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/
Program to support Roma applicants for the University of Economics in Bratislava
Implementation period: academic year 2017/2018
CVEK in partnership with the University of Economics accept applications to the program You also have a chance! for school year 2017/2018. The aim of the program is to provide equal opportunities for Romani applications in accessing quality university education of economics.
This first university affirmative action program in Slovakia shall contribute to addressing major educational gaps between Romani and non-Romani population.
Deadline for submitting application is January 15, 2018. You can download the application here – Ajtymassancu_2018.
Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Duration of the project: February 2017 – July 2018
The labour intensive industrial and agriculture sectors in the V4 have experienced a significant increase in labour migration from Ukraine as well as from other European states. Labour migration (both non-EU and EU) poses a number of challenges for the regulation of labour markets (e.g. undeclared work), particular localities and for migrant workers with little knowledge of their rights (labour exploitation). Whereas labour mobility increasingly reaches transnational aspects, regulatory bodies (labour inspectorates, NGOs, trade unions usually) work mostly at the national levels. In spite of the incentives for more transnational cooperation (e.g. Enforcement of Posting Directive), there has been an insufficient support network in cross-border cases involving “extreme” labour rights violations.
The project will first analyse patterns of labour migration and rights violations of immigrant workers in the V4 with special regard to Ukraine as a sending country. Country-specific reports will fill gaps in providing up-to-date information on labour rights violations and possible remedies, also focusing on the shady role of intermediary practices in recruiting, leading to the exploitation of migrant workers. Second, on the national levels, the project will strengthen incentives for cooperation among labour inspections, NGOs and other actors providing assistance to migrant workers. In Ukraine, the involvement of new actors in the support of migrant workers will be sought. On the international level, the project would create fora for experience sharing of good practices and joint action.
Labour migration from Ukraine into the V4 states has had a growing importance in public debates. Many V4-based employer associations have been calling for migration liberalization to offset the lack of workers. Liberalisation of labour migration for non-EU migration from Ukraine and other countries, however, remains controversial in the V4 states while less so for EU mobility. There is a pressing need for international exchange in order to find regional, socially and legally acceptable solutions, institutionalizing the cooperation and regular exchange of labour inspections and other important actors. There is an interest in such cooperation on the part of V4 labour inspections due to such cases as the posting of temporary Ukrainian workers by Polish companies to Czechia.
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.
Integration is a multidimensional and long-lasting process that should begin straight after one’s entry to the host country – for asylum seekers and other migrants cultural and social integration is essential. The project seeks to create so called intercultural guide to the life in Slovakia that will make integration of refugees and other migrants easier. The guide will be based on real experiences of migrants living in Slovakia and will be published in several language versions (both printed and online).
The project is funded by the Open Society Foundation NOS/OSF via their program Call for Humanity.
Implementation period: January 2016 – December 2016
Donor: U.S. Embassy Bratislava
The project aims to cultivate public debate and to reduce negative attitudes towards refugees and help municipalities better understand current refugee situation. It also sets out to build capacities of local authorities in these topics by training and further cooperating with local leaders in 7 municipalities in Slovakia. We will hold two intensive workshops for municipality workers and local activists aimed at awareness raising and sensitization to the refugee issues. One will involve participation of a U.S. expert on refugee issues. Aftewards we will hold a public event and a school outreach event in each participating municipality to target broader audience. Whenever possible, all activities will involve active participation of local refugees.
Anchored in human rights paradigm, Everyone should have a chance! project seeks to challenge political and public discourses securitizing and constructing Roma as threats to the majority.
Political discourse feeds on presumptions of causality between Roma ethnicity and certain attributes (e.g. laziness, predisposition to criminal behaviour, etc.) and use them to justify repressive measures in order to score political points. Using social science research and promotion of positive examples of Roma inclusion we aim to debunk the myths of ethnicity being linked with particular behaviours and to propose feasible measures to increase Roma employment. Our advocacy strategy will be based on partnerships with stakeholders that could potentially implement the proposed measures.
For 12 months we will host a Roma Research Fellow who will participate both in research and advocacy segments of the project.
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: