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  1. LOCATION OF SLOVENIA AUSTRIA HUNGARY ITALY CROATIA

  2. SLOVENIAN NATIONAL SYMBOLS: NATIONAL FLAG WITH COAT OF ARMS NATIONAL ANTHEM “ZDRAVLJICA” (A TOAST), Lyrics: France Prešeren, 1844, Music: Stanko Premrl, 1905, adopted: in1989 “God’s blessing on all nations, Who long and work for that bright day, When o’er earth’s habitations, No war, no strife shall hold its sway, Who long to see that all men free, No more shall foes but neighbours be” Listen to Sloveniananthemonline: http://www.otroci.gov.si/mp3/zdravljica-instr.mp3

  3. OTHER UNOFFICIAL ETHNIC AND CULTURAL SYMBOLS OF SLOVENIA: HEART-SHAPED LEAF OF A LINDEN is an important part of Slovene national heritage. Village assemblies, councils and other gatherings were traditionally held around circular tables beneath such a tree. THE DUKE’S CHAIR is a medieval stone seat dating from the ninth century. It was used in a ceremonyofinstallationofDujksofCarinthia. RED CARNATION GOLDHORN MARTIN KRPAN is consideredsloveniannationalflower. A storyof a legendarypeople’s hero. NATIONAL WEAR is a legendaryanimal.

  4. SOME OF THE SYMBOLS ARE PORTRAYED ON SLOVENIAN EURO COINS: PRINCE’S STONEis the reversed base of an ancient Ionic column, whichwas used in theEarlyMiddleAges in the ceremoniesforprinces of Carantania. CATHEDRAL OF FREEDOM by Jože Plečnik Plansfornewslovenianparliamentwhichwasunfortunatellyneverbuilt… TRIGLAV highestslovenianmountain 2,864 metres (9,396 ft). PORTRAIT OF PRIMOŽ TRUBAR, protestant reformerwhowrotethefirstbook in slovenianlanguage. “LIPICANCI”, whitehorsesfrom Lipica. THE SOWER fromIvan Grohar's painting. PORTRAIT AND HANDWRITING ofFrance Prešeren, authorof “A TOAST” – sloveniananthem.

  5. SLOVENIAN POLITICAL SYSTEM The REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA is a parliamentary representative democratic republic since 25 June 1991. Headofstate is PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC (currently Borut Pahor) elected for a maximum of two, five-year terms by direct elections. CONSTITUTION of the Republic of Slovenia was adopted on 23 December 1991.  The NATIONAL ASSEMBLYconsistsof90 deputies, selected in nationalelections. EU member from 1 May 2004. Eurofrom 1 January 2007. The GOVERNMENT consists of the PRIME MINISTER (currently Alenka Bratušek) and other Ministers. The government and the ministers are independent within the framework of their jurisdiction, and responsible to the National Assembly. TheNATIONAL COUNCIL consistsof 40 electedmembersandperforms an advisory role.

  6. SLOVENIA HAS AROUND 2 MILLION CITIZENS. January 1st 2011: 2050189 January 1st 2010: 2046976 January 1st 2012: 2055496

  7. SLOVENIAN EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM Sloveniahasthreepublicuniversitiesandmanyprivateones. programsforpeoplefrom 18 yearsold. HIGHER EDUCATION There are around 180 secondaryschools in Sloveniawitharound 100.000 students. programsforyouthfrom15 to 18 years(2, 3 or 4 grades). SECONDARY SCHOOLS There are more than 800 primaryschools in Slovenia, witharound 190.000 children. Mandatoryprogram forchildrenfrom 6 to 14 years(9 grades). PRIMARY SCHOOL Payableprogramsforchildrenfrom 11 monthsto 6 years. Preeeschool is not mandatory. There are around 900 preeschoolswith 66.000 children in Slovenia. PREESCHOOL

