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Interest activities in Slovenia

Interest activities are an important part of lifelong learning in Slovenia. The school organises them outside of school courses as an extended programme of the school with the aim of determining and developing the student's interests and introducing students to life and training them to spend their free time usefully.

The educational programme comprises the compulsory and extended programme. Some interest activities are carried out by the school itself with internal mentors, while some are carried out on the school premises by means of programmes provided by contractors. There are no prescribed curricula for interest activities, and skills and knowledge are not assessed.

The principles of the implementation of interest activities emphasise cooperation and co-decision-making of students as part of extended education.

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Extracurricular activities

Some are free of charge and some are payable. Those conducted by mentors and teachers are free of charge.

These are, for example, chess, preparations for language and mathematics competitions, languages, choir singing, ... but in some schools they are more original and enable students to learn the basics of make-up for fashion magazines, modelling, hairdressing, furniture making, sports aviation, production of items from recycled materials, dog training, making of cosmetic products, first aid, ...). The most popular payable activities in Slovenia are football, basketball, handball and volleyball. Also among the popular sports at the school are athletics, rhythmic gymnastics, badminton and dancing.

Dancing and singing are two programmes provided by many schools, while playing of a musical instrument is usually a payable content.

Author: Tanja Glogovčan Belančić

Date: 30. August 2023

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