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  • 03.10.2012
    Support to Civil Society Project held a closing conference

    The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia and Support to Civil Society Project organised the panel discussion on civic participation in the EU integrations titled ‘EU Integration – Who makes the decisions, who participates’ which was held on October 2nd 2012, in Belgrade Dom Omladine.

    This panel discussion presented the final event within the Support to Civil Society project which was launched by the Delegation of European Union to the Republic of Serbia in October 2010 with the overall goal to support active civil society participation in Serbia’s EU-integration. The overall grant amount allocated from IPA 2009 and 2010 Programme was four million euro. According to the results achieved in the public call for proposals, 43 civil society organisations have been selected to be supported.

    This final event started with 7-minute-long documentary film produced within Belgrade Philharmonic Foundation’s project ‘We Understand Each Other’, a kind of  ‘behind the scene’ film dedicated to preparations and performing of concerts to celebrate Jewish, Muslim, Catholic and Orthodox New Year’s Eves.

    The event continued with a panel discussion on the following topics: how civil society and  citizen itself contribute to the process of Serbia’s EU integration, to what extent civil sector already contributes to faster integration of Serbia to the European Union, as well as what is the future role of the civil society in this area. The special emphasis of the discussion was made on project’s objectives such as cultural diversity, tolerance and anti-discrimination, and local socio-economic development. Key panellists for this occasion were: Vincent Degert, Head of Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia, Ivana Ćirković, Director of the Government Office for Cooperation with Civil Society, Srđan Majstorović, Deputy Director of the Serbian European Integration Office, Nevena Petrušić, Serbian Commissioner for Protection of Equality, and Saša Janković, Serbian Protector of Citizens/ Ombudsman.

    The main message of the event was the harmonisation of Serbian regulations with EU standards, tolerance, open-mindedness and dialogue with civil sector will make Serbia more democratic. The panel discussion was opened by the Head of Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia Vincent Degert; while thanking to supported civil society organisations on activities implemented within the Support to Civil Society Project, he expressed a strong belief that Serbian society could be stimulated to become more democratic and tolerant. 

    ’This is a constant process of change, the constant fight for democratic values’, said ambassador Degert expressing satisfaction that the European Union, apart of other means, contributed to this struggle through the  financial support to civil sector.

    According to him, Support to Civil Society project has been dealing with concrete problems such as poverty, needs of people with disabilities, as well as employment and other daily issues which needed to be recognised, analysed and solved. Emphasizing that the project covered all the generations from pupils to elderly and promoted tolerance and gender equality in schools, ambassador Degert pointed out that the project goal was to create an inclusive society, with creativity and networking as additional values.

    In regard to the Government Office for Cooperation with Civil Society, its director Ivana Ćirković said that this office would not be closed as it was announced in one moment, since it is very important for the communication with citizens. ‘Since the moment the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society was formed 1.5 years ago, it helped to civil sector to become more open and, on the other hand, made state administration more sensible for the needs of civil society’, said Ćirković emphasizing the impression that this region was more privileged than others since the European Commission is taking care to strengthen the civil society.

    According to Nevena Petrušić, Serbian Commissioner for Protection of Equality, supported projects contributed to the situation that the institution of commissioner is now in position to change social context and influence harmonisation of regulations with the EU standards. These projects, especially those promoting tolerance and mediation in case of discrimination, were of great importance for public awareness rising in regard to these issues.

    Saša Janković, Serbian Protector of Citizens, said that ombudsman was much closer to the citizens than to state but citizens often made the mistake asking the state to help rather than to address the ombudsman. ‘State should not be addressed for everything and in every case, especially it is not the cheapest and most functional actor, but it is a guarantee of civil rights realization. For that reason, civil sector can help citizens in solving of different problems‘, said Janković.

    Srđan Majstorović, Deputy Director of the Serbian European Integration Office, stressed that this office has a good cooperation with citizens and civil sector. According to him, a great number of citizens participated in the public call of the Office: ‘This showed us that citizens are very interested for EU integration processes.

    Representatives of supported civil society organisations and their partner such as: Belgrade Philharmonic Foundation, Urban In – Novi Pazar, Educational Centre Leskovac, Centre for Advanced Legal Studies, Nature Conservation Movement of Sremska Mitrovica, etc. also took part in this panel discussion presenting their experiences and impressions gained through projects’ implementation.

    At the end of event, 5-minute-long film titled ‘Here I am – Legally Invisible’ produced within supported project ‘European Good Practices - Advocacy Tool in Serbia’ and implemented by Praxis organisation, has been projected. This film won third award at the Supetar Film Festival in Croatia this summer.

     

    GOPA
  • 28.09.2012
    Support to Civil Society Project final conference on October 2

    Panel discussion

    CIVIC PARTICIPATION IN THE EU INTEGRATION PROCESS

    ‘EU INTEGRATION – WHO MAKES THE DECISIONS, WHO PARTICIPATES?’


    The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia and Support to Civil Society Project organise a panel discussion on civic participation in the EU
    integration titled ‘EU Integration – Who makes the decisions, who participates’ which will take place on Tuesday, October 2nd 2012, in Belgrade Dom Omladine
    (Makedonska 22, Americana Hall) at 13.00 hours.

    This panel discussion presents the final event within the Support to Civil Society project which was launched by the Delegation of European Union to the Republic of Serbia in October 2010 with the overall goal to support active civil society participation in Serbia’s EU-integration. The overall grant amount allocated from IPA 2009 and 2010 Programme was four million euro. According to the results achieved in the public call for proposals, 43 civil society organisations have been selected to be supported.

    At the event schedule for October 2nd, participants will discuss the following topics: how civil society and  citizen itself contribute to the process of Serbia’s EU integration, to what extent civil sector already contributes to faster integration of Serbia to the European Union, as well as what is the future role of the civil society in this area. The special emphasis of discussion will be placed on project’s objectives such as cultural diversity, tolerance and anti-discrimination, and local socio-economic development.

    Key panelists for this occasion will be:

    - Vincent Degert, Head of Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia

    - Ivana Ćirković, Director of the Government Office for Cooperation with Civil Society

    - Srđan Majstorović, Deputy Director of the Serbian European Integration Office

    - Nevena Petrušić, Serbian Commissioner for Protection of Equality

    - Saša Janković, Serbian Protector of Citizens/ Ombudsman

    Mini-fair of grant beneficiaries outputs such as promotional materials, publications, different products and photos will be exhibited in the lobby in front of conference hall Americana.

    GOPA
  • 21.06.2012
    Successful finalisation of 'Reducing Young Women Unemployment' project

    The text is available in Serbian language.

    GOPA
  • 21.06.2012
    New media campaign of ASTRA

    The text is available in Serbian language.

    GOPA
  • 15.06.2012
    Green World – Green Serbia

    On the occasion of World Environment Day, the Delegation of the European Union to Serbia and the Ministry of Environment organized on June 5th one day event titled “Green World – Green Serbia”, with a view to promoting environmental protection. The event was organized in Belgrade Dom Omladine.

    Speakers at the event included Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Serbia, Ambassador Vincent Degert, Serbian Minister of Environment Oliver Dulić, Assistant Minister Nebojša Pokimica and Provincial Secretary of the Government of Vojvodina Dušanka Sremački.  On this occasion examples of good practice i.e. EU-funded eco projects have been presented to the public, and one of them was project Work, Order and Recycling, funded within Support to Civil Society Program and implemented by Treehouse.

    According to Head of the Delegation of the EU, everyone can contribute to environmental protection and it is important citizens participate in this while the Government must provide a clear implementation of the legislation and sanction all cases of pollution. Degert pointed out that only some 10% of waste water is treated in Serbia, while the EU has almost achieved a 100% level. About one third of EU laws are dedicated to environmental protection and challenges in this area can be costly, but also beneficial, through new jobs being opened. Degert says that Serbia needs some €10 billion of investments in order to reach the EU level of environmental protection and waste treatment. A fourth of total EU grants to Serbia is dedicated to this purpose, Degert emphasized.

