PROVA Projects

Slovakia

VETcontra

VETcontra

Vocational schools, secondary schools and vocational training institutions are often confronted with learners coming from different social, cultural or racial backgrounds. Under these circumstances, it happens often that frictions arise that are born out of prejudice, low self esteem and latent xenophobia. When such problems emerge and difficulties escalate, and when young people do not see positive perspectives, a critical minority, but in rising numbers, is attracted by extremist ideologies, such as Neo-Nazi groups or the djihadist movement of the „Islamic State“.

The Radicalisation Awareness Network of the European Commission states that „the best prevention is to stop people from getting involved in violent extremist or terrorist activities in the first place, or to convince them to turn away from such ideas and methods…. The people best placed to tackle the phenomenon of radicalisation are the so called first-liners – people in direct contact with targeted individuals or vulnerable groups of population.“

Teachers and trainers – the called „first-liners“ above – need therefore new skills and competences to be better prepared to deal with intercultural tensions between diverse groups of learners and detect, at an early stage, indicators of radicalisation among their learners. We will raise their awareness and identify initiatives, best practice examples and tools that help them do their work better, to find out who is at risk and the best way of helping people who need support. What tools

and methods are available and most effective to provide this support? Who has undergone traumatic experience and shows a behaviour that is a consequence of post-traumatic stress disorder? How can a teacher detect such symptoms?

Our project will provide vocational teachers and trainers with information and best practice about effective tools and methods, in order to help them do their work better. They will be able to acquire skills and knowledge to apply interventions in a preventive stage, and to focus on self-esteem, empathy towards out-groups and managing negative emotions. In the long run, this approach will lead to a better learning climate, better learning results and will reduce racism and xenophobia in the classroom.

website:
https://www.vetcontra.eu/

mail / contact:
E-C-C Association for Interdisciplinary Education and Consulting
Education – Culture – Citizenship
Kreuttal 6
2112 Würnitz

Ministry of Education, Research, Sport

Ministry of Education, Research, Sport

The Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic is the central body of the state administration of the Slovak Republic for elementary, secondary and higher education, educational facilities, lifelong learning, science and for the state's support for sports and youth. The Ministry manages schools and school facilities at the territory of the Slovak Republic through generally binding rules, by providing vocational guidance to all founders, it administers the network of school and school facilities in the Slovak Republic. Though regional school authorities it provides for realization of the state administration. The competences of the Ministry are set out by law.

Ministry participated in the event Countering Violent Extremism and Youth Radicalisation:

Using the European Youth Card to Promote Peaceful Communities, Cyprus 2017.

Website:
https://www.minedu.sk/about-the-ministry/

E-mail / Contact / telephone:
+421 2 59 374 111
kami@minedu.sk

Slovak National Centre as a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI)

Slovak National Centre as a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI)

National human rights institutions-NHRIs are independent institutions established by law with a broad mandate to protect and promote human rights in a state where they are established. National human rights institutions are supposed to be a bridge which ensures implementation of international human rights commitments into national legislation. They can be, therefore, perceived as an extended hand of the United Nations at the national level. Their position allows them to cooperate with some UN bodies and also with the Council of Europe and the European Union. However, the most important role in coordinating their activities, development and strengthening towards Paris Principles is played by the Section of National Institutions and Regional Mechanisms of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The organisation “Human rights” in Slovakia has created a publication “Trust but verify”, which aims to fight extremism on internet via knowledgeability. On the social media, there is a dangerous trend of interconnection between alternative and far-right websites and organizations. This makes extreme content not only more sophisticated and difficult to identify but also affects much larger sections of the population. This is particularly dangerous to young people, who are still shaping their opinions and are searching for alternatives during the global economic crisis. This publication helps via informal education to create capacity for recognition of extremist content, manipulation of alternative media and the ability to verify information in the online area, thereby preventing radicalization and extremism of youth.

Website:
http://www.snslp.sk/?locale=en#page=2478

E-mail / Contact / telephone:
info@snslp.sk

PDCS – Partners for Democratic Change

PDCS – Partners for Democratic Change

PDCS is a non-governmental organization providing professional training and facilitation services, consultancy and advisory services in areas of conflict resolution, support of dialogue in the society, citizen participation and civil society development in Slovakia and abroad. Some of publications:

  • Tolerance education through games: Instructions for role playing, simulations and case studies for trainers
  • Conflict resolution in a development context: practical steps showing how to react to interethnic, cultural and civilizational conflicts in our multicultural divided world.
  • Value clashes through games: How can the individuals and groups coexist in a society, when we hold different values? How to deal with the minority views, with difference, with otherness?

