PROVA Projects

Slovenia

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

Allo-Tolerance

Allo-Tolerance

Nine educational organisations across Europe have joined their experience against hate to develop tolerance and prevent violent radicalisations. We want to share ideas, strategies and tools for teachers, trainers and educators.

website:
www.allo-tolerance.eu

mail / contact:
https://www.allo-tolerance.eu/en/contact

Project Network Youth Street Project

Project Network Youth Street Project

The project is street-based, where seven youth organizations in cooperation with the municipality, are reaching out to young people in order to change their behaviour and thus solve the problem. Through a positive approach and the creation of a friendly and encouraging environment, youth street workers are raising young people’s awareness about responsible use of public spaces, so that they start to appreciate the freedom to gather and hang there. Their point is not to moralise or tell them what to do. Instead, youth street workers establish opportunities for young people to self-reflect and realise what is right and what is wrong, not just for them, but for the whole community. In such a way they can become more aware of their actions and the consequences which follow. The main tool for doing this is conversation, so that they come to the point that leaving trash behind is not right and if everyone pays attention to it, it is very simple. They try to be creative in the approach that they use, modifying and changing it depending on the situation. As success factors were identified the cross-sectorial cooperation, the peer to peer approach and the outreach youth work. The main difficulty which this project had to face was the distrust from locals on the effectiveness of this project. However the successful implementation of the project resulted in the persuasion of the authorities on the value of youth work and the positive perception of local youth by the community.

Website:
http://www.mreza-mama.si/

E-mail / Contact / telephone:
info@mreza-mama.si

Group of Friends of Preventing Violent Extremism

Group of Friends of Preventing Violent Extremism

The objective of the Group (Jordan, Norway, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, European Union, Finland, France, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Kenya, Lebanon, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, The United Arab Emirates, The United Kingdom, The United States) is to:

  • Raise awareness of the need to address the underlying conditions conducive to the spread of violent extremism and terrorism.
  • Promote institutionalization of Preventing Violent Extremism across the UN system, including through coordination and cooperation between UN security, development, educational, and other relevant entities in the field and at headquarters (“One UN”).
  • Provide political support to efforts by the Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) and other Counter-Terrorism entities of the UN to prevent violent extremism as part of a balanced implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.
  • Share lessons learned and best practices around various topics pertaining to Preventing Violent Extremism such as the importance of good governance, human rights, gender equality, women’s and youth engagement, education, development, and rehabilitation and reintegration strategies.
  • Support local, community-level initiatives aimed at strengthening resilience against violent extremism.
  • Share best practices related to the development of national strategies, expertise, and tools to effectively prevent violent extremism.
  • Provide a forum for discussion and coordination between UN entities, governments, civil society, and other stakeholders to ensure streamlined and non-duplicative efforts against violent extremism.
  • Highlight the importance of the full and effective participation of women and youth in efforts to prevent violent extremism.

Website:
https://www.norway.no/en/missions/un/news/news-from-norwayun/PVE/

E-mail / Contact / telephone:
delun@mfa.no

Project "Say hello to tolerance"

Project "Say hello to tolerance"

The project is connected with the 20th anniversary of the European Voluntary Service and Focuses on the promotion of tolerance and youth work. The dramatically Increasing hate speech is the subject of a project promoting tolerance and intercultural dialogue among young people, which AIMS to bring young people Erasmus + Youth in Action, as well as to encourage critical thinking in the field of social exclusion and discrimination. One of the key objectives of the project Is that young people gain real insight into the social conditions through fieldwork.

Website:
http://mreza-mama.si/si/evs-say-hello-to-tolerance

E-mail / Contact / telephone:
info@mreza-mama.si

Project "Sharing is caring"

Project "Sharing is caring"

The main objective of the project is to connect the local community with refugees and migrants by establishing the concept of "givebox" as a place of exchange and information services contribute to overcoming prejudices that and integration of migrants in all spheres of society. In the "givebox" offers and needs can be given including opportunity for tour walk to know how the local environmental infrastructure looks like and where to find key institutions, exchange of life stories and experiences, socializing and other things, which can be Exchanged between local people and migrants.

Website:
http://mlad.si/2016/12/sharing-is-caring-v-marseillu/

E-mail / Contact / telephone:
info@mlad.si

Amnesty International Slovenia

Amnesty International Slovenia

One of the key organizations on the field of prevention is Amnesty International Slovenia (AIS) and its human rights educational program, which is Carried out under the name School of Human Rights. Its purpose is to create a culture where human rights are understood, heard and respected. In schools and various organizations, they carried out in free learning activities, such as training for teachers and professional workers about human rights, workshops for students and supplying teachers with teaching materials and suggestions for classroom activities. Also, it provides free e-educational materials such as books, posters, audio-visual material and manual books for workshops. Both AIS strives to society and the country respect of the rights of refugees and Provide them with the Necessary protection. Also, they are aware That the refugees - especially for young people - are a new phenomenon That raises a lot of questions. That is why they had prepared many new learning materials in this field.