    Serbian Minister of Environment Oliver Dulić stated that Serbia has managed to open 10,000 new jobs in the past 4 years through implementation of a green economy policy. Dulić says that there is a potential for opening another 50,000 new jobs in the next 4 years, and specified that 30,000 jobs could be opened in the sector of renewable energy sources while the remaining 20,000 could be opened in the waste management sector.

    In the second part of event, EU-funded project which accomplished good results in the area of environmental protection have been presented such as projects Regional landfill DUBOKO, Subotica waste water treatment plant, monitoring and improving air quality in Serbia, System for ash disposal in thermal power plant Nikola Tesla B, as well as project Work, order and recycling.

    Ivana Stevanović-Hempfling, manager of project Work, order and recycling which is funded within Support to Civil Society Program and implemented by Treehouse, presented activities and results achieved by project team in previous months. This is a regional kind of project implemented in four municipalities Kruševac, Ćićevac, Varvarin i Trstenik. According to project manager, within this project Treehouse has implemented important activities such as activity on collection of paper waste, establishing of cluster for collection of glass packaging waste in pedestrian zone in Kruševac, donation of 12 carts for individual collectors and 240 recycling containers for public utility companies. Furthermore, two ecological workshops ‘Creative Recycling’ have been organised and in cooperation with Jugoprevoz A.D. Kruševac ‘recycling bus’ was introduced in order to raise public awareness on environment and recycling.

    On this occasion, visitors also had an opportunity to access detailed information about EU funded projects in Serbia on a large interactive board, using an Interactive map of EU-funded projects which is available on the EU Delegation’s website www.europa.rs.

    Children’s theatre “Čarapica” presented their play “I take care about my planet, too”. The entrance ticket to the show was one beverage can. A recycling machine for these “tickets” was installed at EU Info Centre.

    GOPA
  • 15.06.2012
    Theatre performance supported within our project wins awards

    „Priče iz Kockograda“ (Tales from the Cubetown) is puppetry theatre performance made by 28 members  of youth theater group CEKOM  from Zrenajnin with the support of BAZAART from Belgrade, which won several awards at the DADRAS - seventeenth youth festival of theatrical creativity in Subotica.

    This theater play is a part of the project IDEAL - Drama Education for Intercultural Learning, funded by the European Union within the Support to Civil Society program. The project has developed a methodology for using creative drama in the process of education of young people for improving their social and intercultural skills. Nearly 200 teachers from Niš, Zrenjanin, Belgrade and Smederevo were trained through the project to use this method of working with young people in school and youth drama groups. In addition, two manuals for teachers were developed and other support instruments.

    In Subotica festival, the theatre play „Priče iz Kockograda“ (Tales from the Cubetown) won the following awards: award for the second best play, best director award to  Mina Sablić and Smiljana Tucakov, sound design awards to Boba Vidrić, award for the movement and the award for best play to Drama group CEKOM, award for best original music to Boba Vidrić and Dusan Kalejski,  award for the complete artistic impression and two awards for actors to Srdjan Grubački and Dusan Kalejski. Theatre CEKOM won special prise for long-term success in theatre work.

    Performance “Price iz Kockograda” is developed through creative drama process in which28 young people created drama text, movement and sketches for making dolls, combining puppet  theater with elements of physical theater. The play tells the story of the perfect cube family in the city of Cubetown which peaceful daily life will be disturb with the birth of an ball. This is a story about rejection of the others who are different, about changes and acceptance of itself.

    As a part of project IDEAL four more performances were produced with young people participating creative drama process.  “Znaš ti ko je moj tata” (Do you know who is my dady?) performed by elementary school Vladislav Ribnikar is a theater play that deals with social stratification. Theatre play “Servirano” (Served), performed by group from elementary school Milan Rakic, shows intergenerational differences from the eyes of children. Group of young people from the "Open Club" from Niš created a street performance "Lajkeri" questioning being equal but different in the same time. Youth theatre Patos from Smederevo realized performance "Tačka” (Point) that shows acceptance of diversity trough physical theatre and dance.

    All performances will be presented at the youth festival PATOSOFFIRANJE at the end of June this year. At the FORTRESS THEATRE festival in July, young people from France, Germany and Serbia will jointly create a street theater performance considering cultural pluralism among young people in the European context.

    GOPA
  • 28.02.2012
    "Yue Madeleine Yue" performance by Jeton Neziraj, directed by Blerta Rrustemi – Neziraj, produced by Qendra Multimedia, Prishtina, Kosovo

    “Yue Medelein Yue” is the newest play by the kosovo playwright Jeton Neziraj. On central focus of this tragicomedy of the absurd is a Roma family which was forcedly expelled from Germany to Kosovo. Found in a new reality, this family will have to face the challenges of the recently new- born state. A Roma girl, Medelein, one day falls in a hole opened by a construction company. And while the girl in coma fights for her life, her father, striving to pursue justice, faces bureaucratic officers, businessmen, policemen and embassy workers. This is a political drama about chaotic post-war Kosovo, but, before all, it is a drama about unwanted Roma in Europe. Away from those common stereotypes about Roma, away from that exoticism which usually accompanies Roma topics, “Yue Medelein Yue” is an intelligent drama that excellently reviews the emotional process that thousands of Roma people from Europe undergo, yielding to violent processes of repatriation. 

    CZKD - Center for Cultural Decontamination
  • 16.02.2012
    Zrenjanin and Belgrade received diplomas for drama pedagogy

    Final part of the IDEAL program workshops started in Zrenjanin on 4th and 5th February and continued in Belgrade on 10th and 11th February.

    Despite the snow and icy roads complete IDEAL team was present in Zrenjanin, including the representers of partners from the other cities and  Céline Mühl  from Carcassone France. Zrenjanin host organisation CEKOM welcomed  the participants with theater play performed by CEKOM youth theatre and presentation of puppetry scene of Zrenjanin.

    Program continued in Belgrade next weekend. Because of the heavy weather conditions the schools were officialy closed but elementary school Vladislav Ribnikar opened its classrooms for Belgrade teachers.

    After two days of very intensive training participants in both cities recived their certificates for finished drama pedagogy special course.

     

    Bazaart
  • 11.02.2012
    New web presentations

    In order to increase resources of our partner organization, and increase the visibility of their work, their websites are launched online where all people interested can get acquainted with their work.
    New web pages are  www.mnrlkg.org.rs for Society for support of mentally challenged persons Kragujevac, www.kecmnro.org.rs for Creative Educational Center For People with Developmental Disabilities - KEC MNRO Belgrade and www.mnro.org.rs for The Association for Persons with Disabilities of Municipality Ivanjica

    Center for Quality Education
  • 01.02.2012
    SECOND REGONAL TRAINING WITHIN THE “DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN SERBIA” PROJECT WAS HELD IN KRAGUJEVAC

    Kragujevac, 24th to 27th January, 2012, ”Šumarice“ Hotel – Second regional training within the ”Development of social entrepreneurship in Serbia“ project was held on the subject of “Capacity building of local institutions for development of potential of alternative economy in Serbia“.

    The training was organized for the representatives of Social Welfare Centres, National Employment Service, Municipalities and Offices for Local and Economic Development, as well as for the representatives of the NGO sector on the territory of Kragujevac and the surrounding municipalities and cities.

    A press conference and an info session for the unemployed were also organized, during which explanations were given on the mission of the project, development of the concept of social entrepreneurship in Serbia, as well as the cooperation between different stakeholders.

    Some of the topics addressed during the four days of training were: Opportunities and challenges of the development of social entrepreneurship in Serbia, Types of social enterprises in Serbia, Financial sustainability and fundraising-challenges, Establishment of local networks and partnerships in the areas of the employment of marginalized groups, Practices in the European Union and lessons learned.

    The lecturers were experts in the fields of social entrepreneurship from Serbia and Italy. The applied concept involved lectures on one side, and practical work on the other. The emphasis was placed on learning about the main challenges for the development of social entrepreneurship in Serbia, the ways in which the environment could be improved and on mutual cooperation between the participants.

    The next regional training is scheduled for the period from 21st to 24th February in Zaječar.

    The European Movement in Serbia is implementing the “Development of social entrepreneurship in Serbia” project, which is financed by the European Union under the project “Support to Civil Society”. The partners on the project are IRECOOP Veneto, Regional Institute for Education from Padua and Co.Ge.S, an association of citizens from Venice.

