List of NGOs
SYMPA was founded in 2007 in cooperation with the Swedish organization SIPU International (now FCG Sweden) with an aim of creating a community of young professionals able to effect change in public administration in a future democratic Belarus. SYMPA’s mission is to create and support channels of communication for public administration professionals and keep them informed about principles and practices of modern good governance, to involve the target groups in educational and exchange programmes in order to build their capacity in public administration and instill the value of civil participation, and to conduct research in the field of public administration. We work to improve the quality of public procurement, to increase participation in decision making at the local level, and to increase transparency and accountability in public spending. Research in public administration in Belarus is one of SYMPA’s strategic directions. For this reason, BIPART - Belarusian Institute for Public Administration Reform and Transformation was established in 2011 as SYMPA’s research branch. BIPART’s mission is to promote the reform of the public administration system in Belarus in accordance with modern principles and practices. BIPART unites people interested in improving the quality of governance in Belarus. SYMPA is a member of NISPAcee and the OECD Global Network of Schools of Public Administration.
Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organizations, NENO (or Vabaühenduste Liit in Estonian) is the single and largest Estonian organization uniting public benefit nonprofit organizations. NENO is an advocacy organization focusing on a sustainable civic space and additionally to that we also focus on capacity building and civic awareness. NENO is a membership organization created for the implementation and protection of the common interest of Estonian public benefit nonprofits. NENO currently (Oktober 2018) unites 101 active and operational public benefit nonprofit organizations in Estonia from all fields, both associations and foundations. At the same time, our information network involves approx. 4000 organizations. NENO’s mission is to give voice to and advocate on behalf of Estonian public benefit organizations and its work is dedicated to the development and promotion of civic action and civil society in Estonia.
The Association of Cultural Heritage Education in Finland is a national non-governmental expert organization. The mission of the association is to serve as an expert, influencer, promoter, developer, and communicator of cultural heritage education and education of culturally sustainable development. The target is to strengthen the cultural competence of especially children and youth – information, skills, and experiences regarding diverse cultural heritage – and to support identity building, involvement in culture and society, and the fulfilment of cultural rights. The association provides educators and other professionals with information, material, expertise, ideas for activities, operating models, and new networks. The association co-operates with actors of education, culture, environment, and youth sectors. The partners of the association include the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Ministry of the Environment, the Finnish National Agency for Education, and the National Board of Antiquities as well as different organizations and associations, schools and educational establishments, museums, archives, World Heritage Sites, and many professionals and experts in different fields.
The Adult Non-formal Education Center Azote is the foundation of the NGO "Ritineitis". The center's "Azote" functions include not only educational functions, but also functions of promoting culture, motivation for job search, social mentoring and others. The main objectives of NGO Ritineitis and ANEC Azote: To broaden the opportunities for individuals to achieve the necessary education and professional qualifications, thus contributing to the development of lifelong learning (providing of computer, English, German, Russian,Job Motivation e.t.c. courses) To organize activities in the arrangement and preservation of the natural and cultural heritage ; To provide support for children, young people, pensioners and people with special needs in promoting their access to the environment, improving their knowledge, skills and abilities, raising their self-esteem; To increase the competitiveness of business both on a regional and international scale, to promote access to international outlet markets and to promote the development of qualitative human resources and attracting of these resources to companies, social mentoring; To develop entertainment, sports, recreation and introduction - interactive communication - spheres; To promote the active participation of Balvi residents in raising the overall standard of living by uniting the Balvi region community - its economic, political, cultural and sporting, scientific and social resources and forces for the development of the Balvi region and Latgale, as well as to promote public support and participation in the work of the Organization. To promote the economic security of the society and the development of democracy, knowing itself as an integral part of the European Union; To cooperate with similar organizations in Latvia, EU Member States and partner countries, as well as in other countries, which are not incompatible with the objectives of the organization; To cooperate with local government institutions, government institutions of Latvia, as well as Latvian representations abroad; To attract financial resources for the implementation of the organization's goals. There are four office workers- manager of ANEC Azote and three project managers , as well as about 40 teachers and lecturers who works periodically. Although the training center has not been established long ago, it has employees with a rich experience in implementing of international projects like Grundvig, Comenius, Nordplus and Erasmus +.
