Društvo Kulturno, informacijsko in svetovalno središče Legebitra (Association Cultural, information and consulting centre Legebitra)
DIKE – Empowerment of LGBT Persons and NGOs for the Eradication of Systemic and Structural Discrimination of LGBT people, Enhancement of Active Citizenship, Rule of Law, Democracy and Social Justice
The main objective of the project is to set up a sustainable system of empowerment of vulnerable and marginalised groups for effective eradication of systemic and structural discrimination of LGBT persons through legal means.
The project is expected to analyse relevant sections of legislation in order to identify systemic discrimination and establish a sustainable system of monitoring of legislation changes and violations of LGBT rights. We will research the extent and reasons of LGBT persons being under-informed on and unengaged in legal matters and tackle this problem with an informational campaign. We will build a sustainable certified network of specialised LGBT friendly lawyers and a sustainable system of peer-to-peer legal counselling for LGBT persons. One of the most important issues will be the empowerment of social partnership among relevant stakeholders, such as governmental and non-governmental organisations, institutions on local level, academics and LGBT human rights activists. We will learn from our Norwegian partners Landsforeningen for lesbisk og homofil frigjøring and implement their good practices in the Slovenian system.
Društvo za podporo Radiu MARŠ (Association for support to Radio Marš)
Strengthening of self-organized communities for direct democracy and codetermination
In Slovenia and even more so in the city of Maribor, public attitude conveys a conviction that public officials and traditional forms of democratic participation are flawed, corrupt and do not adequately represent the citizens. The massive protest in the winter of 2012 showed conclusively that there is a very large gap between the policy preferences of the citizens and the policies actually carried out by their representatives. After the protests toppled the mayor citizens began organizing and articulating their own unconventional forms of participatory democracy through neighbourhood assemblies, uprising council and other form of direct participation in governance.
The project looks to support and further empower the efforts of the citizens taking part in these new iniciatives. It will offer support to the informal group of people organizing the assmblies as well as general population of the city through presentations, information campaigns, informal education, legal support, promotion of formal forms of participatory democracy like participatory budgeting. It will raise the capabilities of active citizens to play a role in the governance of the city. It will also use the experience of the bilateral partner The Citizen Foundation of Iceland to build bridges between formal political structures and the forms of participatory democracy improving the prospects for all active citizens in Maribor.
Klub Zgornjesavinjskih študentov (Zgornja Savinja Student Club)
®EVOLUTION FOR YOU –young wind
Youth Employment in Slovenia in the population of rural areas becomes/remains a major problem, the existing state system does not allow its solution. With local networking, we will develop an alternative platform for youth employment and the creation of sustainable jobs in rural areas.
The project will focus on three target groups:1) 8- and 9-grade students of elementary and students of high school - a group is called similar as an local wind»e-najstnik«/e-teen. Aim:to guide them in high school and later university education for green jobs important for our area (preventive action).2) University students, young graduates and unemployed people to 30 yearsof age; a group called as an local wind »gornik«/'mountaineer'. Aim: to help young people with self-activating for the job retraining, for the creation of green jobs and for improving their competences (curative action).3) Non-governmental organizations, operating at the local level. Non-governmental organizations will be linked in a network. We will strengthen their power and train them for cross-sectoral cooperation.
Racio Social, Zavod za razvoj socialnih in zaposlitvenih programov (Racio Social, Institute for development of social and employment programmes)
Joining point »Transition«
Transition of youth with disabilities (hereinafter YWD) from school to labour market in Slovenia is not integrally and adequately organised. Support system should be introduced to monitor them while they are still at school and prepare them for entering labour market.
Project objective is to empower vulnerable groups by establishing a comprehensive system of assistance and support network in two Slovenian regions, where two joining points for transition of YWD will be established. They will offer informational, educational and counseling activities for the YWD, their parents, staff of institutions and services that come into contact with YWD and employers. In both regions a supportive network of institutions, agencies, employers and other NGOs will be created with the objective to ensure high-quality and well-managed process of transition of YWD. Solutions deriving from the project will be used in proposals for the responsible government institutions and bodies on national level with the aim to ensure a change in regulatory framework.
