The two-year international project Social Inclusion of Learners (SoIL) project focuses on promoting inclusive education across several EU countries. The aim of the project is to share proven methods of inclusive education and individualized teaching. CVEK is it the project´s partner in Slovakia and organizes events to share know-how from abroad to teachers and educational stakeholders in Slovakia. In October 2017, the SoIL conference in Bratislava took place. In February, 22nd-24th, 2018, a multidisciplinary seminar for teachers will take place. Other project activities are planned for 2018.
The project is coordinated by the Austrian organization atempo. Other partners include Schule im Aufbruch from Germany, RIX Reasearch and Media University East London from the UK, Gemeente Maastricht – Maastricht from the Netherlands and Casa Corpului Didactic – a teaching center at the Romanian Ministry of Education
Current project information is also available at: https://http://www.soil-project.eu/
Period of implementation: March – April 2016
Donor: Open Society Institute (OSI)
Through the short-term project supported by the Open Society Institute CVEK carries out a research at the primary school in the Hungarian village Hejőkeresztúr. It has been already 16 years since the Hejökeresztúr teachers started to implement the methods of Complex Instruction Program. Thanks to this approach, the school which is attended by 73% of children coming from socially disadvantaged backgrounds (out of which 60% face extreme poverty), ranks above average nationally and succeeds in involving all of its pupils in the learning process. The main project aims are to conduct a case study of the school and to organize a seminar focused on transferability of good practices into the Slovak educational system.
Period of implementation: February – April 2016
Donor: The project “Encouraging municipalities engagement in refugee and migrant integration:
good practices from Norway” is funded ´(total budget of 8.442,00 EUR) by the NGO Fund which is part of the implementation of the EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014. The fund is administered by the Open Society Foundation. The project “Encouraging municipalities engagement in refugee and migrant integration: good practices from Norway” aims at exchanging knowledge, technologies, know-how and good practices between subject in the Slovakia and subjects in donor states and international organizations.
refugee integration. Current refugee crisis and following reactions of political representatives show that municipalities in Slovakia are not ready to accept migrants; nor are they ready to adopt inclusive policies ensuring social cohesion that could prevent migrants and refugees from being refused and excluded by the host populations. The project aims to encourage municipalities and build their capacities in the field of migrant and refugees’ inclusion, use good practices from Norway as an inspiration for municipalities in Slovakia and raise awareness of various stakeholders about the importance of inclusion of various population groups (including migrants and refugees) in the life of the local communities.
The project is implemented in a partnership with Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research.
Contractor: Open Society Institute (OSI)
Period of realisation: April 2014 – January 2016
The project is conducted in cooperation with Romanian (FRCCF), Argentinian (CIPPEC) and Mexican (Vía Educación) partners and its main aim is to identify good practices in primary school education in the respective countries. The project focuses on the schools that are attempting to put inclusive education principles into practice. Based on the project methodology three primary schools per each country were selected. With the help of qualitative research methods the overall philosophy of the schools, their capacity to accommodate difference, their attitude towards children, teaching methods and school’s communication towards parents and wider community is examined. Project outputs are three case studies per each country that are to be seen on the project website www.schoolforeveryone.org.
Donor: Roma Education Fund (REF)
Period: March 2015 – June 2015
CVEK was selected to conduct an external evaluation of the project “Progress – Investing in the Early Years of Children – Promoting Social Innovation and Roma Integration.” The project was implemented from January 2013 through December 2014 by the Office of the Plenipotentiary of the Slovak Government for Roma Communities in cooperation with the Roma Education Fund (REF) and the Slovak Governance Institute (SGI). The project was financially supported by the European Commission under the PROGRESS program. Experts from CVEK are to carry out a qualitative research of the implementation and impact of the said project. Final report will contain an analysis of risks and lessons learned and will propose recommendations for the future implementation of similar projects in Slovakia or abroad.
Perido: 1 April 2014 – 30 June 2015
ZMOS in cooperation with CVEK experts provides assistance to five selected municipalities in the field of migrant integration.
The project’s main objective is to improve local actors’ know-how and attitudes when implementing integration policies on the local level.
Furthermore, the project facilitates drafting and implementation of local integration strategies in five selected municipalities.
Main activities include
– information days, public discussions, short films, conference;
– education: trainings of municipalities’ representatives, publication of a guidebook for drafting local integration strategies;
– pilot implementation of local integration policies in five selected municipalities;
– support and coordination of ativities of municipalities in the field of migrant integration.
More information about the project and activities is available on www.projektbuk.sk.
The project is funded by the European Union from the
European Fund for Integration of Third-Country National for
2007 – 2013. Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows.
Donor: Fund for NGOs Financial Mechanism of EEA 2009-2014 (administered by the Open Society Foundation)
Period: January 2014 – December 2015
The project analyzes the situation of Roma children in foster care with the emphasis on ethnicity, discrimination and violations of children’s rights. It is focused on the process of removing children from their families, their placement in different types of institutional care and treatment of Roma children as a specific group of children in the foster care.
Analytical activities of the project will also address the process of de-institutionalization of the foster care and existing alternative and supporting services pursuing the best interest of the child.