     

    European Movement in Serbia
  • 23.12.2011
    "How to find job after fifth decade" training held in Belgrade

    Center for Democracy Foundation, with the help of other partner organizations: NGO Amity, Union of employers and City Municipality of Zvezdara, organized the training „How to find a job after fifth decade" as part of the project Let's stop age discrimination and endorse active ageing. Two day training was held on 15th and 16th of December 2011. 

    Training was designed for older unemployed workers to help them target the problems and to help them on their daily search for new engagements. Representatives of relevant companies such as Nestle Serbia, Galeb Group, MPC Properties, National employment service and NGOs that deal with similar problems were present and gave their thoughts. The aim of the training was to define some of the most burning problems in Serbia regarding unemployed persons after the age of fifty, and to betoken on some of the potential mistakes in their search for job so far.

    The workshop was held in a form of open discussion leading to the conclusion that  lifelong learning is essential and could lead to better position on the job market despite the ageism that is unfortunately omnipresent in our society.
    Center for Democracy Foundation
  • 18.12.2011
    Development of Social Entrepreneurship in Serbia - First regional training

    Belgrade, 13th – 16th December, “M” Hotel – First regional training on the topic “Building the Capacity of Local Institutions to Develop Potential for Alternative Economy in Serbia” was organized within the Development of Social Entrepreneurship in Serbia project.

    The training was organized for the representatives of Centres for Social Welfare, National Employment Service, Offices for Local Economic Development, Chambers of Commerce and Regional Development Agencies and Centres on the territory of Belgrade and the surrounding municipalities and cities.

    Some of the addressed topics were: opportunities and challenges of the development of social entrepreneurship in Serbia, types of social enterprises in Serbia, how to establish a social enterprise, financial sustainability and fundraising challenges, establishment of local networks and partnerships in the areas of employment of marginalized groups, means for entry into the labour market and others.

    The lecturers were experts in the field of social entrepreneurship both from Serbia and Italy. The concept of the training involved both lectures and practical work. The emphasis was on learning about the main challenges for the development of social entrepreneurship in Serbia, as well as the ways in which the environment can be improved. The participants have, in particular, welcomed the idea of presenting different forms of social enterprises from Serbia, and the presentation of good examples from Italy.

    The next regional training with the same form is scheduled for the period from 24th to 27th January in Kragujevac.

    The Development of Social Entrepreneurship in Serbia project is implemented by the European Movement in Serbia with the support of the Delegation of the European Union in the Republic of Serbia, within the Support to Civil Society project while the partners on the project are Irecoop Veneto, Regional Institute for Education from Padua and Co.Ge.S, an association of citizens from Venice.

     

    European Movement in Serbia
  • 16.12.2011
    “Beautify the Word” – celebration of World Children's Day

    In McDonald’s restaurant at Terazije  on 18.11.2011 KEC MNRO from Belgrade and company McDonald’s organized a celebration  party for World Children's Day.

    According to Margareta Kecman this was opportunity for people with disabilities to be treated as equal members of society, who can contribute to its development. According to Margaret Kecman was on this occasion to talk to people with disabilities as equal members of society, who can contribute to its development. She pointed out how important is to give opportunity to people with disabilities so they can along with general population participate in process of education, to obtain basic life skills and to be included in regular society circles in all areas of life. KEC MNRO is trying that with its programs contribute to greater social inclusion of their users. Presenting the programs of KEC MNRO, Mrs. Kecman also presented “Club for children and youth” as new program which is being realized daily from 15 to 18h with financial support of European Comission.

    The celebration was attended by representatives of institutions NGOs and individuals, among whom were: Deputy Mayor of Belgrade Mr. Milan Krkobabić; from Ministry of Human and Minority Rights Mrs Borjana Peruničić; from Ministry of Education and Science Ms. Danijela Vuković; from McDonald's managing director Mr. Dragoš Pavičević. Celebrities that attended were: Ivan Tasovac, Miki Manojlović, Nikola Rokvić, Anabela Bukva, Slavko Beleslin, Milica Majstorović, Bojana Stojković and Mr. Ivan Zeljkovic who was the host of the program.

    Center for Quality Education
  • 25.11.2011
    Start of the "Let’s Stop Age Discrimination and Endorse Active Ageing" project

    Center for Democracy Foundation held a press conference on Friday, 25th of November in Medija center in Belgrade, regarding our new project:"Let's Stop Age Discrimination and Endorse Active Ageing"

    Speakers at the press conference were: sociologist Srećko Mihajlovićpresident of the Serbian Association of Employers Nebojša AtanackovićNadežda Satarićpresident of the management board of „Power of friendship AmitY" organisation and program director of the Center for the Democracy foundation Ksenija Petovar. 

    We also used this opportunity to promote publication „Older workers - some working, and some without work or pension". This books contains the results of the research which deals with people who are over 50 years old, and have numerous obstacles while trying to find a job. 

    You can watch the press conference here 

    We will implement the project in cooperation with NGO Snaga prijateljstva Amity, Serbian Association of Employers and Zvezdara Municipality.   

    The project is funded by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia, under the EU funded Support to Civil Society Project.  
    Center for Democracy Foundation
  • 20.11.2011
    Capacity building of civil society organizations which provide services in an inclusive environment

    Realization of two training held on 28th and 29th September 2011. In Vrnjacka Banja cycle of five held trainings has come to a close. Goal of these training was building of capacities of partner organizations for providing services in inclusive environment. Two-day training covered two topics: 1. Participation and 2. Monitoring and evaluation. Seminar „Participation of children in creating content of the club, managing the club and evaluation of service and content“ had the goal to allow participants recognizing value of participation of the children in programs and services which are intended for them and providing insight of levels and methods of participation of children and youth in the Club. To achieve this goal, participants worked through two blocks.  In first block work was done on: preconditions for participating; benefits of participation; levels of participation; criteria for evaluating existence and level of participation. Second block was related to: participation of children and youth in programs and services, as well as methods of participation by children and youth in evaluation of services and content.

    Seminar „Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)“ had the intention of providing understanding of monitoring and evaluation as mechanism for responsible managing of recourses , managing the knowledge and recourses in communities. Through two blocks from which first was about monitoring and second about evaluation, participants worked on: similarities and differences between monitoring and evaluation; monitoring as function of successful implementation of the project – table of monitoring; evaluation as function of time measurement, managing knowledge and opener of new project cycle; structure of logical matrix and key elements as base for M&E. 

    Feedback information received from seminar participants tell of high degree of satisfaction of participants by given topics, acknowledged as actual, very useful, and knowledge gained as useful.

    Center for Quality Education
  • 17.11.2011
    Public opinion polls in Vrbas and Kula

    On Wednesday, November 2nd 2011., representatives of the CeSID presented key findings of public opinion polls “Heating and transport habits of citizens in Vrbas and Kula”. Round table was held in the premises of Municipality Vrbas. The poll was conducted for the project “Inclusion of Civil Society Organization in Energy and Climate Policy Making at Local Level”. Project is implemented under EU funded Support to Civil Society Project, managed by Delegation of European Union to the Republic of Serbia and implemented by GOPA Consultants.

    Public opinion polls were conducted from September 20th until October 1st 2011. on the sample of 400 households in Vrbas and 400 households in Kula. The largest number of Vrbas and Kula citizens obtains the heating by individual appliance such as quartz heaters, air-conditioners etc.

    Centar za slobodne izbore i demokratiju
  • 16.11.2011
    EHO - FIRST RESULTS OF THE FIELD RESEARCH ARE PRESENTED TO PUBLIC

    First results of the field research are presented to public at press conference on 15th november 2011. At this conference that was organized by The Fund for the Development of the Non-profit Sector of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, Project Coordinator Daliborka Batrnek Antonić, Research Cooridnator dr Vladimir Mihić and Legal Counselor Neda Jovanović spoke about Project and about daily manifested problems that faces "street children", especially at health care field. Conference was followed and published by a number of media (Radio Televizija Vojvodina - Radio Novi Sad, redactions for Serbian and Hungarian programs; Novosadska TV; TV Kanal 9; Info biro; Magyar Szo; newspaper Press, Apatinske novine etc.)