Pajn Zavod za sonaravno bivanje (Pajn Institute for sustainable living)
In the same boat - young guardians of heritage
Despite the international renown of Cerknica Lake the unique knowledge of former generations that learnt to adapt their lives to the cyclical rhythm of the disapearing lake will be lost unless actively preserved. Now, through the good auspices of the Museum Centre of Hordaland, Norway, a new educational programme will be starting at Heritage House, Dolenja Vas.
Young Guardians of Heritage will be run buy local specialists on the preservation of our intangible heritage. The programme will work to preserve traditions and develop sustainable products and skills. The programme will connect generations, vulnerable groups and the many visitors in creative handcraft activities which will help the environment and give local people a new meaning to their lives.
Društvo Srečališče, društvo za psihoterapijo in skupinsko delo (Association Srečališče, Society for Psychotherapy and Teamwork)
Organization of psychosocial care for people with cancer and long-term ill children and youth in Celje region
In the less developed regions of Slovenia there is a clear gap in services for long term ill that could prevent and treat mental health problems that may consequently occur. The aim is to form partnership among NGO's (offering support), local hospital (where support is needed) and faculties for psychotherapy (offering knowledge for efficient support) all to empower the ill and their families.
Besides organisation and setup of a new social service, major project outcomes are activation of target groups, raising awarenes of equality in different project outputs: mental first aid office, ongoing psychotherapy groups, family counselling and psychotherapy for the ill and their families. We expect cancer patients, long term ill children and youth and families to benefit substantially.Also health-care workers and psychotherapy students will acquire new skills.
Norwegian project partner will offer guidance in working with groups of parents of long term ill children and in family therapy. Main aim is to transfer specific psychotherapy knowledge and an example of good practice from Norway to Slovenia and then develop it so it fits to Slovenian people and culture.
Kulturno ekološko društvo Smetumet / Cultural ecological association Smetumet
Unsustainable consumption and waste are poorly addressed topics in Slovenia. Old childrens' toys have potentials of being upcycled. At the same time, disabled people are facing high unemployment rates and discrimination, together with poor public infrastructure. The project combines the idea of recycling waste toys with training and employment of disabled persons. It manufactures unique toys with messages – PERSONal friends – that communicate ecology as well as discrimination.
The project will improve the accessibility of the environment and design of public spaces as well as increase public awareness on subjects of recycling and people with disabilities. Old toys and will be upcycled into innovative learning tools- PERSONal friends-aimed for children up to 14 years. Workshops and exhibitions will further communicate on the subjects cowered in the project.
Individuals with disabilities will benefit through employment, through higher awareness and by fisical changes in their environment. The donor partner, Lillehamer University College, will carry out a case study analysis of the project, as well as advice on communicating the intersecting topics.
Mirovni inštitut (Peace Institute)
Responding to Hate Speech – Activation of an Independent Conjunctive Body
Hate speech is a frequentfeature of public discourse, oftenaccepted andunsanctioned. The project addresses thisproblem by establishing a sustainable independent body for public response tohate speech.The objectives are less hate speech in Slovenia, empowerment of vulnerable groups, encouragement of active citizenship, and inclusion of the term 'hate speech' in legislation. Specifically, theprojectwill setup an independent and sustainable system for regular public reaction to the problem of hate speech andenable cross-sectorial partnership, especially with state institutions. In effect, increased activation in terms of rejecting hate speech is expected and all the key actors in the field of prevention from and fight against hate speech are expected to benefit: CSOs, marginalised/vulnerable social groups, students, university lecturers, journalists, editors, online fora moderators, politicians, institutional representatives, and wider public. The project unites the work and expertise of 4 partners in the field of hate speech prevention, who represent the key stakeholders.
