The recognition of informal gained knowledge

In the Project Learning for Young Adults (PLYA) programme, participants are young adults who failed to complete their education. They possess a mass of knowledge they have obtained in various ways and also through their participation at PLYA programme. Unfortunately, this knowledge is not registered and therefore not acknowledged. A significant part of drop-outs occur due to the fact that the youth do not have the possibility to enrol in programmes that would enable them to acquire relevant knowledge, necessary to compete in the labour market. They wonder about the significance of participating in an education programme, if the acquired education does not offer them much prospects of employment.

In PLYA programme young people participate, who failed to complete vocational or secondary education, and although they wish to test their competences in the labour market, they cannot get the chance due to a low response of employers. Recognition of informally acquired knowledge is rare, although nonformal knowledge represents a significant part of all acquired knowledge and experience.
As said, the causes of such situation are:

* Teaching in educational programme is creating factual knowledge;
* Bureaucracy is too slow;
* Inflexible school system and lack of connections between educational institutions and economy

Consequences:

* Unemployment – without education, it is hard to find a job, except for low-paid jobs that do not demand education, but they are getting very rare;
* Disadvantaged social situation;
* Highly educated workers are unemployed;
* Lack of experts in the field on natural sciences.

Possible solutions:

* Enable the young to acquire knowledge and skills, applicable to real-life situations.
* Better cooperation between education and economy;
* The state should help employers with tax deductions, so they would enable the youth to get work experience.

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Only 18.5% of Older Women Employed in Slovenia

With 13.2 percent of the population aged 65 years or more (1997), Slovenia ranks among the older societies in which the percentage of elderly people continues to rise.

While only 30.7% of older people were employed in Slovenia in 2005, the share stood at a mere 18.7% for women, says a document on employment published by the European Commission on Monday. This puts Slovenia below the EU average, which stood at 42.5% (33.7% of older women and 51.8% of older men) of older people employed in the 25 EU member states in 2005.

Regional Unemployment in Slovenia

In the first half of 2007, the average registered unemployment rate was lower in all regions compared with the same period of 2006. Nevertheless, regional disparities widened. Although the regions with the highest unemployment rates recorded the biggest decreases (measured in percentage points), most of these regions further widened their relative gaps in comparison with the Slovenian average. Regional registered unemployment rates exceed the national average by 73% in Pomurska, by 35% in Podravska, and by about a quarter in the Zasavska and Savinjska regions. Spodnjeposavska and Koroska also have above-average rates. Gorenjska had the lowest registered unemployment rate in the first half of 2007 (slightly less than 63% of the Slovenian average), replacing Goriska in this position, which traditionally had the lowest unemployment rates (now 63.5% of the Slovenian average). The highest regional registered unemployment rate is 2.7-times higher than the lowest one. The coefficient of variation, which shows regional disparities, also rose by 1 p.p. and totalled 31.8% in the first six months of 2007.

Slovenian Press Freedom Is Suffering, Journalists Say

According to research by the Peace Institute, an international nonprofit group with offices in Ljubljana, there are three types of press censorship in Slovenia. The first type of censorship is when sentences or whole paragraphs of text are deleted or changed without the consent of the author. Second on the list is when a newspaper refuses to publish articles or opinions after they have been assigned by editors. The third kind is people and topics that are verboten to writers if editors believe writing about them could disturb the government.

Not that long ago Slovenian journalists wrote open letter to people who live in the European Union due to censorship of government, losing jobs because they wrote something against government and so on. There were many public debates about this problem and also debates in European parliament.

Slovenia, Croatia, the EU and Piran Bay

Many if not all countries have some disputes because unsolved problems about their border. Slovenia has such problems with Croatia.

As two former Yugoslav republics, Slovenia and Croatia, press on with a border dispute that has dragged on for over a decade, the international community is likely to step in to resolve the issue through arbitration.

In the latest developments, Slovenian lawmakers last week presented a map of the border between the two countries, asking Croatia to hand over a disputed bay and grant access to the open seas. If those demands are not met, some Slovenian politicians warn that they could hold a referendum against Croatia’s entry into the EU.

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More and more nurses leaving Slovenia

More and more Slovenian nurses are going in foreign countries because they can earn there for over thousand EUR more. Data reveals that every week competent chamber grants at least four licenses for those nurses who want to work in foreign countries.

Majority goes to Italy and Germany, attractive destinations are also Great Britain and Australia. In Slovenia is expected that there will be a greater drain of nurses due to bad working conditions and bad payment, and also attractive job offers in foreign countries. Some years ago flow of nurses from poorer EU members was expected, but it looks like that Slovenia is not an attractive option for them.

Again Slovenia is not only country in this situation. According to writing of European newspapers, this problems arise also in other EU countries, like United Kingdom for instance.