    Ecumenical humanitarian organisation / Ekumenska humanitarna organizacija
  • 15.11.2011
    PLENUM KRLEŽA - Transition of art

    Plenum Krleža is a creative space for theater productions in progress, which includes performances, workshops, lectures and public readings of production scripts.

    Plenum Krleža is a production space for two theater plays - Newborn by Jeton Neziraj, play-writer from Prishtina and Trip to Russia, written by Miroslav Krleža and directed by Jovan Ćirilov. Both plays reflect relations between art and politics - Newborn about a state in making, Trip to Russia about a post-socialist state breaking away from the tradition of left-wing political praxes.

    Plenum Krleža is a dialogue with Holly Jolie, a performances of Edina Husanović from Tuzla, discussing relations between art and global media. 

    Plenum Krleža is also a critical reading of a selected set of essays written by Krleža: one set from epoch of his confrontation with the Communist party concetp of culture (1926-1952), and the other during his integration into cultural nomenclature (1952-1981). These two confronted epochs are: over-politicized concept of art and culture, in the past, and over-commercialized creative industries of today.

    Re-reading Krleža enhances new understanding of old polemics and disputes, while creating a space for new politics of solidarity and freedom.

    Reiterating Krleža as a subject of a public debate we wish to adress the issue of self-censorship and lack of intellectual freedom in a time when art and culture operate free from party/state interventions.

    This event has been organised by Center for Cultural Decontamination from Belgrade, together with Multimedia Center from Prishtina, Center „City“ from Tuzla, and Shadow Casters from Zagreb.

    CZKD - Center for Cultural Decontamination
  • 30.10.2011
    Activities of ANEM project “Crossing the Bridge of Diversity” – Research

    How the media tackle ethnic minorities in their programs, what are the most common journalistic practices in producing these programs, their scope, structure and quality, what is the attitude of journalists towards the ethnic cultural differences, what are the dominant media messages that form public opinion and public attitudes towards ethnic minorities in Serbia, what is the general perception of the public on ethnic cultural diversity issues, what is the link between the media, journalists and the public in the chain of forming stereotypical ways of thinking about certain ethnic minority groups - these are some of the most important issues treated in the research, which was conducted in the first months of implementation ANEM one-year project "Crossing the Bridge of Diversity".

    The research was conducted during August, September and October 2011, by the research team of ANEM partner on this project, the Faculty of Political Sciences, Belgrade, under the leadership of professor Snjezana Milivojevic, PhD, in cooperation with ANEM. Through the analysis of secondary research materials, quantitative analysis of media programming structures and schemes, qualitative program content analysis of selected media in Serbia in three territorial areas (northern, central and southern Serbia), as well as through focus groups with journalists and citizens - the public, the research was aiming to identify the main characteristics and shortcomings in presenting selected ethnic groups in the media, as well as the complex process of forming stereotypical attitude towards the ethnic minority communities in Serbia, which involved both the media and journalists and citizens - the audience.

    Within three months of research work, research materials on variety and presence of topics of ethnic cultural diversity in the media were actively collected and analyzed, with conducted quantitative and qualitative analysis of program offerings of the media and participation of a significant number of ANEM stations. Furthermore, eight focus groups in 4 cities were organized (Novi Sad, Cacak, Nis and Belgrade), with a large number (total 76) participants, of which 39 journalists and 37 citizens - audience of carefully balanced gender, age and education and with a large number of representatives of ethnic minority communities among them. The results of the research will be announced in November, after the conclusion of the ongoing analysis of all collected data. The research results will be used in preparation of the Recommendations for media reporting on ethnic cultural diversity in Serbia, which would be the basis for a new approach to these topics and for determining the concept of radio and TV series (10 programs per each) planned by this project. Recommendations should serve as a guide to journalists about the forms of stereotypical coverage of certain ethnic communities that need to change, as well as instructions for how such programs can be made more innovative and creative to maintain the perception of value and importance of cultural diversity for the society as a whole, as well as to influence their better acceptance.

    The results of the research and Recommendations, enriched by experience in working on the production of programs planned by the project, will be integrated into the E-Guide, which will be available to ANEM stations in June 2012. This Guide will enable them to continue to treat topics relating to ethnic cultural diversity in a new and more adequate way, so that they would contribute to the promotion of tolerance and pluralism in our society.

    Association of Independent Electronic Media (ANEM)
  • 27.10.2011
    Continued Education Cycle

    Strengthening the capacitates of civil society organizations which provide services in an inclusive environment has been continued. In Vrnjacka Banja from 24 to 28 August 2011, training was carried out by 14 professionals and volunteers from the “Society for support of mentally challenged persons” from Kragujevac, “Creative Educational Center For People With Developmental Disabilities – KEC MNRO” from Belgrade and “The Association for Persons With Disabilities of the Municipality of Ivanjica”. Themes covered training two areas. The first theme was related to the partnership and the second on the usage of interactive methods and skills to create inclusive content.

    By dealing with the partnership participants were able to work on: a) understanding of partnership as a precondition for the development of innovative and sustainable solutions, and b) perception of potential for developing partnerships at the local level and developing partnerships between partners within the project.
    Assessment of potential for partnership development was done through: analysis of existing partner relationships that organizations have with key social actors in the region, mapping of potential partners in local communities and recognizing the steps in establishing a partnership initiatives.
    Part of the training was related to presenting and mutual acquainting of partner organizations. By presenting themselves, organizations were able to offer, but also recognize the potential of others for the developing partnerships, on both clubs and organization levels.
    Second thematic unit related to: application of interactive methods and skills to create inclusive content. In this topic participants worked on: the experience of the workshop, understanding the process of interactive methods (micro-dynamics and principles of the workshop); cooperative learning. Part of the training included practice of new knowledge and skills in creating of inclusive content.

    Education was assessed by participants as very useful in terms of obtaining of new knowledge and skills and inspiring the functioning of the club as an inclusive environment.

    Center for Quality Education
  • 27.10.2011
    Nusicijada 2011.

    Traditional festival „ Nusicijada“ was held from 2nd to 4th September in Ivanjica. During the three-day program children and youth from Club have joined different activities.  The costume defile along with other citizens from Ivanjica, dressed in spirit of Nusics time, strolled through main street around noon. Sharing flyers, putting up posters and control of the tickets for theater and concerts, was an opportunity to feel they are part of the most important cultural events in the city. Inevitably was the presence on all important events - concerts, film screenings and theatrical performances. Being part of the community in this way, to children and youth from the Club provided a sense of fulfillment and joy. 

    Center for Quality Education
  • 27.10.2011
    Promotion at Belgrade municipality of Zvezdara 19th September

    In the hall of the Municipality Stari Grad Center for Quality Education and Creative Educational Center For People With Developmental Disabilities in Belgrade presented their project "Clubs for children and young people" to key persons who deal with persons with disabilities and representatives of the Red Cross. The presentation was attended by:
    Dusan Ignjatovic - Member of the Municipal Council Zvezdara in charge for people with disabilities,

    Mirjana Miljojkovic - Municipal Council member in charge of the municipality Zvezdaras office for youth,

    Sonja Stamenović - Head of Department for Education, Culture and Sport,

    Ivana Maliković - office coordinator for persons with disabilities of municipality Stari Grad

    and activists of the Red Cross: Theodora Đaković, Jelena Radivojević and Aleksandar Zlatic Arsenović.

    The project was presented as part of a broader EU program "Civil Society Facility" which is intended to support CSOs (civil society organizations) in order for them to actively participate in further process of integration of Serbia into the European Union.

    As the project interventions targeted the establishment and improvement of the system services that provide local communities and marginalized groups to increase the degree of social inclusion of people from marginalized groups, it caused great interest to all present.

    Besides there being recognition of space for collaboration, there was agreement on realization of joint meeting in October for taking first specific steps.

    Center for Quality Education
  • 27.10.2011
    Citizens of Cacak participated in IJAS action despite poor weather

    The action 'I have a right to know how you spend my money'  was organised by IJAS and 'Cacanske' weekly took place on Saturday, 22 October at the City Square in Cacak.

