Partner: Carpathian Foundation
Obdobie: April – October 2010
The aim of the research Where to direct support for development of Eastern Slovakia? has been to gather complex information on:
1. Amount and distribution of resources that have been invested into projects of non-governmental organizations and local governments focused on development of civil society and the region itself;
2. Share of particular private donors on financing of projects and activities of non-governmental organizations and local governments;
3. Impact of invested assets and models based on lessons learned;
4. Desired trends for the future and what should be supported in the future by private donors.
Two research-evaluation activities have been conducted within the project – analyses of financial support from various donors for non-governmental organizations and local governments analyses of the impact of non-governmental organizations on development of the region of Eastern Slovakia.
Research report in both Slovak and English languages and presentation of the research at the international conference in October 2010 has been outcomes of the project Where to direct support for development of Eastern Slovakia?
The Conference COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT INVESTMENTS: Using Lessons Learned for Future Opportunities took place on 11 – 13 October, 2010 in Košice, Slovakia in DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. Purpose of the Conference has been to present the impact of financial assistance provided for civic society development in the last 15 years, and to evaluate contribution of non – profit non – governmental organizations to regional development. The Conference framed trends for corporate donors in the field of social responsibility using examples of issues currently affecting eastern Slovakia. Michal Vašečka presented results of the CVEK research at the conference.
Partner: Slovak Governance Institute, Bratislava
Period: February 2010 – June 2011
Project Testing of integration policies indicators (TIPI) presents, from the point of view of content and personally, continuing project of the previous one – High quality research – precondition for a successful integration. The above mentioned project brought set of elementary indicators that can be used in the process of measuring successes of integration policies. CVEK research team suggested that there is a need to test integration policies indicators, to differentiate them from indicators of integration and indicators of the Democratic Diversity Management. Project aimed to utilize experiences of international surveys such as EMILE, IMISCOE, TSER, WOLIWEB, and INTI.
The main aim of the TIPI project has been to test integration policies indicators and to assess successes of particular minority groups integration within various dimensions, with a focus on economic integration.
Researchers assessed success in several dimensions:
1. Economic integration;
3. Social integration;
4. Political integration;
6. Residential integration.
Outcomes of the project:
1. International workshop for policy-makers and analysts in the sphere of minority integration and integration of third countries nationals, that took place on June 27 in the Austria Trend hotel in Bratislava;
2. Manual for policy-makers;
3. Academic publications about integration indicators.
Period: February 2010 – March 2011
Project Integration of third countries nationals on the local level – the role of local governments and other actors in the process has been focused on mapping and researching of local governments strategies in the process of integration of third countries nationals into the society. This has been rather scarcely approached aspect of integration processes, although local governments are key-actors of the integration process on the local level. Project therefore aimed to analyze strategies that local governments apply toward migrants and to analyze activities of other actors of the process.
Main aim of the project has been to come with a set of recommendations to improve integration process of migrants in Slovakia on the local level and to contribute to better performance of local governments toward third countries nationals.
Among particular aims of the project were:
1. To identify factors that influence performance of local governments in relation to migrants and to analyze strategies applied by local governments in Slovakia toward migrants.
2. Analyze approach of local governments to integration of migrants in Slovakia in comparison to the Czech republic and Austria and to create recommendation how to improve integration of third countries nationals.
3. To improve approach of local governments to the issue of integration by spreading examples of good practices.
Research team conducted qualitative comparative research by using case studies analyses – in Slovakia, the Czech republic, and Austria. Final report has been published in the form of manual for local governments titled Integration of Migrants on the Local Level – Research Findings and Recommendations.
In order to finalize the project Integration of third countries nationals on the local level CVEK organized workshop for local government representatives on April 1, 2011 in Trnava. The seminar was aimed at representatives of local and regional self-governments from all regions. The morning part of the seminar consisted of presentations of the project and of three case studies carried out in the selected towns – Trnava, České Budějovice a Wiener Neustadt. The afternoon block was devoted to the presentation of Slovakia’s legal framework of integration which was followed by a discussion.