Kulturno-izobraževalno društvo PiNA (KID PiNA - The Association for Culture and Education)
Equality of the national communities of former Yugoslavia and their members in Slovenian Istria
Since the national communities of former Yugoslaviado not have an official minority group status which would provide them specific collective rights, they are forced to deal with factors that hinder their proactive participation in the public life, which would allow easier integration.
The goals of the project therefore are theempowerment of the target group; raising the awareness of the target and the general public on the issue of unrecognized minorities and their rights; the change in the institutional framework of the target group at the local level.
We will enforce the fundamental rights of the target group by establishing a contact point, publishing a minority journal, offering free legal consultancy, introducing minority rights advocacy which will be conducted by a cross-sectoral working group the work of whichwill result in the reform ofthelocal financing system of the cultural activities of the minoritarian NGOs. UiS, Department of Educational and Sports Sciences, Norway will contribute with its expertise on the Forum theatre method as a tool for empowerment of minority groups, which will be transferred to the minoritarian NGOs via workshops.
Zavod Metina lista
Meta girls / promotion of active citizenship of young women
There are not enough women involved in Slovenian politics. Plural democracy is possible only through active involvement of women, including younger ones. The objective of the project is to help improve situation with advocacy, public awareness raising and most of all through empowerement of younger women themselves.
A research will be done to find out why more women aren’t entering politics, what are the obstacles they face and what is stopping them. Younger women - equipped with the practical manual “Politics for beginners” - will be mobilised to participate in capacity building workshops. Targeted groups are women (beneficeries 18-40), NGOs, experts, political decision makers, political parties, media and general public.
The project is expected to initiate public discussion on the limited role and involvement of younger women in politics in Slovenia, encourage them for active role in participatory democracy and empower them for active citizenship.
Društvo Ključ - center za boj proti trgovini z ljudmi (Društvo Ključ - Centre for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings)
Yes! To the Life Without Trafficking in Human Beings!
Summary: Trafficking in human beings is widespread and Slovenia is no exception when it comes to the exploitation of people, being country of transit, country of final destination and to certain extent, also country of origin for young girls, sold in other European countries.
The main objective of the project is to raise awareness about the problematic of trafficking among young people in Slovenia through numerous workshops for children and adolescents, by offering them a youth novel, computer game/application, and it also attempts to include the problematic into school curriculum. The objective is also to raise awareness among lay and professional public through exhibition My dreams, presenting the problematic of young Roma children, who are often victims of labour or other forms of exploitation, e.g. forced Roma marriages, and television ad.
SKUP-Skupnost privatnih zavodov (SKUP – Community of Private Institutes)
EXIT (izhod) is social innovation program for activation of users and support for the exit from Social Protection Programs (SPP) enabling them to enter the social entrepreneurship and find employment easier. This women are socialy, financialy and otherwise deprivileged. Program is in line with strategic EU ans state approach on the development of the activities for the most volnurable groups enabling them return to the labour market and integration into society.
Target group are users in 22 programs of mothers home's and shelters. Majority of them stays in a SPP for longer time (app. 843 in 2011). Program is implemented in almost across all Slovenia. Aditional focus of the program is on special categories of included women ( (young unemployed women age from 15-29, disabled unemployed women etc.)
General objectives are effective exit of users from SPP and social innovation activities and innovative financial mechanisms as a result of cross-sectoral partnership impacting in social impact in social protection system. The project is expected to develop innovative EXIT procedures, tools and applications to enable exit of users from SPP, effective print of EXIT program on potential, motivation and users competences, enable users to enter the social entrepreneurship activities and find employment easier, social innovation activities and activation of users and stakeholders will contribute to quality of SPP and activities will contribute to cross-sectoral partnership and development of infrastructure for social innovation and financial support for users of social protection system.