    Despite poor weather conditions, citizens participated in the action by voting for topics 'Cacanske' weekly and NUNS should investigate in the next six months. Based on the preliminary results, citizens of Cacak are mostly interested in how public procurements in local administration and PC „Gradac“  are made. Younger citizens voted for investigating the employment subvention program as well as the use of funds allocated to youth and sport at local level.

    Our action in Cacak was supported by local civil society organisations – association of youth „Identity“, „Cacak home country association“,  Roma association 'Bibijace cave' as well as the representatives of the 'Trade Union for Cacak education“

    On 29 October, IJAS will finalise this phase of the project 'Greater transparency of local governments – citizens’ right, state’s obligation' supported by the EU with action organised with 'Juzne vesti' news portal in Obrenovic Street in Nis.

    Nezavisno udruzenje novinara Srbije
  • 18.10.2011
    Citizens of Krusevac interested in work of local administration

    On the Krusevac Liberation day on Friday, 14th October and on Saturday, 15th October, citizens of Krusevac responded to ‘I have the right to know who you spend my money’ action organized by NUNS and ‘Grad’ weekly.

    In total 385 citizens of Krusevac visited our stand and chose topics related to transparency of local self-government work they think ‘Grad’ weekly should investigate. Citizens were offered to add two new ones they feel are most relevant, in addition to already listed topics. A large number suggested that ‘Grad’ should research why the heating season had not start in time – 15th October.

    In addition to citizens, our action was supported by three local civil society organizations – Educational Center (Edukativni centar), Women Association ‘Pescanik’ (Udruzenje zena ‘Pescanik’) and ‘Step forward’ (‘Korak napred’) whose representatives also chose topics ‘Grad’ should investigate in the following six months.

    Final results of voting will be published at the end of October, after realization of the actions in remaining two cities – Cacak and Nis. 

    Nezavisno udruzenje novinara Srbije
  • 18.10.2011
    Press Release on the Occasion of October 18 – European Anti Trafficking Day

    On the occasion of October 18 – European Anti Trafficking Day, ASTRA – Anti Trafficking Action, as an NGO which has been providing direct assistance and support to trafficking victims for ten years, wishes to remind citizens of Serbia that although many activities have been carried out in the last few years, primarily aimed at public awareness raising and although it could be often heard that legal and institutional frameworks for victim assistance and protection have been significantly improved, a little has actually changed for trafficking victims in Serbia compared with several years ago.

     

    For many years, ASTRA has been warning about problems in the reintegration and social inclusion of trafficking victims. Serbia did not have a shelter for urgent accommodation of victims for a long time, while specialized shelter for trafficked children still does not exist, although children take a substantial share among identified victims in the Republic of Serbia. The social protection system has broad competences in providing care for trafficked children, but it is also an important actor with regard to adult victims, too; still, it lacks capacities – both human and financial – to put these competences in operation. Also, a document that would define the procedures for work with trafficking victims, from the moment of identification until the end of reintegration, with indicators for identification of victims as its integral part has not been defined yet; this also applies to minimum standards in the process of the provision of assistance. For this reason, it is not possible to carry out a quality monitoring of work of different actors which provide direct assistance to trafficking victims.

     

    Trafficking in human beings in Serbia is still seen solely in the context of sexual exploitation, neglecting all other forms. Although an increasing number of labor exploitation cases is registered every year, where our citizens are exploited in construction sites in foreign countries, support and assistance programs for them do not exit and the assessment of workers’ security when they return to Serbia is never done. Preventive activities aimed at reducing recruitment for labor exploitation are not carried out, while the National Employment Service and competent Ministry of Economy and Regional Development do not see a need to take more active part in anti-trafficking activities. Trade unions are also not involved in preventive activities aimed at stopping labor exploitation. Although the police as a rule collect many statements from workers and on that basis file criminal reports, the number of indictments for human trafficking for labor exploitation is negligible.

     

    As far as the prosecution of perpetrators is concerned, trials are still too lengthy, exposing victims to secondary victimization and preventing them from leaving traumatic experience behind and regaining control over their lives. Namely, they are expected to appear in court sessions, face their exploiters over and over again and make a statement that would be vital evidence for the prosecution. In addition to the fact that their security is not ensured in a systemic way, victims are also exposed to humiliating and degrading treatment not only by defense counsel, but also by judges and prosecutors. Although human trafficking is treated as a form of organized crime everywhere in the world, for several years in Serbia no operative treatment has been initiated which the Prosecutor for Organized Crime would qualify as a human trafficking offence committed by an organized criminal group. The discovering of cases of organized criminal groups which sell and exploit our citizens in foreign countries is neglected, but the emphasis is on internal trafficking. Although this is highly profitable crime, until today no trafficker had to face permanent confiscation of criminal assets, while no victim won compensation through a final and enforceable judgment.

     

    Efficient tackling of human trafficking is one of the conditions on Serbia’s path to EU membership. Although it is a strong incentive for building a mechanism that would help victims to successfully recover and return to society, it seems that many activities and measures are taken in order to “reach” certain standards only formally, without essential regard to the quality and efficiency of their implementation in practice. It also seems that EU membership and positive reports by foreign governments are in the focus of anti trafficking in Serbia, and not the wellbeing of persons who were exposed to the worst imaginable exploitation and torture for months and even year in the human trafficking chain. At the same time, professionals with excellent results in combating human trafficking – in prosecutor’s office, police, media – are faced with marginalization in their work places and even with charges pressed against them by suspected or convicted traffickers, in which situation they do not have any support from the state. Insufficient attention is paid to taking care about professionals and motivating them to stay, but persons without experience are appointed on key positions for providing support. Serbia still does not have a budget line for combating human trafficking, but it relies on ad hoc allocations and donations from international organizations, which in this way become the owners of anti-trafficking in Serbia.

     

    Only by affirming committed professionals and creating a sustainable HR policy, by passing all necessary bylaws and by forming a budget line for victim assistance the government will show genuine will to efficiently combat trafficking in human beings.

     

    ASTRA believes that the establishment of an independent and efficient mechanism for continuous data collection and analysis and for reporting on human trafficking, which exists in many European countries, would contribute to the enhancement of the national referral mechanism in Serbia. The institute of National Rapporteur as an independent body would enable qualitative and quantitative information on the spread of human trafficking and trends, as well as on criminal investigation and prosecution of perpetrators, the analyses of undertaken measures and prevention activities, the quality of identification and assistance and protection to victims. On that basis, National Rapporteur would be able to formulate recommendations to the government for the improvement of anti-trafficking policy and practice.

    ASTRA - Anti Trafficking Action
  • 15.10.2011
    News from first training

    In the framework of the project „Social Inclusion at the Local Level“ implemented by the NGO SeConS – Development Initiative Group in partnership with Pirot Municipality, the first training with Social Inclusion Team members was held at Stara planina from 13-15 October 2011. 

    The aim of the training was to strengthen the capacities of Social Inclusion Team members for the development and implementation of social inclusion policies in accordance with European standards. Members of the Social Inclusion Team had the opportunity to increase their knowledge and competencies related to social inclusion policy at the local level by participating in this training.

     

    SeConS
  • 13.10.2011
    Researchers are at the field

    Field researchers are visiting members of the street children and their parents at two Roma non-hygienic settlements and schools. By using both interviews and questionnaires they are collecting data which will show us all aspects of the problems that are facing street children population. It will also help to understand two types of discrimination: direct and indirect.

    Ecumenical humanitarian organisation / Ekumenska humanitarna organizacija
  • 13.10.2011
    Press Conference

    Press conference will be held in Novi Sad on November 15th 2011, at Government building of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, Banovinski prolaz street, 1-st floor, hall 3, with beginning at 13,00 hours.

    This conference will be about action and preliminary results of Project and it's aim is informing the public about issues concerning street children.

    Dr Vladimir Mihic from University of Novi Sad, Department for psychology, sector of Social psychology, Daliborka Batrnek Antonic, Project Coordinator and Ana Segedinski, Director of Fund for development of non-profit sector of Vojvodina alreddy confirmed their participation.

    Ecumenical humanitarian organisation / Ekumenska humanitarna organizacija
  • 12.10.2011
    Citizens of Kikinda voted for investigation topics

    IJAS' first action "I have the right to know how you spent my money" was implemented on Saturday, 8. October 2011 in Kikinda.

