Národný ústav celoživotného vzdelávania (NUCZV)
The Lifelong Learning Institute (Národný ústav celoživotného vzdelávania-NUCZV) has been set up for the provision and fulfillment of tasks within the area of lifelong learning and further education, reporting directly to the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic. NUCZV as an expert organization is responsible for the development of lifelong learning and lifelong guidance in Slovakia.
The organization performs an essential transfer of innovations in the decision-making and legislative process and cooperates therefore with research institutions and centres, international organizations and ministries as well as with European institutions. NUCZV implements research, system reform and training projects related to the development of relevant lifelong learning subsystems and lifelong guidance and communicates its findings to social partners.
NUCZV performs the role of the National Coordinator for the implementation of the European Agenda for Adult Learning. In its work programme for the period of 2015 – 2017, the organization focuses in one of its planned activities on addressing the issue of basic skills in relation to unemployed adults with the lowest level of education attained and/or with uncompleted primary education. NUCZV will establish cooperation with offices of labour in relation to adults who have not finished primary education, or have only attained primary or lower secondary education. As this group of adults usually does not tend to participate in further education or adult learning, and also the state has not yet elaborated on and developed incentives for their participation in further education or their return back to schools, our aim is, in cooperation with offices of labour and through them, to increase awareness on the need and the possibilities of acquiring basic skills in these groups of adults.
National / international impact
NUCZV has been a member of the European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network (ELGPN). It has been working together with the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic on the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). Moreover, NUCZV performs the role of the National Support Service (NSS) for the ePlatform for Adult Learning in Europe (EPALE).