Education and leisure

EDUCATION

Primary schools educate over 279.5 thous. pupils, 47.5% of the total number, whereas junior secondary schools educate over 116.5 thous. pupils, i.e. 19.8%. The remaining 32.7% of children and young people attend various types of secondary and post-secondary schools and schools for adults.

English remains the most popular foreign language (70.9% of the total number of learners in the region), followed by German ( 23.3%), French (over 2.6%).

The Silesian Voivodeship is home to 38 higher schools, including universities, schools of technology, schools of economics, schools of pedagogy. In total, the Silesian higher schools educate almost 119 thous. people, which accounts for 8.5% of the total number of students in Poland. The number of graduates in the 2014/2015 academic year amounted to almost 36.7 thous. which accounted for 9.3% of all graduates in Poland. The greatest proportion is that of graduates from higher schools of technology (33.2% of the total number of graduates in the region), higher schools of economics (almost 23.8%), and the University of Silesia (almost 17.2%).

Educational institutions


LEISURE

Silesia is full of positive energy, taking its source from diversity in respect of culture and landscape. The Silesian region has a range of Poland’s most diverse tourist attractions, including the beautiful limestone rocks of the Kraków-Częstochowa Jurassic Highland Chain, with perfect conditions for rock climbing, the mountain ranges of the Silesian Beskids and Żywiec Beskids with ski resorts of Szczyrk, Ustroń, Wisła or Korbielowo, forests near Pszczyna, which witnessed the history of the Dukes of Pszczyna, the Łężczok reserve in the vicinity of Raciborz, and the Upper Silesian agglomeration with an industrial legacy of almost 200 years.

No doubt the signature tourist attractions of the Voivodeship include the Pauline Monastery of Jasna Góra, the Eagle Nests Trail in the Kraków-Częstochowa Jurassic Highland Chain, Castle Museum in Pszczyna and the Silesian Industrial Monuments Route – the only industrial tourism route in Poland, consisting of 42 facilities, which in previous ages witnessed the industrial revolution, and now function as tourist attractions. Particularly popular facilities forming part of the Route include the Żywiec Brewery Museum, the Tychy Brewing Museum and the “Guido” Ancient Hard Coal Mine in Zabrze. 

Silesia specialises in huge mass sports and cultural events. The Silesian Stadium, the Show and Sports Hall “Spodek,” the Silesia Park in Chorzów, are all places where many millions of Poles experience the positive energy of being together and participating in mass events such as football matches, the FIVB World League and concerts.

Silesia as a “frontier land”, has equally impressive cultural traditions. Many world-famous musicians and artists live or work here. The legacy of music culture is continued by the National Symphonic Orchestra of the Polish Radio in Katowice, the Silesian Philharmonic and the Silesian Opera in Bytom. Immensely popular in almost the whole world is the Śląsk Song and Dance Ensemble, presenting Silesian folk music, as well as incorporating into their repertoire songs and dances from other Polish regions. 

According to the survey published in May, 2017, the Silesian Voivodeship was visited by 5.3 million tourists from Poland in 2016. The region was also visited by foreign tourists. Trips, mainly for family affairs or business purposes, turn out to be the most popular. Among tourists from outside Silesia, there are mostly tourists from Malopolska, Opolskie and Lodzkie Voivodeship.

Tourist information of Silesian Region



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