Romsko društvo Romano Veseli (Roma Society Romano Veseli)
Eco-ethno Roma Fashion
The Roma community in southeast Slovenia faces extremely low rates of education and employment. Social exclusion, prejudices and stereotypes at all levels of social life are deep barriers against inclusion of Roma people into work, education and an active life. Written programmes and strategies of local and national government should be followed by concrete actions, and the present project offers an opportunity.
The objective is to empower and inspire the members of the Roma community in southeast Slovenia to encourage them entering the labour market. The project is also expected to achieve better conditions for employment of Roma in this region by establishing support networks of Roma and non-Roma organizations. Through the project, the methodology of empowerment of the vulnerable (Roma) groups will be developed on the basis of their needs and rights. An inclusive Roma eco-ethno workshop/studio will be established as a multicultural place with new job opportunities for Roma people as well as for other equal members of society.
The project will benefit Roma women, groups of Roma men, families, youths as well as the whole community of southeast Slovenia in diminishing the gap between Roma and non-Roma.
Društvo ekologi brez meja (Association Ecologists without borders)
The wolf is fed, the lamb alive
Slovenia is a good exampleof modern interdependence. Demand for food is increasing, recession intensifies, and agriculture suffers, while enormous amounts of food are still wasted at different stages of production and consumption. Effective communication and cooperation between all stakeholders is missing. We see only the tip of the iceberg.
Project will establish network and strengthen cooperation among stakeholders by creation of national platform for Zero Food Waste Slovenia.
Platform objectives are to strengthen non-governmental organization for food waste prevention activities, to strengthen communication and transfer of knowledge by creating a communication gadgets and tools for the prevention of food waste in the economy, public institutions and households and to improve connectivity, responsiveness and efficiency of stakeholders and the public for future preventive action in generation of food waste, and mobilizingt hepublic.
National platform is targeting primarily national and local non-governmental organizations, households, public institutions (kindergardens and schools) and their associations, and media.
To achieve the objectives a partnership of organizations from Slovenia and Norway (Ecologists without borders, eTRI cooperative and Ostfoldforskning) will cooperate in preparing a highly interactive web portal with toolkits, food waste situation assessment, pilot reviews, communication campaign, contributing to better connectivity, responsiveness and efficiency of food waste stakeholders.
- The wolf is fed, the lamb alive (.ppt)
Pravno-informacijski center nevladnih organizacij – PIC (Legal Information Centre for NGOs – PIC)
Project addresses the problem of poor and inadequate legal protection of the environment by NGOs, arising from the lack of lawyers qualified for environmental protection and spatial planning. Project will establish a network of qualified legal professionals connected with other natural science experts in order to achieve effective legal advocacy in thee fields NGO’s.
The objective of the project is effective legal protection in the mention fields, therefore stronger environmental NGOs and more effective public participation in decision making processes in these areas.
The project is expected to establish the environmental defenders network which will offer legal aid and advocacy activities in the area of environmental protection and spatial planning. Also there will be created and implemented educational system module for unemployed young lawyers for working in the net. By collecting cases of good practice there will be prepared recommendations for effective public participation.
The project will benefit NGOs and civil initiatives in the field of environmental protection and spatial planning and unemployed young lawyers.
PROJECT PROMOTER: Society for Conservation, Research and Sustainable Development of the Dinaric Ecosystems
PROJECT TITLE: For forest - for us. Activation of civil society and representation of public interest in new Slovenian forest legislation
The goal of the project is to increase the influence of the civil society in the process of amending the Slovenian forest legislation in order to ensure sustainable and close to nature forest management, in which all forest functions, which are in public interest (ecological, social and economic) will be balanced.