Program of the seminar:
9,30 – 10,00 Registration of participants
10,00 – 10,15 Presentation of the project and its activities
10,15 – 12,00 Presentations of the results of the comparative research on integration of immigrants on the local level and dicussion
12,00 – 13,00 Lunch
13,00 – 13,45 Perspectives and activities of self-governing regions regarding integration of immigrants
13,45 – 15,30 Experiences with integration of immigrants
Institute for Research on Social Reproduction and Integration, Masaryk University, Brno
Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague
TÁRKI Social Research Institute Inc., Budapest
Institute of Public Affairs, Warszawa
Period: June 24 – 26, 2010
International conference Migrations, rethinking contemporary migration events in Telč, organized in June 24 – 26, 2010 has been already a second conference in a row and followed after the successful conference in Telč in 2008. Conference in 2008 focused on theoretical reflections of migration processes and their interpretations, changes in understanding of what exactly does belong into this realm as well as possible consequences of theoretical thinking about migration policy and migration research were discussed. Conference also analyzed several research methods in order to articulate the possibilities of different approaches and special emphasis was put on the vitality of the interdisciplinary approach in studying migration and on demonstrations of innovative research approaches.
Conference Migrations, rethinking contemporary migration events developed previous topics specifically in two areas:
Knowledge Production in Migration Studies
In this rather theoretical session conference focused on the practices that, speaking of migrations, transform an event into a research topic and interests that stand behind it. The production and circulation of knowledge on migration has a differing logic in the areas of politics, public life and the academic world. The crucial question has been what types of migration are discursively produced as a normal and deviating social process and how different discursive fields interfere.
Theoretical concepts and research findings are re-defined in the political sphere and thus shape contemporary migration events. Political players have usually only slight understanding for broader than a national perspective. To be part of the administration of the nation state also means in some way believing in this “real fiction” or at the very least acting pragmatically in line with it. The essential impact on migrating people’s living conditions enlightens the ethical aspects of migrations policymaking.
Keynote speakers of the 2010 conference were:
Prof. Asa Kasher
Asa Kasher is the Laura Schwarz-Kipp Professor Emeritus of Professional Ethics and Philosophy of Practice and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Tel Aviv University in Israel. He is co-author of the Israel Defense Forces Code of Ethics, “The Spirit of the IDF: Values and Basic Principles,” 1994. His research covers a broad range of topics in philosophy and ethics, including military ethics and medical ethics, and philosophy of language, as well as issues of Jewish identity. He wrote an influential defense of Israel’s ‘law of return’, justifying it as a form of affirmative action, following periods in which Jews were not allowed to immigrate to many countries. In 2000, Professor Kasher was awarded the Israel Prize for his work in philosophy and ethics.
Prof. Endre Sik
Endre Sik is a professor at the ELTE University, Department of Minority Studies, the director of the Centre for Refugee and Migration Studies at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and of the National Focal Point of the European Union Centre for Monitoring Race and Xenophobia. For ten years he was the chairman of Refuge – Association for Helping Migrants. He served as the president of the Hungarian Sociological Association, of the Sociology Committee of the National Research Fund. He is a project manager at TÁRKI Research Institute Inc. His main fields of research are: migration, Diaspora; xenophobia, labor market, informal economy, households’ economic behavior; social network capital.
Further information can be downloaded at http://ivris.fss.muni.cz/migrations
Conference took place in Convict of Holy Angels
Evaluation project for the Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services
Partner: Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services, Kent
Beneficiary institution: European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities
Period: January – October 2010
The objectives of the study Evaluation of ESF support for enhancing access to the labor market and the social inclusion of migrants and ethnic minorities has been to:
1. Assess the European Social Fund’s support for enhancing access to the labor market and the social inclusion of migrants and ethnic minorities;
2. Provide guidelines for the Member States on the implementation of ESF Operational Programs in the 2007-2013 programming period in order to target beneficiaries more effectively;
3. Identify effective means of tackling barriers to the social and labor market integration of migrants and ethnic minorities.
The evaluation focuses on ESF interventions in the 2000-2006 programming period, but also examines the implementation of ESF Operational Programs (OPs) to date in the new 2007-2013 period. The evaluation research takes into account activities supported through the EQUAL Community Initiative.
Through case studies and country reports at Member State level and through a thematic report addressing Roma integration issues, the evaluation aims to provide a comparative analysis between the Member States with regard to the main challenges in enhancing access to the labor market and the social inclusion of migrants and ethnic minorities.
