Six kindergartens, four elementary schools and one secondary school exist in Rijeka where lessons are held in Italian as the language of the Italian national minority. In addition, in some schools Czech, Macedonian, Albanian and Slovenian languages and culture are also fostered.
The Youth Home is a Rijeka based institution, which key activity consists of organising free time of elementary and secondary school pupils.
The City of Rijeka is the founder and owner of the institution Dječji vrtić "Rijeka", but it also co-finances the activity of other kindergartens and preschool education programmes in the territory of Rijeka.
The City of Rijeka is the founder of 25 elementary schools out of 28 overall operating in Rijeka.
There are 21 secondary schools and 4 pupils’ hostels in Rijeka. The founder of the majority of secondary schools in Rijeka is the Primorje – Gorski Kotar County.
Higher education can be acquired in Rijeka studying at University, University studies, Polytechnic or College.
Adaptations to the labour market through additional training and retraining increase citizens’ employability and have potential to reduce unemployment.
There are many foreign languages schools and schools of informatics that operate in Rijeka.
The City of Rijeka awards scholarships to pupils and students according to several criteria: talent, social status, occupations in short supply. The City of Rijeka and the University in cooperation approve favourable interest rates on student loans.
Through various programmes. the City of Rijeka for many years already has been supporting and encouraging the progress of gifted pupils and young people who are a creative potential of the city of Rijeka.
Every year the City of Rijeka organises a reception for successful pupils and their mentors who achieve excellent results in national and intrastate competitions, reviews and gatherings.
The counselling services are dedicated to children, youth and their parents, and the programmes that they include relate to specific needs, i.e. various risky situations.
Throughout the education system recreational and therapeutic programmes are provided for children and young people with developmental disabilities, from kindergartens through elementary and secondary schools to counselling and assistance services organised by the University.
The City of Rijeka has introduced the prize titled “AmbasadoRI odgoja i obrazovanja“ that is awarded for the contribution to education in preschool institutions and elementary schools in the territory of the city of Rijeka.