    Citizens of Kikinda had the opportunity to choose which topics related to transparency of local self-government work they would like "Kikindske" weekly to investigate during the next six months. The event took place on the main City Square.

    In total, 232 citizens of Kikinda responded to our action, chose topics and voted.

    During our conversation with them, it transpired that all topics mentioned on the ballot paper were equally significant, proving that our choice was adequate.

    The final result of the action will be published by the end of October, after events in remaining three towns covered by our project - Cacak, Krusevac and Nis

    The event in Kikinda coincided with traditional local manifestation "Days of Pumpkin" which attracted many citizens of Kikinda and other Serbian cities. In addition the them, 26. manifestation that lasted from October 6 -9, was visited by many foreign tourists who showed interest in IJAS action and gave their support to projects dedicated to raising awareness about citizens' rights. 

    The event  "I have the right to know how you spent my money"  was organised in cooperation with "Kikindske" weekly.

    Nezavisno udruzenje novinara Srbije
  • 11.10.2011
    Training for field researchers

    Training for field researchers was held in EHO's building in Novi Sad on September 10th 2011.

    The field research is conducted by students of bachelor and master studies of the Department of Psychology and volunteers (outreach workers) of EHO Shelter who are also mostly students of psychology, sociology, etc. at the University of Novi Sad. The two psychology professors, from the core team held trainings to volunteers and students on how to collect data professionally and what are the best possible methods. The training lasted for one day. 

    Ecumenical humanitarian organisation / Ekumenska humanitarna organizacija
  • 07.10.2011
    Youth Entrepreneurship Civil-Public Partnership

    Specific objective of the project is:

     Creation of efficient institutional mechanism of cooperation and partnership among civil society organizations, local authorities and other relevant stakeholders, for development and promotion of youth entrepreneurship in Sumadija and Pomoravlje regions

     Basic target group is:

    Civil society organizations, including informal youth groups (students' parlament etc.) from the region of Sumadija and Pomoravlje, 13 cities/municipalities from the region of Sumadija and Pomoravlje

     Users of the planned activies are:

    Young people between the age of 15 and 30, including graduates, bachelors, unemployed, local community and business sector, all from Sumadija and Pomoravlje region

     
     Expected results:

    1. Improved capacities of civil society organizations and informal youth groups for fostering and promotion of youth entrepreneurship in the region of Sumadija nad Pomoravlje.

    2. Developed and adopted action plan for youth entrepreneurship in Kragujevac.

    3. Raised level of knowledge about the best practices in EU in the area of youth entrepreneurship on the field of project realisation

     Field of project realisation:

    Region of Sumadija and Pomoravlje, 13 municipalities/cities

     Duration:

    12 months

    Business Start-Up Center Kragujevac
  • 29.09.2011
    Round table How to improve the inclusion of persons with disabilities into the community through public/private partnerships?

    Roundtable is an activity within the project "Employment of persons with disabilities through public / private partnership" , which is implemented by Mental Disability Rights Initiative MDRI-S in partnership with the Association supporting persons with developmental disabilities ``Nasa kuca ``, and  in cooperation with the City Municipality of Zvezdara and Balkan Community Initiatives Fund (BCIF) with the financial support  of Delegation of  European Union in the Republic of Serbia. The goal of the project is to build capacities of local stakeholders to create and improve services for persons with disabilities through promotion of social cooperatives as a sustainable employment  model.

    We consider this topic very important for the community itself, as well as for civil and public sector. These sectors will have to cooperate much closer in order to provide new social services for persons  with disabilities. This is the reason why representatives of civil society organizations, representatives of relevant  government institutions and local governments will take part at the round table.

    Mental Disability Rights Initiative of Serbia - MDRI
  • 16.09.2011
    Press conference announcing the project Greater transparency of local governments – CITIZENS’ RIGHTS, STATE’S OBLIGATION

    Media center Belgrade, Terazije 3/II floor

    19th September 2011 at 12:30

    Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia is announcing the start of a project Greater transparency of local governments – citizens’ right, state’s obligation as a part of the ”Support to civil society” initiative of the Delegation of European Union in Republic of Serbia.

    The project will contribute to active civil society participation in socioeconomic development of four local municipalities and advancing civil society organisations’  work through ensuring greater transparency of the public administration finances.

     

    The project’s goal is to increase professional media coverage of the public administration and the budget spending of four towns in Serbia – Kikinda, Krusevac, Prijepolje and Cacak. Through our cooperation with four print media and local civil society organisations, the citizens will have an insight into local government functioning and spending of the budgets intended for development of their municipalities.

    The project lasts one year and is implemented in cooperation with the Centre for investigative journalism in Bosnia and Herzegovina and with the following print media:  Kikindske (Kikinda), Čačanske (Čačak), Grad, ( Kruševac)  and Polimlje  (Prijepolje).

    Guest speakers:

    • Vukašin Obradović  –  president of the Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia
    • Branko Čečen – director of IJAS Center for investigative journalism
    • Vladimir Jovanović – Chief of cabinet, Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities
    Nezavisno udruzenje novinara Srbije
  • 16.09.2011
    Project ELiS announced at the press conference

    The initial press conference took place on Friday 2nd September 2011 at the Media Centre in Belgrade. The event aimed at drawing public attention to the problem of discrimination against the elderly in Serbia and announcing the action. The conference was attended by Dr Katarina Popovic, president of the Adult Education Society, Dusan Zdravkovic, project manager and Mirjana  Klapprodt, media campaign coordinator.  

    Adult education society
  • 15.09.2011
    Recruitment of young women entrepreneurs

    Association of Business Women in Serbia published a call for applications in August 2011 on the Infostud site (www.infostud.rs) with the aim to recruit and select young women who are interested in becoming self-employed or starting their own businesses.

    Applications were received mainly from the rural municipalities of Belgrade, Valjevo and Kraljevo/Cacak, with the young women showing the most interest in the fields of catering organic food production, but also in related activities such as cultivation and marketing of medicinal plants, development of ethno souvenirs and wellness in rural tourism.

    The training and mentoring program begins in September 2011 and will last 10 months through June 2012, when the results of training and mentoring pairs will be presented at a public closing event.

    Association of Business Women in Serbia
  • 14.09.2011
    Initial workshop - ELiS project

    Adult Education Society has realized the Initial workshop of the ELiS project. The aim of the workshop was to create the team that will implement the project and to reflect on existing stereotypes and consequences of ageism. We have also presented the methods to be used during workshops in the local community and additional activities designed to be implemented during the exhibition.

    Adult education society
  • 12.09.2011
    News from introductory meeting

    For purpose of the project “Social Inclusion at the Local Level”, an introductory meeting  with the Social Inclusion Team from the municipality of Pirot and representatives from SeConS was held in the ceremonial hall of Pirot municipality on the 12th of September 2011.

    The main objective of the meeting was to present the participants on the project, to agree upon a schedule and work plan for the future, and to asses the needs for training of Pirot team members.

    SeConS
  • 06.09.2011
    Press conference to announce the project ''All Different, All Equal''

    To mark the beginning of the "All Different, All Equal" project, a press conference was held in the press hall of the Government of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina on 30 August 2011. The project is being implemented by Novi Sad Humanitarian Centre (NSHC) in partnership with primary schools ''Zarko Zrenjanin'' in Apatin, and ''Samu Mihalj'' in Becej, and with the Provincial Secretariat for Education, Administration and National Communities as an associate. Aim of the project is to contribute to the creation of inclusive culture, policy and practice in primary schools in Vojvodina, thus providing equal participation of all children in education, regardless of their gender, disability, social, or ethnic background.

    Journalists were addressed by the deputy secretary Dr. Zoltan Jeges, who stressed the importance of such initiatives in primary schools in Vojvodina. NSHC program coordinator Danijela Korac-Mandic presented the project goals and emphasized that the creation of an inclusive school is only possible with the development of inclusive culture, policy and practice. Representatives of partner schools in this project, Klara Kurin-Barta from Becej and Sanja Tadic from Apatin spoke about the significance of this project's implementation in their municipalities and the significance of inclusive education in multiethnic communities.