15 EU countries have been included in the research in order to ensure a representative balance. CVEK covered activities of the project in Slovakia, conducted interviews with both policy makers and representatives of beneficiary organizations and prepared overview of ESF and EQUAL in Slovakia and intervention logic of ESF and EQUAL in Slovakia. CVEK analysed treatment of migrants, ethnic, and national minorities in selected ESF programs and in EQUAL, coordination of the HP EqOp implementation, roles of various entities in the Monitoring process, roles of various entities in HP EqOp monitoring, and bringed examples of good practices.
In 2010 CVEK co-organized already 9th edition of the V4 Summer School at the Willa Decius in Krakow. The 9th edition of the Visegrad Summer School brought 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 start an international co-operation between the people and the countries.
The program of the ninth edition of the Visegrad Summer School included debates on current political, cultural and social challenges in the global and European perspective, e.g. extremism, migration issues, Eastern Partnership, environmental protection, energy security policy, climate crisis and also regional and Euroatlantic cooperation. Global poverty, stabilizing missions at Afghanistan, Balkans and Africa have been discussed as well. An important part of the democracy section were lectures on the integration role of countries and a presentation of the regional responsibility for global problems. Students applied the theoretical knowledge in practical activities during workshops – they developed, political, social and cultural projects that aimed at establishing collaboration between them and their countries. On the weekend participants visited borderlands of Malopolska region and students also attended artistic events and learned about the culture of Krakow.
The organizers provided:
– educational programme and materials
– special events
– accommodation and board
– travel costs to/from/in Krakow
– their own insurance
– registration fee of 75 EURO
Call for applications for the Visegrad Summer School opened on 1 March 2010,
the deadline for applications was 31 March 2010.
Slovakia has been represented on the 9th edition of the Summer School by 9 participants:
Edita Bezdičková, FSS, Masaryk University, Brno
Pavol Kobárik, ESF, Masaryk University, Brno
Katarína Lokšová, FMV, University of Economics, Prague
Michal Polgár, FMV, University of Economics, Bratislava
Lívia Cseresová, FSEV, Comenius Univesity, Bratislava
Mária Nicolauvová, FF, Comenius University, Bratislava
Jana Hrčková, PF, Charles University Karlova, Prague
Jana Kočová, PF, Trnava University, Trnava
Katarína Klingová, FSEV, Comenius University, Bratislava
Realization of the project: IOM Bratislava
Period: September – December 2009
IOM Bratislava worked on the project “Migration in the Slovak republic after the entry into the EU (2004-2008) – analysis of migration trends and public attitudes toward issues of migration and integration of migrants”.
The aim of the project has been to gather complex and updated information on developments, trends, and impacts of international migration after the entry of the Slovak republic into the EU.
Project has been divided into two research components. The first one, conducted by Dr. Boris Divínsky, was focused on legal and illegal migration, labor migration, emigration and naturalization within the period 2004 – 2008. The second one was run by the CVEK under the leadership of Dr. Michal Vašečka and was focused on realization of the representative public opinion survey “Attitudes of the public toward migrants and toward international migration”. CVEK conducted also focus groups and semi-structured interviews in order to gather also qualitative information.
Project realization: Institute of Public Policy, FSES UK
Partner: Slovak Governance Institute
Period: January – December 2009
Project High quality research – precondition for a successful integration has been supported by the European Fund for Integration of Third Countries Nationals, part of the Program “Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows”.
Main goal of the project was to increase quality of integration policies. Project aimed to compare integration policies in various countries of the EU; to prepare set of new indicators for evaluation of integration policies; to analyze particular bodies involved in integration policies; to analyze perception of migrants on integration policies; and to assess strengths and weaknesses of integration policies in Slovakia.
In order to achieve goals of the project researchers conducted nine activities that were interconnected:
1. Comparative research of integration policies in other countries with a focus on managed migration;
2. Proposal of new indicators of integration policies in order to improve evaluation and further development of integration policies;
3. Analysis of activities of particular key-players within integration policies;
4. Qualitative research focused on experiences of legal migrants with integration in the Slovakia;
5. Analysis of integration level of particular groups of legal migrants;
6. Summary analysis of weak and strong dimensions of integration policies in Slovakia;
7. Research in the sphere of relevance and interconnections between integration policies and state policy in the sphere of social inclusion focused on autochtonous minorities and marginalized groups;
8. Publication with all research findings and with recommendations how to improve integration policies;
9. Seminar on research findings in the sphere of integration policy.
Altogether 16 authors has been working on the final publication of the project “Integration of migrants – do we know what we want? Policies of integration in the Slovak republic in a comparative perspective“:
The book has been published by the Institute of Public Policy of the Comenius Universityat the end of 2009, with a kind support of the European Fund for Integration of Third Countries Nationals.