Slovenian forests are among the best conserved in Europe, but the future of Slovenian forest management is now at a crossroad. The new Slovenian forest legislation will be passed sometime in the next two years. There is a concern that without participation of informed general public and civil society organizations, privately owned forestry companies will be able to enforce their for-profit interests at the expense of the environment and the public interest. It is therefore important that the civil society closely monitors and actively participates in the process of amending the Slovenian forest legislation. The project will inform the general public and experts about current events on this field and promote the value of the various functions of Slovenian forests. It will analyze the attitudes of the Slovenian public toward forest and different forest management options. The results will be used to prepare a targeted educational campaign and will be presented to decision makers, so that they can verify the legitimacy of their decisions. NGOs in the field of nature conservation, environmental protection and sustainable development will be joined in the Coalition for the forest, which will actively monitor and participate in the process of new forest legislation preparation and adoption. The Coalition will prepare amendments to the new forest legislation through a wide and transparent civil dialogue that will be presented to decision makers.
PROJECT PROMOTER: Down Syndrome Slovenia - Society for the quality of life of people with Down syndrome
PROJECT TITLE: Networking for early intervention for children with Down syndrome
Despite an increasing body of evidence demonstrating the great importance of Early Intervention (EI) for cognitive and physical development of children with Down syndrome (DS), this is still not systematically done and is inaccessible to most children that would need it. The goal of the project is to building expert capacity for the early intervention and to directly provide children with DS with access to EI through practical application. At the same time, the project will increase the awareness of the entire support network for people with special needs about the importance of the early intervention. Beside children with the DS, the target groups of the project are parents of these children and experts, but also the general public. While providing direct benefits to the children with the DS included within its activities, the project will also create long-term conditions for application of the early intervention and therefore facilitate fulfilling of potential and easier integration in the society for this vulnerable group.
PROJECT PROMOTER: The Zeitgeist Slovenia, slovenian sustainable association
PROJECT TITLE: Computers for all
Re-use of discarded computer equipment for the benefit of socially disadvantaged and NGOs is the core of the project Computers for all. The aim is to enhance the activity with the equipment, tools and expertise of partners, associated in a cross-sectoral network. This will significantly contribute to the rise of digital literacy of target groups and reduce the proportion of wasted computer equipment. During the project they will: recycle at least 300 computers and donate them to the target group, set 25 wlan points, modernize working processes and prepare a five-year development action plan. Effects of enhanced promotion will be particularly visible in the three localities o fthe project - Sežana, Novo mesto and Ljubljana.
PROJECT PROMOTER: KUD Anarhiv
PROJECT TITLE: Škratmobil - Mobile socio-cultural platform for children and youth
The project focuses on the Slovenian region of Bela Krajina, where the key problem is high unemployment among young people and their abandonment of the region, which in turn affects all age groups of the population. The priority of the project is to empower diverse groups – mostly youth, but also their parents, unemployed young people, the Roma, the elderly and other marginalized groups of society - by investing in human capital through cultural, educational and social engagement in different activities, such as workshops for music, theater, film, photography, literature, professional counseling, psychotherapy counseling, ecology, language course, website design. The project will therefore transfer knowledge and skills to children and youth, help people in distress and equip them with skills for tackling every day-difficulties and struggles, foster youth involvement in their local environment with acquired skills, generate concrete and practical products through creative workshops and contribute to solidarity, social inclusion and social justice. The unique feature of the project is its special mobile infrastructure – a van, which will enable the programme to be delivered cyclically from place to place and establish as permanent platform in the region after the completion of the project.
PROJECT PROMOTER: Local Youth Council of Slovenske Konjice
PROJECT TITLE: Young ambassadors of intercultural dialogue
The main purpose of the project Young ambassadors of intercultural dialogue (YAID) is to set strong foundations for multicultural societies to become intercultural societies which means that amongst different cultural, ethnical and other groups who are living together, relationships of open interaction, exchange and versatile recognition, respect of values and lifestyles are (re)established.