    The project is funded by the EU Delegation in Serbia, within the ''Support to Civil Society'' project, financed by the EU.

    Novi Sad Humanitarian Centre
  • 05.09.2011
    First of five planned trainings held in inclusive environment

    Center for Quality Education from Belgrade, with support from partner organizations, Society for support of mentally challenged persons Kragujevac, Creative Educational Center For People with Developmental Disabilities - KEC MNRO Belgrade and The Association for Persons with Disabilities of Municipality Ivanjica, started in the beginning of July 2011 realization of the project “Clubs for children and youth”. Main activities of the project are: capacity building of service providers, functioning of clubs, advocacy and dissemination of learnt lessons.

    As part of capacity building for providing services in inclusive environment, first of five planned trainings has been held. 14 professionals and volunteers, from all three partner organizations, have attended the training “Club as mechanism for building social cohesion and overcoming marginalization” held on 10th,11th and 12th of July 2011 in Mataruska Banja.

    On the training, with usage of interactive working methods, it was worked on: understanding the factors which lead to marginalization; understanding concept of the club as mechanism which can support building of social cohesion and overcoming marginalization; organizational-methodological concept of the club and roles of leader in the club.

    Center for Quality Education
  • 01.09.2011
    Project "Inclusion of Civil Society Organizations in Energy and Climate Policy Making at Local Level"

    Center for Free Elections and Democracy (CeSID) has signed project implementation contract with European Union, represented by European Commission, on July 28, 2011.

    In partnership with Municipality of Vrbas, Municipality of Kula and Centre for Ecology and Sustainable Development (CEKOR) from Subotica, CeSID will work on reduction of carbon intensity especially in mentioned municipalities. In cooperation with CSOs and local authorities we will promote EU standards in energy and climate policy making.

    Expected results:

    • Sustainable Energy Actions Plans (SEAP) prepared for Vrbas and Kula;
    • Programming Framework of Regional Development Agencies tackles climate and energy preservation;
    • CSOs trained to participate in energy and climate policy making.

    Particular attention will be paid on establishing monitoring of climate and energy policy making at local level in Serbia and development of tools for effective monitoring and evidence based policy making.

    Some of the activities include:

    • Preparation and conduction of household hitting and transport survey;
    • Development of tailored training curricula for major CSO groups;
    • Preparation of the guide for public participation in energy and climate policies making.

    Project implementation period will be 12 month.

     

     

    Centar za slobodne izbore i demokratiju
  • 01.09.2011
    „Inclusion of Civil Society Organizations in Energy and Climate Policy Making at Local Level“ – implemented activities and activities for next months

    Beginning of the project implementation started with several activities:

    Series of meeting was held:

    • Meeting with representatives of CSOs, Centre for Ecology and Sustainable Development. Representatives discussed about future project activities;
    • Meeting between representatives of CeSID, Energy Planning expert and representatives of partners in the project (Municipalities of Vrbas and Kula). Project and project activities were presented to the local authority representatives. All present agreed that Energy planning expert, along with representatives of Vrbas and Kula, will start collecting all necessary documentation for development of SEAP elements for Municipality of Vrbas and Kula;
    • Meeting between representative of CeSID team and representatives of Regional Development Agencies for Srem and Bačka and with Centre for Strategic Economic Studies “Vojvodina CESS” Government of AP Vojvodina, which are associates on the project;
    • On the meeting of Council of Centre for Free Elections and Democracy, held on July 21, 2011. was formed a team which is in charge for implementing Component 1 (Local Governments Strengthened to design, implement and monitor energy and climate policies in participatory manner). Members of team are: Programme Director, Project Manager and representatives of Municipalities of Vrbas and Kula. At the same meeting it was formed another team, which is in charge for implementing Component 2. Component 2 include activities considering CSOs strengthening to participate in energy and climate policy making, implementation and monitoring in Serbia. Project Manager and Energy Planning expert were appointed on this occasion.

    On the mentioned meeting it was agreed that in September starts work on preparation and conduction of household heating and transport survey in Municipality of Vrbas and Kula. In the end of September, research findings and implemented activities will be presented to the local stakeholders on the round table in premises of Municipality Vrbas.

     

    Centar za slobodne izbore i demokratiju
  • 01.09.2011
    Komitet pravnika za ljudska prava počeo sa pružanjem pravne pomoći žrtvama diskriminacije, naročito učenicima, nastavnicima i zaposlenima u školama.
    Lawyers' Committee for Human Rights - YUCOM
  • 01.09.2011
    Komitet pravnika za ljudska prava počeo sa pružanjem pravne pomoći žrtvama diskriminacije, naročito učenicima, nastavnicima i zaposlenima u školama.
    Lawyers' Committee for Human Rights - YUCOM
  • 29.08.2011
    Pozorištem protiv predrasuda
    Resource Centre Majdanpek
  • 29.08.2011
    ANEM Project “Crossing the Bridge of Diversity”

    According to recent researches, ethnic distance is still very present in our society. Aiming to contribute to its reduction and development of tolerance and cultural pluralism in Serbia, in late June 2011, ANEM began implementing a one-year-long project titled "Crossing the Bridge of Diversity" in cooperation with its partner, the Faculty of Political Sciences and with the support of the EU Delegation in Serbia.

    Deeming that the media is a key actor in the democratization of society that significantly affects the creation of public opinion, consequently the reduction of ethnic distance, ANEM, as an association of broadcasters, will seek to achieve several objectives through the implementation of this project: to educate the public in this area, through the production and broadcasting of radio and TV programs on ethnic cultural diversity, with a new concept in treating these topics; to increase the presence of these topics in the media by broadcasting produced programs on ANEM local and regional stations across Serbia; to improve the capacity of its local and regional stations for adequate coverage of these topics through various forms of education and thus to better fulfill their role in promoting tolerance and diversity. The overall objective of this project is to contribute to building social cohesion and overcome discrimination in our society.

    In this project, the partner plays a very important role in the realization of the set objectives. Specifically, the research team of the Belgrade Faculty of Political Sciences will first conduct the research with the aim to identify the main characteristics and shortcomings of the current media reporting on the cultural diversity of selected ethnic groups. The results of this research will be used as a basis for the recommendations - guidelines for more adequate reporting on these issues, for the purpose of better understanding and acceptance of cultural diversity of ethnic minorities in Serbia. The recommendations will serve to define a new approach to these topics, to be applied in the production of programs envisaged by this project. They will also be integrated, together with the research results, into the E-Guide for ANEM members to serve them in a future independent production of similar content. The leader of the research team is Snjezana Milivojevic, PhD, renowned researcher and media analyst.

    The project foresees production of 20 programs (10 radio and 10 TV), treating the cultural diversity of selected ethnic groups. These recommendations, based on which the concept of programs will be established, will be a base and a guide for the expert team of the production company engaged in producing 10 TV programs, as well as for the work of journalists from ANEM stations which would, under the mentorship and supervision of the said production company, produce 10 radio programs. Broadcasting of these programs on ANEM regional and local radio and TV stations across Serbia will be in a form of a media campaign, dedicated to promoting tolerance and respect for cultural diversity. Also, the programs will enrich the program offer of ANEM stations with positive stories about ethnic minorities. This type of production work and a different approach in dealing with these topics will be two-fold educational. On one hand, it will enable ANEM stations to gain new professional experience and skills and to produce quality content relating to ethnic cultural diversity, while on the other, the public will be able to "meet" the members of certain ethnic minority groups and their cultural identity in a way that will contribute to more proper understanding of cultural diversity, its quality and importance for the development of the society. With this, the project will contribute to a gradual bridging of differences.

    All information about current events and activities of the project "Crossing the Bridge of Diversity" will be available on ANEM website and in ANEM newsletter that is distributed regularly. You will also be able to see selected episodes of the radio and TV programs on our web portal "Bolja Srbija" (Better Serbia), dedicated to the promotion of positive values ​​in Serbian society.

    Association of Independent Electronic Media (ANEM)
  • 26.08.2011
    ”Development of Social Entrepreneurship in Serbia“ Project Launched

    European Movement in Serbia, with the support of the European Union, and in partnership with Irecoop Veneto and Coges, have started implementing the “Development of Social Entrepreneurship in Serbia” project.