Donor: European Fund for Integration of Third Countries Nationals; part of the Program Solidarity and Managment of Migration Flows; Ministry of Interior of Slovakia
Partner: Milan Šimečka Foundation
Period: April – December 2009
Center for the Research of Ethnicity and Culture in partnership with Milan Šimečka Foundation conducted since April 2009 a project Integration of children of third countries nationals into the educational system of Slovakia. Project builds up on positive policies realized in education sphere in the process of integration of children of third countries nationals. At the same time, project enriches previous policies by innovative methods that aim to secure their successful integration into the society.
The most important outcomes of the project:
1. Research of barriers of integration of these children into the education system;
2. Creation and experimental testing of innovative tools of integration;
3. Opening of a public discussion on problems of children of migrants in Slovakia;
4. Opening of a public discussion on needs of educational policies changes.
Set of practical policy recommendations for educational policies and integration tools aimed to be the result of the project. Outcomes of the project can help public policy makers to change and improve legislation in order to secure more effective integration of children from third countries. Results of the research can be utilized also by teachers in the form of manuals, techniques, and activities applied in the process of education within the classroom, school, and local community.
Period: January 2009 – December 2009
Also during 2009 CVEK continued, together with an initiativePeople against Racism, to collect and analyze data on racism and xenophobia in Slovakia. Racism and Xenophobia European Information Network (RAXEN) was established by European Monitoring Center of Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) that was changed into the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) in 2007. The main objective of FRA is to offer broad audience in the EU-25 objective, reliable and comparable data on issues of racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism in the territory of member states and to contribute to formulation of effective measures designed to fight racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism.
RAXEN Network consists of 25 national groups, one group operating in each member state. National groups are partners of FRA providing needed information and data on national level. Center for Research of Ethnicity and Culture together with People Against Racism form national group for Slovakia. Particular national groups carry out different tasks specified by FRA, collect information and statistical data about various activities in the area of fight against racism and xenophobia, work out general (general situation in the country) as well as specific reports (employment, education, housing, etc.).
On June, 10, 2010 European Agency for Fundamental Rights released FRA Annual Report on Fundamental Rights in 2009 that CVEK collaborated on.
In 2009 CVEK co-organized again V4 Summer School at the Willa Decius in Krakow. The 8th edition of the Visegrad Summer School brought a two-week educational program which provided an interdisciplinary learning space for 47 young Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak students, and for their peers from Ukraine, Romania, Russia, Kirgyzstan and Kosovo. 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 start an international co-operation between the people and the countries.
The program of the 8th edition of the Visegrad Summer School included debates on current political, cultural and social challenges in the global and European perspective, e.g. global economic crisis, Euro adoption, energy security, deficiencies of democracy, gender equality, gender sensitivity, or media development. Students applied the theoretical knowledge in practical activities. During workshops they developed political and social projects that aimed at establishing collaboration between them and their countries. Students took part in art projects as well – film and photo workshops. An important part of the cultural section were lectures on the culture – forming role of cities and a presentation of the cities competing for the title of the European Capital of Culture. On the weekend participants took part in study visits to Auschwitz-Birkenau and Kazimierz, the former Jewish district in Krakow. They also attended artistic events to learn about the culture of Cracow and visited the ethnographical museum of the Małopolska region.
Dr. Michal Vašečka lectured on the Summer School again, in 2009 on “Europeisation of civil society“.
Slovakia has been represented on the 8th edition of the Summer School by 10 participants:
Martina Horánska, ESF, Masaryk University, Brno
Nora Križanová, Central European University, Skalica
Marta Latináková, Bates College, Lewiston ME
Jarmila Mikušová, BISLA, Bratislava
Zuzana Nemethová, FSES, Comenius University, Bratislava
Zuzana Nováková, FSES, Comenius University, Bratislava
Ondrej Schütz, FSS, Masaryk University, Brno
Viera Slováková, University of Economics, Bratislava
Barbora Strapatá, University of Economics, Praha
Zuzana Tóthová, FSS, Masaryk Uversity, Brno
Donor: Block grant for NGOs from the financial mechanism of the EHP,Norwegian financial mechanism, and from the state budget of the Slovak Republic
Period: September 2008 – August 2009
Since September 2008 CVEK worked on theoretical and empirical project focused on possibilities and conditions of multicultural theory application in the Slovak context. Deriving from the both multicultural theory and practice, project is based upon pilot research how to study, analyze, and understand new ethnic, religious, and race minorities in Slovakia.