The most important feature of the project is the selection of young ambassadors of intercultural dialogue. Through 3 adjusted educational modules “Hours of intercultural dialogue” on Roma, Islam and LGBT community and one new model on migrants at least 300 children aged between 12 and 15 years will be reached. Amongst them at least 20 youngsters are expected to volunteer for the function of a young ambassador, which means active representation of the values of intercultural dialogue. The project will also include a survey about intercultural dialogue and establish circumstances for quality non-formal education of youth workers through hands-on training and involvement of minority organisations.
PROJECT PROMOTER: Slovenian association for help with dementia – Spominčica, Alzheimer Slovenia
PROJECT TITLE: Educational Program And Home Aid Group For People With Dementia (Living With Dementia at Home)
Slovenia currently has no form of professional aid for dementia sufferers at home. The goal of the project is to organise a group of caregivers that will provide aid at home for 30 families with persons with dementia. The project activities will include: preparation of the education programme, implementation of 4 workshops, preparation and print of a text book about providing aid to patients with dementia at home, development of educational website, raising public awareness of dementia related problems and carry out a pilot project of educational workshops and organising a group for aid at home. Bilateral cooperation with the Norwegian partner Ageing and Health and partnership with local independent associations Spominčica (in Primorska region, Nova Gorica, Šentjur, Škofja Loka, Rogaška Slatina and Ormož) will be established within the project.
PROJECT PROMOTER: The Family Study and Research Centre
PROJECT TITLE: WINGS-building the support for youth in transition from foster care through researching their needs and support groups as well as representation the issues to general public
Project WINGS is aimed at young people aged 12 to 18 years, living in foster care. Through counseling conversations, formed support groups, forum and with well qualified staff, the project will empower young people and profoundly research the needs of young people in the path of independence through more than 100 information and counseling interviews. All of this will lead to the establishment of a program of support at the national level for these young people. Additionally the project will reach the general public through forum and will contribute to greater professionalism in the field of foster care in Slovenia.
PROJECT PROMOTER: Humanitarian Charity Society Up
PROJECT TITLE: Balkan Slippers - socialization, empowerment and self-sufficiency with textile craftswork
The project is designed for unemployed migrant women of different generations from Kosovo, Bosnia, Macedonia and Serbia (living in Jesenice, Slovenia). As studies shows, the immigrant woman is at least three times marginalized person – as a woman, as a mother and as an immigrant. The aim of the project is education, cultural and social integration, physical and financial empowerment – by using textile crafts as a powerful and appropriate method/tool. The result of the project is to create a collection of “Balkan slippers”, which will become through the collaboration with Icelandic designer inspired by Icelandic cultural heritage and transformed by Icelandic market demands. The resulting collection of modern products will be presented in solo exhibition in Reykjavik. The far-reaching aim of the project is - to offer “Balkan Slippers” on the Icelandic market and – to establish a vibrant cultural exchange between Slovenia and Iceland in the field of textile design.
PROJECT PROMOTER: Institute for Safe Play
PROJECT TITLE:: Innovative play-way
Institute for Safe Play aims to make a project as a step forward in the activities of the institution ( institution has been operating successfully since 2012), which operates in the field of children's rights protection and teaches about the importance of safe - and at the same time - creative toys, play kits and play areas. Slovenia still lags far behind because there is no effective and comprehensive control and adaptation of legislation and regulation, as advocated by the Institute for Safe Play, is required.
The purpose of this project is to run a few essential activities which will contribute to safe play and encourage cooperation at many levels: with sectoral as well as with regional and national authorities. Within the project, the first Innovative Play-Way - playing surface with specially designed play tools on the way to school, which will be useful, interesting and safe - will be built and special work-shops to educate public (children and adults) about the importance of children's play which is at the same time safe, will be provided.
PROJECT PROMOTER: Eko-Humanitatis
PROJECT TITLE: Co-creating sustainable development of Dragonja region
The project is focusing on the challenge of promoting participatory democracy in Dragonja region, which has a rich natural biodiversity, landscape and cultural value and great potential for the development of green activities and products, which remains largely untapped. The key unresolved issue of the area is how to set up the necessary protection of nature and landscape and promote sustainable development of the area based on endogenous potentials and resources.