The project includes advocacy activities and workshops for professionals aimed at developing strategies, specific measures and communication in order to influence public policy making and discourse on Roma children in foster care, eliminate prejudice and potential discrimination.
Donor: Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs within the Programme of Support and Protection of Human Rights and Freedoms
Period: September – December 2013
The project seeks to improve protection of the rights of national, ethnic and religious minorities in Slovakia via monitoring, analytic and advocacy activities. The objective is to facilitate harmonisation of minority policy in Slovakia with international human rights standards.
In the long run, the project aims to shift the public discourse on minorities towards the perspective of respect of each individual’s human dignity.
The project will produce two volumes of the critical quarterly Minority Policy in Slovakia and the annual report on minority policy in Slovakia in 2013.
Donor: Fund for NGOs, Financial mechanism EEA 2009-2014 (administered by the Open Society Foundation Bratislava)
Period: September 2013 – December 2015
The project builds capacities of public administration in promoting Roma inclusion utilizing the groundbreaking amendment of antidiscrimination legislation that sanctions temporary equalization measures (TEMs) on the grounds of ethnicity and gender.
Analytical activities entail designing of TEM schemes taking into account gender perspective in key sectors: education and employment. TEM schemes will be based on consultations with Romani NGOs and public administration.
In roder to facilitate practical application of TEMs, we established a cooperation with Trnava Higher Regional Unit and the University of Economy in Bratislava.
We will seek to convey adoption of internal guidelines on TEMs by central administration in our advocacy activities. Communication to the public will draw on good practices.
The project seeks to gain deeper understanding of political parties’ communication of national identity in CEE countries and Germany.
A thorough analysis of various documents (e.g. election manifestos, parliamentary debates etc.) will allow us to identify ways political elites use to conceptualize issues of national identity, national minorities or immigration.
The project is specifically focused on the youth as a critical audience of such political discourses. As a part of the project we will propose educational solutions that could help prevent uncritical acceptance and adoption of nationalist ideas.
Period: July 2013 – July 2015
The project seeks to create a broad civic platform – a public forum that will counter increasing radicalism and discriminatory and anti-minority rhetoric.
The program also includes advocacy of measures aiming to improve human rights and inclusive education on all level of Slovakia’s schooling system. Furthermore, the project is concerned with promotion of equal opportunity policies and increasing minority participation in decision making processes.
The project is co-financed by the European Union
from the European Fund for Integration
of Third-Country Nationals.
Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows.
Project leader: Institute for Public Affairs
Period: April 2013 – March 2014
The project seeks to analyze social and cultural integration of third country nationals on the local level while using the method of case studies of three selected localities. The methodolgy draws on anthropological research.
Apart from a detailed analysis of social and cultural integration of third country nationals the project puts emphasis on a viable practical application of the research findings on the local level.
Based on the research findings the project team will be able to describe the status quo with respect to cultural and social integration of foreigners on the local level and will draft clear proposals of improvement.
Last but not least, the project foresees awareness raising and capacity building of local stakeholders enabling them to formulate their own solid strategies facilitating integration of foreigners in local communities.
Donor: Open Society Foundations
Period: January – June 2013
The project analyzes policies and the use of structural funds in the field of housing and infrastructure that are aimed at tackling social exclusion of marginalized Roma communities.
We identify municipality policies employing intersectoral approach, i.e. they interconnect housing and infrastructure measures with other key areas (employment and edcuation). The project is based on an interdisciplinary approach combining secondary data analysis, public policy analysis and empirical research.
The main objective is to assess the limits of both EU and state funds’ use in the processes of Roma inclusion, as well as to contribute to a broader discussion. Furthermore, the project analyzes so called hard cases that could help us reveal structural deficiencies of state housing policies.
Donor: European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
Time period: December 2012 – August 2013
As part of a continuous cooperation with the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) CVEK conducts a research aimed at rights of LGBT people in Slovakia.
The main purpose of this research is to collect data that can contribute to understanding of how national (public) law and policy aimed at protecting, promoting and fulfilling the fundamental rights of LGBT persons is applied on the ground and how it could be further developed in a sustainable way. As part of the research a series of qualitative semi-structured interviews will be held with public authorities, which have a decision-making competence, and professionals (health care providers, teachers, headmasters, police chiefs, police staff) having hands-on experiences and views on the practical functioning of LGBT policies. Interviews will also focus on their views and experiences on initiatives that have been set up outside of a larger national framework (pilot projects, third sector cooperation, etc.).
This project is complementary to a quantitative on-line survey measuring the extent of discrimination, victimisation and hate crime as experienced by LGBT persons . The outcomes of both researches will allow identifying future priorities and possibilities of improvement of social policies and initiatives in the area of rights of LGBT people.
Donor: European Fund for Integration of Third Country Nationals
Project Leader: ISMU Foundation
und Europa, Germany
Integration Centre, Ireland
Cabildo de Tenerife, Spain
The project consists of comparison and exchange of integration practices between regional administrations and research centres throughout Europe. The objective is to develop a common methodology of analysis and bench-marking of integration practices while taking into account the European Modules on Integration of Migrants, notably language courses and access to services. The project seeks to support the implementation of policies promoting integration in a bottom-up fashion.