The first, theoretical phase of the project, identifies potential and barriers of applying multiculturalism in the process of integration of new minorities (migrants). The second, empirical phase desires to test limits of integration and maps specificities of the Slovak context in the process of multicultural policies implementation. Methodology applied in the project allows CVEK to identify expectations of members of new minorities in the process of integration into the institutions of majority.
Project attempted to enrich existing researchers in this field and proposes a complex theoretical-empirical model of the further research of the issue. Research brought new data on minorities and contributed to the process of further public policy formation in the field of new minorities integration.
An international research project carried out on a representative sample of 100 schools
Partner: Roma Education Fund, Budapest
Period: June 2008 – August 2009
The research has been carried out in co-operation with the Roma Education Fund. The purpose of this study was to analyze the overrepresentation of Roma in special education in Slovakia. Following a common structure and methodology developed by the Roma Education Fund in consultation with ERRC andEUMAP to produce comparable data from a set of three country studies (i.e., Czech Republic, Serbia, and Slovakia), this study consisted of two main parts.
The first part of the study addressed five research objectives common to all three country studies:
1. Estimating the number of Romani pupils enrolled in special education;
2. Mapping the educational options of Romani pupils from compact, segregated Romani settlements;
3. Comparing the standard and reduced curricula used in mainstream and special education, respectively;
4. Juxtaposing the opportunities for further education and employment accessible to graduates of special education with those available to graduates of mainstream education; and
5. Conducting a cost-effectiveness analysis comparing special and mainstream education from the standpoint of state expenditures
Whereas the first part of the study was structured in such a way as to maximize comparability across the three country studies, the study’s second part focused on features of the education system in Slovakia which distinguish it from its counterparts in the Czech Republic and Serbia. Topics addressed in the second part of the study included:
1. The structure of enrollment incentives offered to special schools and Romani parents;
2. The complex of institutions with a role in maintaining the status quo in relation to special education; and
3. The mechanisms used for assessment and reassessment of scholastic competence; as well as
4. Recommendations directed at reversing the overrepresentation of Roma in special education in Slovakia.
Project of Villa Decius and CVEK prepared for Polish NGOs
Partner: Willa Decius Krakow
Period: October 2008 – September 2009
Antidiscrimination Training Academy is a complex program for people working or cooperating with Polish NGOs that deal with the problem of human rights. The Academy included an intensive training in the field of human rights protection. The sessions of the Academy took place since October 2008 till September 2009 in form of conferences. Participants worked intensively in two groups: gender workshop and cultural sensitivity workshop. The Inauguration of the Academy took place on November 2008.
The Antidiscrimination Training Academy is an original complex program designed by the Villa Decius Association and CVEK for people working or cooperating with Polish NGOs. The Academy offers intensive training and presentations of the contemporary concepts and good practices in the field of human right protection. The offer is addressed mainly to the people working for NGOs active in the human rights field, but with a regard to the needs applicants from governmental and local government institutions that provide help for discriminated groups will be accepted too. Since October 2008 until September 2009 the first edition of the Academy has been organized with an aim to provide professional training for coaches and actual knowledge from the chosen issues in the field of human rights. Participants have been trained in two workgroups: gender and cultural sensitivity, which included also the problems of minorities.
The course consisted of 10 intensive conferences lasting for several days, with 340 hours of education and 250 hours of training in coaching. After completing the series of workshops, lectures, discussions and practical assignments the participants worked in pairs on a program of their own diploma training and following that they leaded workshops in their own companies (June 2009). Experienced trainers, supervisors of the Academy, graded the work of the graduates and provided recommendations and notes for planning the next development. After the summer break students have met at an evaluation session where they received their diplomas (September 2009).
Partners: Forum Institute, Šamorín
Research Institute of Slovaks in Hungary, Békescaba
Institute of Slavic and East-European studies, Charles University, Prague
Period: January 2008 – October 2008
Forum Institute, in cooperation with the Research Institute of Slovaks in Hungary, Institute of Slavic and East-European studies at the Charles University, and CVEK has organized series of 3 international workshops on “Effective participation of minorities on decision-making processes”. The aim of the project has been to foster dialogue on new approaches how to manage the ethnically diverse societies of Central and Eastern Europe.
