young people in your country? If yes, please provide the name, number of member organisations and number of young members.

YES - There is a internet website www.mladez.sk comprising many youth organisation in Slovakia, including Amavet – Association for youth,science and technic, where I am belonging to.

 

Is there a ministry dealing concretely with the youth affairs in your country? If yes, please provide the name of the ministry.

YES - Ministry of Education is partialy engaged in youth affairs

 

Does the government in your country has a specific youth policy/youth strategy?

NO

 

From what age are young people allowed to vote in the elections? If different age for different elections (parliamentary, local, regional, etc.), please specify.

From 18th.

 

From what age are young people allowed to be elected in the elections to the representative bodies? If different age for different elections (parliamentary, local, regional, etc.), please specify.

From 18th.

 

Are there any youth participation initiatives at the local level (in municipalities), e.g. local youth parliaments/youth councils, meetings of young people with decision-makers? Please describe.

According to my experiences and knowledge, young people are not too much interested in participation in youth parliaments or council. Initiatives are mostly coming from a bunch of activists, who are trying to involve young people into local activities. I dont know about any youth parliament or council at local level.

 

Are there youth participation/decision-making bodies at schools, e.g. school parliaments, student councils, etc.? Please describe.

No, I dont know about any in my area.

 

Are there are youth parliaments or other youth participation bodies on the national level? Please describe.

Maybe there are some youth participation bodies, but I dont know about them.

 

Is there any kind of education to youth participation/active citizenship included in the school curricula in your country, e.g. civic education? Please describe.

No.

 

Do media inform about youth issues? Are young people involved in media and their production, e.g. as journalists? Please describe.

Youth issues in Slovakia could be handle better by media and independency in media are what we are lack of. Of course young people are involved.

 

Are there youth information centres, official youth websites or other sources of youth information available for young people? Please describe.

Yes, there are several youth centers {Iuventa, Amavet,..etc.} which are available for young people. The main website for youth is www.mladez.sk

 

Are young people in your country informed about the European youth policy and its priorities? What do you think can be done to make young people aware about this? Please describe.

I think that young people in Slovakia are not aware about European youth policy and its priorities. I would propose to set up a team of volunteers in each country, who would monthly publish articles on variety of topics concerning EU issues in special designated website. Every article could be valued by public and the most appreciated would be printed in every country of EU in national language. This way can European youth become aware of European youth policy and its priorities and also its issues.

 

Author: Michal Butor
E-mail: burny491@gmail.com

The surveys were submitted by the participants of the YouthVoice project from the respective EU Member States. The questionnaires were part of their preparation for the Youth Voice project and each national group had to undertake a small research about youth participation in their country. The organisers cannot guarantee correctness of the answers.