The aims of the project will be strengthening and networking of local NGOs,higher involvement of local people in development processes, establishing a cross-sectoral development cooperation;
Key results of the project, which will target NGOs, local residents and stakeholders and include networking and strengthening of NGOs, animation and education of the population, field research, establishment of cross-sectoral development group and organization of local eco-etno festival, will be: a) established network of NGOs, b) strengthened capacity of NGOs, c) higher level of active citizenship among the local population, and d) established cross-sector partnership.
PROJECT PROMOTER: Društvo Est=etika, društvo za vzpodbujanje etike v prostoru
PROJECT TITLE: ODPELJEM TE! – v zeleno Novo mesto
The project will address the issue of public transport in Novo mesto. It will encourage its use and indirectly address environmental issues, as well as support active citizenship. The project will include all key stakeholders – the municipality, the bus transport companies and public. The expected outcome is larger participation in public transport, which will be achieved by mailing initiatives and direct activities, namely urban interventions on various bus stops in cooperation with artists and citizens of Novo mesto.
PROJECT PROMOTER: Association Gekolina – association for sustainable development
PROJECT TITLE: Getting to school safely without a car
The main objectives of the project, which will establish 'safe paths' for 3 selected primary schools in Nova Gorica (OŠ Frana Erjavca, OŠ Solkan and OŠ Trnovo), are: better awareness and knowledge of students of the selected three primary schools and the general public in terms of sustainable mobility, greater use of bikes, walking and public buses by students for the school trips abnd creation of a network of NGOs for a better communication and cooperation in the field of sustainable development.
The project activities will include: lectures about safety on the roads and on impact of cars on the environment and health, implementation of 3 mobility plans for three different school districts, elaboration of reports for the local communities pointing out dangerous points along the school routes, a survey about using sustainable modes of transport, 'Ekoteam' game and establishment of movement “Promoters of sustainable mobility in Nova Gorica”.
PROJECT PROMOTER: Essentia Plus, Institute for Advanced IT solutions and development
PROJECT TITLE: Career Kicker – New Approaches to Informal Voluntary Apprenticeship for Young
The Career Kicker will establish a new and innovative programme of informal volunteering apprenticeship for young people, which will enable them to gain practical experience, professional competences, knowledge and skills and thereby help to improve the position of young people in the labor market.
Objectives of the project: Enable young people to accumulate valuable experiences and acquire relevant skills that would assist them in further career development; Perform 15 voluntary informal apprenticeships for 15 young people in 15 Slovenian Non-governmental and public organizations; Develop guidelines for the implementation of such apprenticeships, to upgrade and improve the system on examples of good practices and recommendations of the evaluation procedure.
PROJECT TITLE: FRUIT MOSAIC: stimulation of rural development in subalpine environment with the focus on Tunjice hills
Poor economic development is characteristic of Tunjice hills today and agriculture is being carried out mostly as supplementary activity . Because of the current economic crisis, people had started to work more intensely on farms again. Tunjice have rich fruit growing tradition and meadow orchards are kept in large degree. Tunjice have very good conditions for fruit growing and a very active Fruit-growing and gardening association, which tries to continue tradition of fruit growing in Tunjice.
The goal of the project is to motivate and educate existing and future farmers for activities, which were once highly developed in the area and can present a new opportunity for new economic development of the region. The project focuses on three key activities: Training and motivating of local farmers, Education of primary-school youth, and Closing event »Fruit day« with the exhibition of fruit and products from fruit is devoted to display results of the project to the widest general public.