The first workshop was held on April 10-11, 2008, in Šamorín. One of the purposes was to clarify the basic concept of minority participation. A presentation of four minority participation models followed, in the form of case studies. The presented models were based on Central European Hungarian and Slovak minorities, respectively on minorities in the Baltic countries. Elena Kriglerová took part on the workshop on behalf of the CVEK.
The second workshop of the series was held on May 15-16, 2008, in Budapest, at the House of Hungarian Culture (Magyar Kultúra Háza). This time, the focus was set on the southern part of the Eastern-Central European region. There were many detailed presentations about the situation in Ukraine – first of all about the Hungarian minority, followed by the topic of ethnic relations on the Krym Peninsula and the ethnic structure of the multinational Ukraine. Dr. Michal Vašečka participated on the workshop representing CVEK.
The third workshop took place on September 29-30, 2008 with experts from Serbia, Kosova, Estonia, Ukraine, Hungary, and Slovakia. Dr. Jarmila Lajčáková represented CVEK on the workshop.
Donor: European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)
Period: January 2008 – December 2008
Racism and Xenophobia European Information Network (RAXEN) was established by European Monitoring Center of Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) that was changed into the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) in 2007. The main objective of FRA is to offer broad audience in the EU-25 objective, reliable and comparable data on issues of racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism in the territory of member states and to contribute to formulation of effective measures designed to fight racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism.
RAXEN Network consists of 25 national groups, one group operating in each member state. National groups are partners of FRA providing needed information and data on national level. Center for Research of Ethnicity and Culture together with People Against Racism form national group for Slovakia. Particular national groups carry out different tasks specified by FRA, collect information and statistical data about various activities in the area of fight against racism and xenophobia, work out general (general situation in the country) as well as specific reports (employment, education, housing, etc.)
CVEK has been participating on cross-European project “Intercultural Navigators” that took place in 12 European countries (Slovakia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Great Britain, Ukraine). The project aimed at development of an international network of young and diverse influencers (Intercultural Navigators) and equipped them with leadership skills and intercultural competencies, which will enable their communities to fully benefit from opportunities presented by globalization and minimize the risk of exclusion and marginalization.
Within the project a diverse groups of next generation leaders have been selected. These young influencers will be helped to develop cultural literacy indispensable in building intercultural trust. Their leadership and communication skills will be developed so that they can contribute both to mainstream debate and to constructive action – helping others understand and communicate better with people from other cultures.
Project has been focused on following issues:
1. Diaspora communities and their relationships with home and receiving societies,
2. Unprecedented movement of people between new and old EU member states,
3. Globally mobile professionals and intercultural competency in global business,
4. Mainstreaming intercultural understanding in policy making at a all levels,
5. Linking leaders from “fortress” Europe, Africa and other regions,
6. Participation at all society levels as a positive measure addressing roots of radicalization.
In the scope of the project a multi-country study on youth political mobilization and radicalization in Europe – the European Survey on Youth Mobilization (ESYM) – is being conducted. The study is co-ordinated by the University of St. Andrews. In Slovakia as many as 300 semi-structured interviews were conducted by CVEK. These interviews became, together with interviews from other countries, a core for the Intercultural Navigation Manual. Project should be understood as a pilot study for an even more ambitious European Union survey.
CVEK research on political mobilization and radicalization of the European Youth (ESYM) has been coordinated by Mgr. Peter Hlohinec. Six students of social sciences from the Comenius University participated on the research as researchers:
Pavol Bellan (FF UK, Sociology)
Bc. Táňa Grauzelová (FSEV UK, Social Anthropology)
Bc. Naďa Horňáková (FSEV UK, Social Anthropology)
Peter Krištofič (FF UK, Sociology)
Lukáš Pikulík (FF UK, Sociology)
Bc. Gabriela Tydlitátová (FF UK, Sociology)
CVEK co-organized V4 Summer School at the Willa Decius in Krakow this year again. The Visegrad Summer School is a two-week educational program which provides an interdisciplinary learning space for young Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak students, and for their peers from other Central and Eastern European countries. The program consists of lectures, panel debates and seminars on issues and challenges relevant to the Visegrad Group region, the European Union and beyond.