More specifically, the objective is to:
Donor: Government Office of the Slovak Republic
Time Period: October 2012 – March 2013
The aim of the project is to support the ability of schools to implement inclusive education and create examples of best practices. To pursue this goal, the Center for the Research of Ethnicity and Culture will engage in cooperation with three elementary schools form different regions of Slovakia. The leading philosophy of the project is inclusive education which will ensure an equal opportunity for the success for each child as well as equal treatment for him/her as a school community member. Within the framework of the project, activities to support a better social environment in individual schools will also be paramount. In the end, one of the important takeaways from the project will be the Guideline book, outlining possibilities for utilizing elements of inclusive education in elementary schools. The project builds on our organization’s agenda dealing with researching, monitoring and analyzing, on the grounds of which we collect data and experiences regarding the education of children with different social, cultural and language backgrounds.
In the second half of 2011, Center for the Research of Ethnicity and Culture (CVEK) became the national focal point of European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) within the network of research institutions FRANET. The network engages organizations in each EU member state as well as Croatia.
Within the cooperation the main task is to collect data on fundamental rights issues in Slovakia and their processing according the FRA specification. In 2011, CVEK elaborated a baseline study on the observance of fundamental rights in 2011 for the yearly published Annual Report.
In 2012 we have been working on following issues – victim support services, impact of economic crises on gender equality, conditions of participation of children in fieldwork research and data protection and redress mechanism.
Outputs of the collaboration between CVEK and FRA are available on the FRA website.
In 2012 CVEK co-organized 11th edition of the V4 Summer School in the Willa Decius in Cracow. The 11th edition of the Visegrad Summer School brought again together 50 young Czech, Hungarian, Polish, and Slovak students, as well as some students from other countries of Central and Eastern Europe. The program consisted of lectures, panel debates and seminars on issues and challenges relevant to the Visegrad Group region, the European Union and beyond. School offered many opportunities to learn about each other and to start an international co-operation between the people and the countries.
The program of the eleventh edition of the Visegrad Summer School included debates on current political, cultural and social challenges in the regional, global and European perspective. Participants have had a chance to summarise transformation processes in V4 countries in various aspects, achievements of the Visegrad Group as well as strengths and weaknesses of the integration – both regional and European. The participants have been invited for study visit to Malopolska region, they also attended artistic events in Krakow and insight the culture of Poland.
The organizers provided:
– educational program and materials
– special events
– accommodation and board
– travel costs to/from/in Krakow
– their own insurance
– registration fee 75 Euro
More information about the Summer School can be found at:
Deadline for submitting on-line applications has been 31 March 2012.
Donor: Funded by the Government Office of the Slovak Republic
within the frame of the program Support and Protection
of Human Rights and Freedom.
Duration: October- December 2011
The project has been a response to the recent developments in the field of minority policy in Slovakia which demonstrate that minorities are construed as a threat to Slovak national interests and ethnically defined Slovak identity. It has been based on the premise that by justifying minority policies by protection of national interests political elites, given their dominant status in the society, co-create a framework for perceiving minorities among lay public. It is plausible that discourse presenting minorities as a menace results in a belief that they indeed pose a threat to the majority society (e.g. territorial threat, cultural or economic threat etc.). In the long run such approach deepens interethnic tensions, discrimination and intolerance. The project therefore aimed at analysing political discourse on minorities and increasing expertise of policy makers with respect to formulation of minority policies.
One of the main objectives has been to explore means of justifying minority policies- is it the need to prevent conflicts and protect cultural interests of the dominant nation? Or are the policies guided by principles of justice and equality? The project aspired on introduction of different institutional models of minority rights protection and to present them to those with capacities to shape public policies, i.e. representatives of the public administration and Members of the Parliament, all the while bearing in mind the aim to facilitate a positive change in perception of minorities and effective implementation of constitutional and international minority rights.
Period: October 2011 – March 2012
The main goal of the project has been based on qualitative empirical research to evaluate the current public policy measures aimed to improve the education of Roma children in terms of their inclusiveness. This meant to assess to what extend the measures enable full and equal opportunities for Roma children to participate in the educational process without endangering their own cultural identity. Based on the research CVEK research team had an ambition to formulate recommendations to improve existing policies and if necessary to suggest alternative tools, which would support the inclusive education of Roma children and prevent systematic exclusion of Roma children from mainstream education.
CVEK´s project focused on two basic types of measures: pedagogical measures (especially teaching assistants, zero grade, individual integration), and financial measures (e.g. subsidies for food and school supplies, motivational scholarships, etc.) from a so far unexamined perspective – inclusive education, which respects the social disadvantages and also cultural differences. CVEK monitored the extent to which these programs help the Roma children in being able to fully participate in school without having to assimilate and to give up their identities. CVEK focused on the examination of the extent and if at all the educational system bears the burden of the process of inclusion. In the center of a CVEK´s concern therefore was whether the school is adapted to the needs of Roma children, or if only the adaptation of the minority into the existing structures is expected.