Website:
https://www.pdcs.sk/en/about.html

E-mail / Contact / telephone:
+421 252 925 016
email: pdcs@pdcs.sk

The Research Institute of Child Psychology and Pathopsychology

The Research Institute of Child Psychology and Pathopsychology

Research Institute for Child Psychology and Pathopsychology (VÚDPaP) is the only workplace in the Slovak Republic that is focused on the complex research of psychological aspects of child and youth development and on the research of conditions that influence this development. The Research Institute of Child

Psychology and Pathopsychology together with the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic and in cooperation with the UNESCO Education and Training Section have developed and implemented a project to provide practical advice when and how to discuss with pupils and students about violent extremism and radicalization, to help teachers create a climate in the classroom that is inclusive and conducive to a respectful dialogue, open discussion and critical thinking. The project included a Guide for Teachers on Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education issued by UNESCO.

Website:
http://www.vudpap.sk/en/

E-mail / Contact / telephone:
vudpap@vudpap.sk
(+421 2) 4342 0973

Fundament

Fundament

The Fundament civic association’s objective is to represent the interests of social organisations, communities and private persons, to find alternative solutions of the economic and social problems as well as their application in concrete cases. In co-operation with the business and public sector it tries to create and strengthen the dynamically developing NGO sector in the region of Gemer-Malohont (Slovakia), which can react to the challenges faced in Slovakia or in the European Union.

It is implements the practice De-radicalisation by mapping of regions and strengthen the local institutions

Website:
http://fundament.sk , http://gomorilap.sk

E-mail / Contact / telephone:
mihaly.peter@hotmail.com
(+421) 948 91 30 32

Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic, Crime prevention department

Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic, Crime prevention department

  • protecting the constitutional system,
  • public order,
  • security of persons and property,
  • protection and administration of the state’s borders,
  • the safety and fluency of road traffic,
  • for issues related weapons and ammunition,
  • private security services,
  • the entry to the territory of the Slovak Republic and the stay of foreigners in its territory,
  • identity cards,
  • travel documents and driving licences,
  • refugees and migrants,
  • for the registration of population,
  • for the Police Force and the Fire Fighting and Rescuing Corps.

Furthermore it is the authority in charge of the internal administration including the territorial and administrative structuring of the Slovak Republic, for state symbols, the heraldic registry, citizenship, archives and registries, birth, marriage and death registries, the organisational assurance of elections to the National Council of the Slovak Republic, the organisational assurance of presidential elections, the organisational assurance of elections to self–government elections (local elections), the organisational assurance of referendums, war graves and small entrepreneurship.

Website:
https://www.minv.sk/?ministry-interior-slovak-republic

E-mail / Contact / telephone:
+ 421 9610 11111
prezid@minv.sk

IUVENTA – Slovak Youth Institute

IUVENTA – Slovak Youth Institute

  • is a state organization directly managed by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic,
  • offers educational, methodical and informational activities for various target groups,
  • performs tasks resulting from the state policy towards children and youth,
  • coordinates and implements activities to promote and develop research in the field of youth,
  • administrates grant programs of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the SR (ADAM) and the European Union (Youth in Action),
  • operates in the sphere of work with talented youth (school subjects‘ competitions called „Olympiads“),
  • is the seat of Eurodesk – European information network for youth and youth workers.

IUVENTA is organizing the training course Youth work against violent radicalisation. The role of democratic competences

Website:
https://www.iuventa.sk/en/IUVENTA/Our-Mission.alej

E-mail / Contact / telephone:
+421 2 592 96 108
iuventa@iuventa.sk
podatelna@iuventa.sk

Centre for European and North Atlantic Affairs

Centre for European and North Atlantic Affairs

Centre for European and North Atlantic Affairs, NGO, independent think tank based in Bratislava, Slovakia, focusing mainly on research and educational activities in the field of foreign and security policy. The project focused on extremism as a security threat in the region of Central Europe is research, training and educational project, organized in broad cooperation with local NGOs and academic community and financially supported by Open Society Foundations

Website:
www.cenaa.org

E-mail / Contact / telephone:
cizik@cenaa.org
(+421) 904 497 865