The topics cover current social, economic, political and cultural issues, such as multiculturalism, economic transition in Central and Eastern European countries, relations between the EU and other countries, and European and national cultural identity and heritage. School gives many opportunities to learn about each other and start an international co-operation between the people and the countries.
The program of the seventh edition of the Visegrad Summer School included debates on actual challenges for European Union and political situation in Russia together with its implications for region. Environmental protection, energy security as well as regional and Euroatlantic cooperation were also discussed. The Summer school was aimed especially at graduate students, young researchers and journalists from Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary and some other CEE countries.
Dr. Michal Vašečka lectured on the 7th edition of the Summer School on “Paradigmal changes of multiculturalism in 21st century“.
1. News of CVEK
2. Web page of the Willa Decius
Slovakia has been represented on the 7th edition of the Summer School by 8 participants:
1. Eva Jakubčáninová, Faculty of Humanity Studies, Charles University, Prague
2. Marianna Mišúrová, Comenius University, Bratislava
3. Tina Gyarfášová, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Brno
4. Matej Kresáč, Faculty of Economics, Masaryk University, Brno
5. Lukáš Makovický, Faculty of Social & Economic Sc., Comenius University, Bratislava
6. Peter Hlohinec, Philosophical Faculty, Comenius University, Bratislava
7. Stanislava Šimurdová, Faculty of Social Science, Aalborg University, Aalborg
8. Zuzana Kostovčíková, Faculty of Arts, Constantin the Philosopher University, Nitra
Period: April 25-26, 2008
This Seminar was organized by the Conference of International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) of the Council of Europe in the context of the Slovak chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (November 2008 – May 2008). It should be noted that one of the three priorities of the Slovak chairmanship precisely consists in “promoting a citizens’ Europe” and “in strengthening the participation of civil society in the decision-making process at both national and multi-national levels”.
The main aim of this activity was to facilitate contacts between Slovak NGOs and their counterparts at the European level, in particular the INGOs enjoying participatory status with the Council of Europe. This should make it easier for Slovak NGOs to take part in the activities of the INGOs and the Council of Europe, thus strengthening the role of civil society in Slovakia and increasing the visibility of Slovak NGOs in Europe. At the same time, it should offer them an appropriate institutional framework, thus fostering exchanges and partnerships.
A further aim was to familiarize Slovak NGOs with the Council of Europe’s legal instruments in the fields covered during the conference as well as to raise awareness and understanding among the INGOs on Slovak civil society achievements and challenges.
It was proposed that the main topics focus on democracy/citizenship/participation through social issues, especially violence against women, including domestic violence.
Objectives of the Seminar:
1. To support Slovak NGOs and learn from their experience;
2. To compare the Slovak legislation regarding NGOs and Slovak consultation mechanisms between NGOs and public authorities with the European standards and practice and to foster relations between NGOs and public authorities;
3. To foster contact and co-operation between Slovak NGOs and INGOs enjoying participatory status with the Council of Europe;
4. To familiarize Slovak NGOs with the Council of Europe’s activities, including campaigns and legal instruments.
Main groups targeted:
Slovak NGOs and INGOs enjoying participatory status with the Council of Europe.
Partner: Open Society Foundation
Period: January 2008 – April 2009
According to several analyses conducted in Slovakia, education system is still relatively ethnocentric. Integration of autochtonous as well as of the so-called new minorities is so far failing also due to non-effective school system. School curricula do not reflect cultural diversity of Slovakia, school-texts are practically free of information on national and new minorities. This is clearly influencing both chances of integration of other ethnic groups and processes of majority population attitudes formation. Integration into the society is not possible without acceptation of minorities by the majority.
Multicultural education as a topic incorporating issues of cultural diversity into the educational system might be an effective tool for the integration of these minorities. Effective incorporation of the multicultural education into the school system depends, however, on numerous factors that have to be met. One of the most important ones is good knowledge of young people attitudes toward different ethnic and religious groups. Identification of prejudices and stereotypes can help to identify proper form of the multicultural education in order to implement it effectively.
Most important aims of the research have been identification of spheres that multicultural education should be focused on and recommendation of practical steps how to implement it into the educational system. The task of researchers has been to answer research question: “Which spheres should be multicultural education focused on within educational system in order to reflect changed needs of society in relation toward different types of minorities?” Quantitative analyses of attitudes and prejudices of elementary schools students is a result of the study that reflects regional and stratification differences.
Publication with results of the research was presented in the OSF Gallery in Bratislava on April 21, 2009.