Forum for Freedom in Education, Croatia
Forum is well-recognized civil society organisation active since 1992. It works on harmonising the educational system in Croatia with the educational standards of modern democratic societies, guided by the principles of choice and equal access to education that enables the self-realisation of a person.
Forum’s innovative, high-quality programmes provide support to teachers and schools, children and youth, university lecturers and professionals working with children and youth in the educational and the social welfare systems. The programmes of teaching advancement, civic and health education, skills of non-violent conflict resolution and improvement of school management are designed for those stakeholders.
The goals of Forum’s programmes are achieved through professional training seminars and educational activities, studies and analyses, campaigns and creative competitions, as well as through direct work with teachers and schools. Publishing plays an important role in disseminating best practices by way of compendia and other publications available on the organisation’s web site. Particular attention is paid to the development of high-quality programmes for children and youth so that they can gain knowledge and skills for their participation in societal and democratic processes.
Contact person: Visnja Pavlovic
IVAN MEŠTROVIĆ PRIMARY SCHOOL, CROATIA
Ivan Meštrović Primary School in Zagreb, Croatia, has been operating since 1969. There are 728 students currently attending the school in 2019 and 2020 school year. Around fifty students with disabilities are being educated within the prescribed specific program, and sseven students with special needs and mental health problems are enrolled in a separate class. The school implements different projects and activities related to topics such as promotion of diversity, tolerance and active citizenship.
The work of Ivan Mestrović Primary School is focused on a systematic and creative way of teaching taking into account students’ different levels of knowledge, interests and abilities. Through integrated curricular programs, the school aims to develop social and emotional competences of all participants in the educational process. These programs offer an effective way of reducing challenging behaviour and emotional difficulties while simultaneously increasing social adjustment and encouraging students’ academic success. With planned activities, programs and projects, parent co-operation and local community support, the school strives for quality results to achieve student-oriented goals and their development.
INOVA +, PORTUGAL
INOVA+ is the Portuguese leading company in the promotion and management of international projects of Innovation, Education and Training and Research and Technological Development. The company’s mission is to provide the knowledge, management capacity, partnerships and technical and financial support needed to ensure successful innovation projects to its customers.
Counting with more than 20 years of experience, INOVA+ employs a team of more than 85 consultants based in offices all over Europe: Matosinhos (headquarters), Lisbon, Brussels, Heidelberg and Warsaw. INOVA+ is also linked to a wide network of partners, which include Universities, Research Centers, Municipalities, clusters, Brokerage Institutions and European Bodies.
INOVA+ has participated in over 100 European projects a large range of programs, including the 7th Framework Programme, Horizon 2020, AAL, CIP, LLP and Erasmus+. INOVA+ has coordinated over 30 projects. INOVA+ has also an administrative/financial department of dedicated persons that supports the project management and financial reporting.
Contact person: Ana Ribeiro
AGRUPAMENTO DE ESCOLAS JOSÉ ESTÊVÃO, PORTUGAL
“AGRUPAMENTO DE ESCOLAS JOSË ESTËVÂO” (AEJE) is a cluster of schools in Aveiro (Portugal) established in 2013, although the schools that are in its origins are older, like the Secondary School with more than 150 years old. This cluster of schools works with pupils from 3 years old up to the adult population (more than 2 600 students between 3 and 20 years old). Besides the secondary school, there are another six schools where the national curriculum is developed with special emphasis on Science, Arts, Sports and disability students.
AEJE has a special role concerning the teachers and staff training and lifelong learning, being the head of the consortium responsible for teachers and staff training of the cities Aveiro and Albergaria-a-Velha. For fourteen years, the cluster have been responsible for identifying, planning, organizing and executing all types of training for more than 1000 teachers and 300 staff.
Contact person: Fernando Delgado Santos
THE MACEDONIAN CIVIC EDUCATION CENTER, NORTH MACEDONIA
The Macedonian Civic Education Center (MCEC) was founded in 2004 with a mission to develop educational programs and provide services to educational and other public institutions, local communities, the non-governmental sector, the business sector and citizens, in order to contribute to the continuous development of the civil society. MCEC’s vision is to provide support to the achievement of democratic changes in society through continuous development of the civil society in which citizens actively participate in decision making processes. Since its establishment, MCEC has implemented variety of projects related to professional development of the educational staff in different areas such as developing and implementing standards for quality professional development; supporting schools for implementing in-schools professional development; supporting local and state educational authorities in development of strategies and procedures for supporting, monitoring and evaluation in school development.
Most of the MCEC projects are developed to encourage active participation and involvement of young people in community projects that build bridges between ethnic groups. MCEC programs approach is directly targeting public sector institutions to strengthen their intercultural competences, as well as conflict transformation and active participation through volunteering and connecting the beneficiaries of education institutions in a joint act of embracing the differences and promoting youth actions.
STATE MUNICIPAL SCHOOL “NIKOLA KAREV”, NORTH MACEDONIA
The State Municipal School “Nikola Karev” has profiles that last three or four years in six branches and fifteen profiles. The branches are: mechanical, electro-technical, textile, traffic, construction, wood-manufacturing, and in this school year 2018/2019 has enrolled 1060 students. The school has participated in a couple of intercultural projects for inter-ethnic integration and ERASMUS+ projects for exchanging knowledge, practices, and improving intercultural communication. The school has students from different ethnic backgrounds, gender, socio-economic status, and students are included in social, civic, and intercultural activities with their teachers whose aim is to foster knowledge, learn and understand the ownership of values and their fundamental rights.
Network of Education Policy Centers
Network of Education Policy Centers (NEPC) is an international non-governmental membership organization that gathers 24 institutional members from 19 countries. NEPC has been founded in 2006 and formally established in 2008. NEPC members are public and civil society organizations dealing with education at different levels from educational research and policy analysis to teacher training and school-based activities.
NEPC Secretariat, established in Zagreb in 2006, has implemented over a dozen multi-country projects addressing and exploring current issues in education, driven by the need for independent and information-based policy analyses, advocacy for equity, and effective, sustainable solutions in education policy processes in the last couple of years.
SIRIUS Policy Network on Migrant Education
SIRIUS – the European Policy Network on Migrant Education – was initiated by the European Commission in 2012. The Network was funded by the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme from 2012 to 2014 and through bridging funding by the Mercator Foundation in 2015. The 2015 transitional year led to the constitution of a new Executive Board and the design of a new structure independent of the European Commission as well as a new set of activities. Among others, the Network has set up a Policy Advisory Board to facilitate the exchange and consultation between relevant policymakers across the EU and reinforce the knowledge brokerage function of the Network.
SIRIUS is a membership-based organization composed currently of 40 members in 21 countries that promote the social inclusion of children and young people with migrant background by fostering their effective access to the universal right to education. SIRIUS encourages inclusive policymaking so that governments, authorities, schools, and communities take action to promote and implement policies and measures aimed at reinforcing equity and social justice in education, improving educational opportunities, promoting social inclusion and fighting against discrimination.