Website:
http://sola.amnesty.si/

E-mail / Contact / telephone:
amnesty@amnesty.si
sola@amnesty.si

Integra Institute

Integra Institute

As a non-profit organisation we provide seminars, courses and workshops for education and training in relation to the work place and to society. We are also offering consulting and research in these fields in order to prepare the countries of the West Balkan who will soon become eligible for participating in European programmes. It is partner in the project Youth Counselling Against Radicalization (YCARE). YCARe is a unique international project aimed at supporting youth counsellors in preventing and combatting radicalization. Eight countries participate in the project, Austria, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain and The Netherlands. They collect guidelines and best practices. In recent years several national and international projects have been set up to exchange and disseminate knowledge and best practices. YCARe’s added value stems from the feedback that is collected among the youth counsellors who use the tools. A teaching environment is created in which best practices and guidelines can be improved. The idea is that young workers may eventually be better equipped if countries learn from one another. The project Youth Counselling Against Radicalization (YCARe) is now carried out with funding from the Erasmus+ programme.

Website:
http://www.eu-integra.eu/Default.aspx?lang=EN

E-mail / Contact / telephone:
+386 59 013 264
office@eu-integra.eu

Celjski Mladinski Center - Celje Youth Center

Celjski Mladinski Center - Celje Youth Center

Celjski Mladinski Center - Celje Youth Center is a non-profit organization, established by the Municipality of Celje, Slovenia. Our vision is to be an organization that will successfully respond to the needs of young people in the future and shape the place for socialising, entertainment, creating and acquiring new skills. Our mission is to create an environment where young people in a creative and fun way gain skills for participation in society and independent living.

Celje Youth Center is implementing the project “Stop Youth Radicalization” (StopR) which will support youth organisations in 5 countries (Hungary, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Poland and Czech Republic) and across Europe in recovering and fostering the intercultural dialogue across diverse youth communities. The project aims to enhance the abilities of youth workers to stop and prevent radicalization among young people in the EU in a timely and effective fashion. StopR will develop a quality mark, which will help recognize the best methodologies in this area of youth work. As the problem of radicalization has spread through the European Union, many methodologies have been created and employed to prevent and stop these efforts among youth. It is important for them to find recognition and an audience resulting in increased efficiency (as youth workers start using the established good practices instead of developing their own) and transparency. The quality mark will be awarded to the methodologies, which answer a set of criteria, to be developed by the project partners.

Website:
http://www.mc-celje.si/

E-mail / Contact / telephone:
+ 386 40 756 009
info@mc-celje.si

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Slovenia condemns in the strictest terms terrorism in any form. There is not and cannot be any justification for terrorism. The interdependence of members of the international community and the indivisibility of international security have never been so pronounced as at the present time of openness and globalisation. Openness and transparency can potentially have negative effects, i.e. they may facilitate terrorism and international organised crime. This means that the widespread involvement of democratic states in counter-terrorism activities is required.

Respect for values, such as democracy, human rights and the rule of law, constitutes the most effective long-term measure against terrorism. Enhanced security should not affect the generally accepted standards for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Slovenia feels solidarity with all countries that have been victims of terrorist attacks, and regrets that the international community still has not formulated a unified position on terrorism. Slovenia therefore welcomes all initiatives and efforts to overcome this deadlock.

In the fight against terrorism, action should be taken on two levels: within international organisations at the global and regional levels, and through appropriate legislation and its effective implementation at the national level. The fight against terrorism includes close coordination of international and national measures (political, financial, legislative, police, military, administrative, etc.).

Slovenia furthermore believes that the prevention of radicalism, extremism and terrorist recruitment is one of the most important areas of the preventive fight against terrorism; however, in this process, regional specificities should be taken into account.

Slovenia is an active supporter of counter-terrorism initiatives and measures in international forums. Its support for and implementation of measures adopted by the UN, the EU, NATO, the OSCE, and the CoE place Slovenia firmly and unambiguously in the antiterrorist camp. The most important documents in this field include UN Security Council Resolution No. 1373 (2001), the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and the European Union Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

Slovenia is a State Party to universal conventions and protocols of the United Nations against terrorism; on 14 September 2005, it was one of the first countries to sign the last, thirteenth International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism. Its ratification was planned for 2008, as the relevant articles of the Criminal Code have to be amended.

On 12 October 2001, the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia adopted the Declaration on the Common Fight against Terrorism whereby Slovenia has joined the international community’s endeavours to unite in the fight against terrorism, and called for the implementation of concrete counter-terrorism measures. The relevant decisions adopted by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia require that individual ministries engage in specific activities for the fight against terrorism.

Slovenia is a signatory of many bilateral and multilateral agreements and/or conventions on the fight against terrorism. To fulfil obligations arising from these legally binding agreements, Slovenia has been implementing legislative and practical measures. As a member of the UN and other international organisations, Slovenia is obliged, in accordance with responsibilities deriving from its membership, to adopt or lift restrictive measures against countries, territorial entities, movements, international organisations and persons, in the context of the implementation of UN or other sanctions binding on the Republic of Slovenia, or if countermeasures are required in accordance with international law.