PROJECT PROMOTER: NATURAL BEGINNINGS Society for education free choice and support in pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood
PROJECT TITLE: Hug me gently: Advocacy for the right to privacy of the mother and child (family) in the first hour after birth
In the project Hug me gently we focus on one of the very important needs the baby, mother and father have in this sensitive and vulnerable time: the need for uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact (SSC) of the mother and the baby along with the father's support in the first hour after birth. The project will reach parents, future parents, stakeholders, maternity hospitals, individual healthcare professionals, Slovenian ombudsman, patient rights advocats etc. Through ensuring SSC with the aim of exercising the right to private life in several maternity hospitals we will help to empower women and their partners and influence the improvement of practice in Slovenian maternity hospitals. They intend to spread information, educate, inform about and promote the right to privacy and SSC, monitor how the right to privacy is exercised in Slovenian maternity hospitals, point out violations and develop Initiative for SSC, which will be delivered to stakeholders and policy-makers.
PROJECT PROMOTER: Bosniak Youth Cultural Association
PROJECT TITLE: Lip and Act for the Dreams to Come True: language and theatre workshops for enhancement of language, communication and social skills of minorities' youth in Velenje
Project aims to enhance language, communication and social skills of 30 children and youth within the Bosniak minority in Velenje through language and theatre workshops, preparation of manual for greater social inclusion of minorities' youth through theater education and production of a (comedy) play. It will train youth for theater appearance, performance and interpretation, develop their skills of public speaking and rhetoric, improve and strengthen their language skills, encourage their interest in theater and the arts in general and develop a respectful attitude towards culture as a whole. AS a result, they will be able to promote their own work and cultural diversity, establish cooperation and intercultural dialogue with other young people from the local area, accept diversity of opinions and personalities within the theater group and gain confidence in making outward connections and supporting individuals in concerted actions within the theatre group.
PROJECT PROMOTER: Society for Cave Biology
PROJECT TITLE: With Proteus we share dependence on groundwater
The aim of the project is a long-term conservation of world’s famous cave amphibian Olm (Proteus anguinus) and its groundwater habitat. It will be implemented in Dolenjska and Bela krajina, where negative human impact on proteus and groundwater is increasing. The project will be a necessary step towards the long-term conservation of cave fauna and its habitat - clean groundwater, which is essential for the conservation of biodiversity in karst caves, and is also the only source of drinking water in karst areas.
The project will include constant awareness - raising of the population, especially schoolchildren, about the importance of conserving biodiversity of the cave fauna, the sources and consequences of pollution in the fragile karst environment, and the impact of contaminated groundwater for both the cave fauna and drinking water; testing and demonstration of innovative methods for the early establishment of monitoring the conservation status of Proteus in Slovenia; integration of the potential of local communities, NGOs and research, educational and economic organizations: advocacy and stronger monitoring of the implementation of legal provisions, improvement of existing conservation practices and the initiative for financial fund for the protection of Proteus in Slovenia.
PROJECT PROMOTER: Društvo Zelena centrala (Association Zelena centrala)
PROJECT TITLE: Big BARN (Study.Sustainability.Action.Handmade Activation)
“Big Barn” is an innovative integrative project on 6 hectares of property in Slovenske gorice, with its “barn” becoming a centre of activities of creative social integration, inter-generational collaboration and empowerment of the target group (all generations of unemployed, precariously employed, socially disadvantaged people in North-Eastern Slovenia). Main objectives of the project are: communitarian restoration of “the barn” into a permanent communitarian space of public good and supportive environment for new creative employments, innovative practices and active leisure time for all members of the community (children, youth, elderly, marginalized, creative and highly educated ...); empowerment of community, communitarian actions and social mechanisms; more employment opportunities for the target group and more quality jobs in rural areas; greater integration of vulnerable/disadvantaged individuals into the local community, and their networking with the highly qualified experts; sustainable development of rural areas (ecology, biodiversity, natural materials). Objectives will be achieved through professionally managed creative workshops inside and outside the “barn” – sustainable building with clay, interior design, restoration, orchard, herbs, local heritage and storytelling.