The National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia determined the public interest in adult education with the strategic document, the Resolution on the National Programme for Adult Learning in the Republic of Slovenia 2013–2020 (sl). The Resolution covers education, upskilling and training, and learning of people who have completed the basic school obligation. It defines the national policy of adult education, while at the same time, it provides the basis for concrete planning at the level of the country, in the form of annual education programmes adopted by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for each individual year. It is an instrument of systemic regulation in adult education and at the strategic level, it complements the Adult Education Act (sl).
The officially recognised basic skills programmes in the public interest do not have special emphasis on internationalisation. Upper secondary education programmes for adults are adapted as to implementation but not in terms of content and standards of knowledge, and therefore, they have the same substantive characteristics as the education of young people.
The Programme of Initial migrant integration 2011 (.pdf, sl), which consists of an initial and advanced module, includes the acquisition of knowledge and competences in Slovenian language, Slovenian culture, legal system in Slovenia, as well as individual rights. The Slovenian Institute of Adult Education (ACS) provides the basic training of teachers for the implementation of the Initial Migrant Integration programme and advice to the institutions and other professional public about training and implementation of this programme.
There are both national and European social funds available for various adult education programmes, upskilling and training. Funds are intended to co-fund adult education, including professional education for multilingual and intercultural communication and training for work in international networks, programmes of mobility and different partnerships. The public institute, the Slovenian Institute of Adult Education, is involved in various international development projects in the field of adult education.
Partnerships and networking
International cooperation in partnership takes place mainly in the context of the European Erasmus+ action. The Strategic partnerships in the field of adult education enable both multilateral small-scale cooperation and large-scale innovation development projects among adult education organisations in the broadest sense — formal, non-formal or informal. In partnership, educators of adults work together on one or more topics of common interest. The National Support Service of the Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe (EPALE) is set up at the Centre for Mobility and European Education and Training Programmes (CMEPIUS).
Slovenia participates also in various international connections such as the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN), the European Society for Research on the Education of Adult Learning (ESREA), and the International Council for Adult Education (ICAA).