  8. 9 GRADES PRIMARY SCHOOL 1st, 2nd and 3rd graden, 20, 21 and 22 lessonsperweek: math, nativelanguage, art, sports, music, environment 4th grade 24 lessonsperweek: math, nativelanguage, art, sports, music,social studies, nature scienceandtechnology, foreignlanguage (English, Italian or German) 5th grade 26 lessonsperweek: math, nativelanguage, artsports, music,social studies, nature scienceandtechnology, foreignlanguage (English, Italian or German), home economics 6th grade 26 lessonsperweek: math, nativelanguage, art, sports, music, foreignlanguage (English, Italian or German), nature science, technology, geography, history, home economics 7th grade 29,5 lessonsperweek: math, nativelanguage, art, sports, music, foreignlanguage (English, Italian or German), nature science, technology, geography, history, nationalstudiesandethics + 3 classesbychoise 8ht grade 30 lessonsperweek: math, nativelanguage, art, sports, music, foreignlanguage (English, Italian or German), technology, geography, history, nationalstudiesandethics, fisics, chemistry, biology, home economics + 3 classesbychoise 9th grade 30 lessonsperweek: math, nativelanguage, art, sports, music, foreignlanguage (English, Italian or German), geography, history, fisics, chemistry, biology, home economics + 3 classesbychoise Hasunifiedcurriculumfortheholecountryand it is MANDATORY FOR ALL CHILDREN FROM 6 TO 14 YEARS SCHOOL YEAR September 1 – June 24 HOLIDAYS everytwomonths, there is a weekfreeofschool: TWO TERMS September 1st - ?? ?? – June 24th NUMERIC MARKS start in thirdyear: 1 insufficient 2 sufficient 3 good 4 very good 5 excellent autumnholidays Christmasholidays winter holidays May first holidays SCHOOL WEEK monday- friday SCHOOL DAY starts at 8.00 finishes at 11.35/12.25/13.15/14.05 Forchildrenwhohavedifficultieslearning, there are PROGRAMS WITH LOWER EDUCATIONA STANDARDS thatcanbe part ofregularprimaryschools SHOOL PERIOD/LESSON 45 minutes 5 MINUTE BRAKES betweenlessons Forchildrenwhohaveothermedicalproblemsandhigherdifficultieswithlearning, there are SPECIAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS MAIN LUNCH BRAKE 25 MINUTES after 2nd or 3rd lesson

  9. TURISTS IN SLOVENIA VISIT AND ENJOY: LJUBLJANA, sloveniancapitolwIth it’s castle. LAKE BLED, withislandandcastle. POSTOJNA CAVE, one ofthebestknowncaves in theworld. SOCIAL EVENTS SLOVENIAN LEGENDS PROTECTED NATURE SLOVENIAN SEASIDE SLOVENIAN MOUNTAINS AND MUCH, MUCH MORE …

  10. FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HISTORY AND CULTURE, SLOVENIA OFFERS: OPERA CASTLES NATIONAL GALLERY FILHARMONY HISTORICAL MONUMENTS HISTORICAL EVENTS MUSEUMS GALLERIES AND MUCH, MUCH MORE …

  11. FOR THOSE WHO LOVE SPORTS AND OUTDOORS, SLOVENIA OFFERS: CANYONING KAYAKING SKI JUMPS MOUNTAIN BIKING RAFTING CLIMBING PARAGLIDING SKIING AND MUCH, MUCH MORE …

  12. FOR THOSE WHO LOVE ETHNIC AND CULINARY TREATS, SLOVENIA OFFERS: WINE CELLARS TURIST FARMS AGROTURISM VINEYARDS CUSTOMS TRADITIONAL CRAFT FOLKLORE TRADITIONAL FOOD AND MUCH, MUCH MORE …

  13. YOU HAVE LEARNED A THING OR TWO ABOUT SLOVENIA HAVEN’T YOU? IF YOU EVER HAVE TROUBLE FINDING IT ON THE MAP, JUST LOOK FOR A SHAPE OF…

  14. … CHICKEN! THANK YOU FOR WATCHING THE PRESENTATION! More informationaboutSlovenia is available in fourlanguages on government portal forchildrenandyouth: http://www.otroci.gov.si/