Website:
http://www.mzz.gov.si/en/foreign_policy_and_international_law/international_security/fight_against_terrorism/

E-mail / Contact / telephone:
+386 1 478 2000
gp.mzz@gov.si

Institute for the Development of Inclusive Society (IRVD)

Institute for the Development of Inclusive Society (IRVD)

IRVD acquires and develops knowledge on the importance and the value of an inclusive society – a society for all. By providing education, training, awareness-raising, and advocacy and by informing and advising, this knowledge is then spread into the inclusive public space, consequently being transmitted to individuals and legal persons alike. In this way, the latter are encouraged to overcome the causes of exclusion. In turn, this helps them to independently and equally engage in social processes and the management of public affairs, to access public services and public funding, thus, to actively influence the process of improving their social status and the exercise of the essence of communal life. In fulfilling its purpose, IRVD works with all interested natural and legal persons, as well as civil society institutions at the local, state and international level.

Website:
http://www.irvd.si/en/

E-mail / Contact / telephone:
070 828 886

Slovenian Criminal Police

Slovenian Criminal Police

The Criminal Police are a specialised division for fighting crime. They are headed by the Criminal Police Directorate which with the support of its sections manages, coordinates, monitors, analyses and evaluates situations in the area of criminal offences. In cooperation with judicial and other State bodies and foreign competent authorities, it ensures effective and lawful implementation of tasks in the fight against various areas of crime.

The criminal police cooperate with uniformed police officers in uncovering criminal offences and perpetrators. These can, due to their ongoing presence, immediately take action and solve less serious criminal offences. Severe forms of crime, which require special investigative knowledge and technical equipment, are handled by criminal investigators. Criminal investigators do not wear uniforms and in special situations wear anoraks with the inscription "POLICE".

Due to their specialised work and knowledge of local problems, local crime investigation groups also operate within individual police stations, especially in urban areas. To ensure control of crime in more risky districts, mobile crime units have also been organised at police directorates.

Crime is not hindered by national borders or ethnical differences. In the last decade, with the dissolution of the eastern bloc, crime pushed its way across the iron curtain to the West. This especially applies to organised crime, weapons and illicit drug trafficking and money laundering. Slovenia is also more frequently faced with such crimes, thus it comes as no surprise that the fight against organised associations involved in international criminal acts is a priority task of the criminal police.

The criminal police endeavour not only to keep up with criminal offenders, but also to remain a step ahead of them, therefore they constantly introduce contemporary investigative methods and techniques, suitably train and equip experts for the most serious forms of criminal offences, improve the quality provision of evidence on criminal offences, improve the use of special methods and techniques for investigating organised crime, reinforce preventive work, monitor the occurrence of juvenile crime in more depth, etc. The criminal police have established special groups of experts for combating corruption and computer crime; this will enable facilitated monitoring of criminal movements both at home and abroad and contribute to an improvement in the clear-up rate of criminal offences, which is currently already one of the best in Europe.

Website:
https://www.policija.si/eng/index.php/generalpolicedirectorate/93-criminal-police-directorate

E-mail / Contact / telephone:
+386 1 428 40 00
gp.policija@policija.si

Slovenian Ministry of Interior and Police organizes a national workshop held under the auspices of the EU-supported project “First Line”

Slovenian Ministry of Interior and Police organizes a national workshop held under the auspices of the EU-supported project “First Line”

The event is intended to discuss the prevailing challenges of radicalisation leading to violent extremism or terrorism and to transfer good practices from EU partners in implementing a multi-agency approach to tackling challenges of P-CVE at the national level and at the level of local communities.

Website:
http://www.mnz.gov.si/en/

E-mail / Contact / telephone:
T: +386 1 428 40 00
F: +386 1 428 47 33
gp.mnz@gov.si

Association for Nonviolent Communication

Association for Nonviolent Communication

Association for Nonviolent Communication (Društvo za nenasilno komunikacijo) is a non-governmental, non-profit and humanitarian organization dedicated to prevention and reduction of violence and its consequences. It was founded in 1996 when it was the first nongovernmental organization in Slovenia with programs for victims of violence as well as for perpetrators of violence. Its work is based on a belief that violence is a social and public health problem and it should never be considered a private home matter. It strives for an integrated solution to the problem of violence and therefore wants to prevent violence and mitigate its consequences with programs for all individuals who experience it. Furthermore, it organizes preventive and educational activities to raise awareness of the occurrences of violence to the professional community and general public. Association considers it very important to cooperate with other institutions and organizations, on state and European level, as violence is a problem that requires integrative and systematic approach. Its main objectives are:

  • To reduce society’s tolerance of violence.
  • To help those who commit violence to change their behaviour.
  • To help those who experience violence

The Association for Nonviolent Communication is mainly financed by the Slovenian Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs, local communities and FIHO (Foundation for financing the disability and humanitarian organisations in the Republic of Slovenia)

Website:
http://www.drustvo-dnk.si/

E-mail / Contact / telephone:
katja.zabukovec@guest.arnes.si
(+386) 1 43 44 822