    The project activities are aimed at enhancement of a local socio-economic development through promotion of innovation and alternative economy by capacity building of local stakeholders and employment/social services providers at local level on alternative economy potential in Serbia. The focus is on social entrepreneurship, increased employability of socially disadvantaged groups in the regions of Serbia; promotion of the social entrepreneurship concept in local communities and forming of a network of support for potential future social entrepreneurs.

    Activities on this project are focused on development of institutional capacities, precisely on training for all subjects at the local level of government (representatives of municipalities, National Employment Service (NES), Offices for Local Economic Development and, additionally, on strengthening capacities of NES. Other aspect of the project are raising awareness activities and informing of the public on the concept of social economy through three media study visits to social enterprises all over Serbia, where they will be directly introduced with the SE concept in Serbia.

    For more information please visit http://www.emins.org/emins_english/content/02_activities/projects/dse/index.html.

     


    European Movement in Serbia
  • 19.08.2011
    European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities – EASPD

    Center for Society Orientation – COD in July 2011 become member of the EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION OF SERVICE PROVIDERS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES – EASPD. EASPD represents close to 9,000 social service provider organisations across Europe and across disability. The main objective of EASPD, based on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006), is to promote the equalisation of opportunities for people with disabilities through effective and high quality service systems. We believe in interdependence and partnership of user organisations, providers and authorities at all levels to tackle the challenges ahead.

    For more information please send Email to charlotte.boetticher@easpd.eu or visit web presentation www.easpd.eu

    Centar za orijentaciju društva - COD
  • 15.08.2011
    Komitet pravnika za ljudska prava i Beogradski centar za ljudska prava započeli projekat "Borba protiv svih oblika diskriminacije u obrazovnom sistemu Srbije"
    Lawyers' Committee for Human Rights - YUCOM
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    RTS crew in Club for children and youth Kragujevac

    Being guests on 27th September 2011 in Club for children and youth in Kragujevac, crew from RTS had the opportunity to attend the workshop about trafficking. Attending the workshop, beside students of special school „Vukašin Marković“, were their friends from regular elementary school „Vuk Karadžić“. To Good pace of the workshop contributed to the application of various techniques. It started with exchange, whose goal was to make insight into how children understand the term “trafficking”. After that four clips of “Pinocchio” were shown to participants to help explain what is trafficking, what kinds of trafficking exist, and how you become a victim of it. Using newspaper clippings, crayons, markers and other, participants were making posters. Basic idea of the poster was to present “how they would explain the dangers of trafficking”.

    Report from the workshop was aired on Thursday 6th October 2011 on RTS2 as part of the show “Mesto za nas”. Show “Mesto za nas” reports on various topics from  areas of people with disabilities, among which are: employment of persons with disabilities, supported housing, the problems of blind and visually impaired persons, homes for the elderly and persons with disabilities, autism, accessibility, assistive technology, and many others.

    In addition to the premiere date of program was shown in the two slots.

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    Presentation of project “Clubs for children and youth” to students from Faculty of Special rehabilitation and education

    In spaces of Creative Educational Center For People With Developmental Disabilities in Belgrade on 9th November 2011 eighteen students from Faculty of Special rehabilitation and education was able to get acquainted with work of this organization. Participation was part of program activities regulated by protocol of collaboration between Faculty of Special rehabilitation and education and NGO KECMNRO.

    One of strategic goals of organization was development of inclusive programs. Within this goal “Club for children and youth” started to work. Attendees were informed that Club is part of wider project by Center for Quality Education. Project is being realized in two other towns in Serbia, Kragujevac and Ivanjica which is important since students from FASPER are from all parts of Serbia. In this way the EU supports civil society organizations to participate as actively in the process of integration of Serbia into the European Union.

    The focus of the presentation of the project was on two main aspects of life for children and youth with disabilities, which are free time and social integration. Speaking of free time, fact that was highlighted is that for majority of children and youth with disabilities that free time increases proportionally with age while it decreases for children and youth from general population. The problem is that this fact is not sufficiently recognized in our society.

    Speaking of social integration, it was pointed out that it is necessary to ensure the continuity of interaction with children and youth from general population. Continuity presents pre-term for building social connections outside their usual context and pre-term for building inclusive environment. Importance of volunteering was pointed out, and strong interest from the students for participation in the program resulted with arranging terms of their arrivals.

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    Guest appearance on “Korak napred”

    Celebrating 3rd December, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Mr. Zoran Dimitrijević, secretary and Maja Milosavljević, pedagogue at The Association for Persons with Disabilities of Municipality Ivanjica, were guests on Radio Ivanjica in show “Korak napred.” In 40 minute show, guests presented the project “Club for children and youth”, its mission, and achieved results.  In particular impressions of the show host and children from general population were reviewed. Comments from children with disablities about this unique project were recorded previous day and broadcasted in the show.

     The children from the regular population expressed pride in participating in this project, which they confirm by their regular arrivals in the club, and joy that they can contribute to better  growing up for the children with disabilities.

    They are especially thrilled by possibility to influence the choice of activities and using their talents, to raise the quality of time which they spend together. On several occasions they have brought their synthesizers and guitar. Professionals who work in the club, recognize that these children initiatives show potential of humanity and responsibility.

    Social activities at the Club are showing their first positive effects. Socializing in the Club for some children and youth with disabilities gives an opportunity to, with guests, achieve contact outside of clubs environment. Part of children and youth with problems of adaptability, especially accented at the start of the project, no longer withdraw into solitude.

    Parents have also shown interest for the Club. Parents of children and youth from regular population consider the Club as palce were humanity is born and nurtured. Parents of children with disabilities are pleased to know that their children are eagerly waiting the arrival of friends.

     Celebrating 3rd December, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Mr. Zoran Dimitrijević, secretary and Maja Milosavljević, pedagogue at The Association for Persons with Disabilities of Municipality Ivanjica, were guests on Radio Ivanjica in show “Korak napred.” In 40 minute show, guests presented the project “Club for children and youth”, its mission, and achieved results.  In particular impressions of the show host and children from general population were reviewed. Comments from children with disablities about this unique project were recorded previous day and broadcasted in the show. 

    The children from the regular population expressed pride in participating in this project, which they confirm by their regular arrivals in the club, and joy that they can contribute to better  growing up for the children with disabilities.

    They are especially thrilled by possibility to influence the choice of activities and using their talents, to raise the quality of time which they spend together. On several occasions they have brought their synthesizers and guitar. Professionals who work in the club, recognize that these children initiatives show potential of humanity and responsibility.

    Social activities at the Club are showing their first positive effects. Socializing in the Club for some children and youth with disabilities gives an opportunity to, with guests, achieve contact outside of clubs environment. Part of children and youth with problems of adaptability, especially accented at the start of the project, no longer withdraw into solitude.

    Parents have also shown interest for the Club. Parents of children and youth from regular population consider the Club as palce were humanity is born and nurtured. Parents of children with disabilities are pleased to know that their children are eagerly waiting the arrival of friends.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Education and Employment Fair in Kragujevac

    On February  9th and 10th 2012 in Kragujevac, Education and Employment Fair was held. Despite extremely bad weather and due fact that schools didn’t work due to weather conditions, Fair was highly visited. One reason lies in the attractiveness of the traffic location – as part Fair location is Fiat and Plaza shopping center which is in the opening phase. The fair was an opportunity for job recruitment of additional workers for the new shopping cmter/

    School for elementary and high education “Vukašin Marković”, parter of Society for support of mentally challenged persons Kragujevac in project “Clubs for children and youth”, appeared again this year on the Fair presenting their work for needs of increasing life quality and education for its students. On this year’s presentation accent was placed on “Club for children and youth” and its sensor room, as new projects which contribute to life quality and education of the students.  With live presentation leaders of the workshops promoted the Club to the passers-by, among which were many of the colleagues from other elementary and high schools. Activities of the club were presented through creative workshops, and to good promotion contributed photo panel which portrayed Clubs purpose.

    Olivera Sretenović the coordinator of Club for children and youth said: “We tried to have our booth as attractive, colorful, with many eatable items. Passers praised the booth describing it as beautiful, highly warm and lively, concrete… ”

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