Copenhagen K, Denmark
DFKS - The national council of voluntary cultural asssociations was founded in May 2015 and includes the following nine national arts and culture associations: - Denmark 's Theatre Association - see www.dk-teaterforeninger.dk/ - Danish Children and Youth Film Clubs - see www.dabuf.dk/ - Danish Local History Association - see http://dansklokalhistoriskforening.dk/ - The Cultural Councils in Denmark - see www.kulturellesamraad.dk/ - The national society of Danish cultural centres - see www.kulturhusene.dk/ - The Association of Danish Film Clubs - see www.danskefilmklubber.dk/ - The Association of Danish Art Societies - see www.sdkunst.dk/ - The Danish Federation of Friends of Museums - see www.sammus.dk/ - The National Council of literary societies in Denmark - see www.litteraturselskaber.dk/ DFKS wishes to strengthen the visibility of the area, initiate development work, offer courses and further education, and provide documentation and statistics in the field. The local members of the national associations are associations where volunteers convey, organize, arrange, create frames, etc. for activities within the arts, culture and cultural heritage. The local members represents a myriad of arts and culture associations, where volunteers convey, arrange and create frames for activities within arts, culture and heritage; and at the same time, the actors in these activities are always professional and they consist of touring theatres, visual artists and musicians as well as culture researchers, historians, etc.
Copenhagen S, Denmark
Baltic Sea NGO Network, Denmark (formerly DANFØ) is a national network of Danish NGOs and institutions with the common goal to promote and improve conditions for developing civil society in the Baltic Sea Region. Baltic Sea NGO Network, Denmark is the national focal point in the regional network, Baltic Sea NGO Network. The regional network is governed by the Coordinating Committee (CC), and Baltic Sea NGO Network, Denmark, is a member of the committee. The regional network is planning implementation of an annual NGO Forum, which historically is linked to the establishment of Council of Baltic Sea States, CBSS. Baltic Sea NGO Forum is recognized by CBSS as a strategic partner, and the final document of the Forum is considered as civil society's contribution to the CBSS summits. Baltic Sea NGO Network, Denmark was established in 2001 under the name DANFØ following an international NGO conference in Copenhagen, the Copenhagen Initiative. The final document, The Copenhagen Declaration of the Copenhagen NGO initiative, is incorporated in the network's statutes. Since the EU enlargement, the network has focused its efforts on development of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSBSR, where it has tried to ensure NGOs in the region the best possible framework conditions for sustainable development of the civil society in the whole Baltic Sea Region.
Krakow, Poland, Poland
Multikultura is a union of different institutions dealing with arts and education and ICT technology. Multikultura specializes in exploitation of eLearning, multimedia education technology applying such methods like internet platforms, training films, educational television, and video games. Our programmers and graphic designers produce computer games based on a professional software UNITY. We create three-dimensional and two-dimensional computer games in the interactive contents, such as visualizations and animations. It allows us to create applications for web browsers, personal computers, video game consoles and mobile devices such as phones, tablets. We recommend to see our latest production in the project on the legends in different EU countries: http://fabulaloci.pl/. The documentary films produced have been awarded at different European film festivals and are now used by many schools in Europe as educational tools. MULTIKULTURA promotes equal opportunities of education & employment & combat marginalization of social groups, in accordance with the Erasmus+ the document Opening up Education of 25th September 2013. MULTIKULTURA pays attention to new technologies, able to guarantee equity in education, because open technologies allow All individuals to learn, Anywhere, Anytime, through Any device, with the support of Anyone. For example we produced the video games for children with learning difficulties: http://helpdeskinld.com/game/gameFinal/ AREAS OF SPECIFIC EXPERTISE: Since 1999 MULTIKULTURA is working as educational provider on different projects on Cooperative Learning in classes as well as in the international contexts, where partners explore methods that stimulate the co-operation through open, challenging and complex tasks, mainly exploring the method derived from cooperative learning developed by Elizabeth Cohen (Stanford University) and Dalton Plan. QUALITY SYSTEM USED: Annual evaluation, internal and external of projects as well as testing of functionality of produced e-Learning tools and educational networks in real environment. STAFF: Multikultura employs 25 staff members. The union consists of different institutions dealing with arts and education and ICT technology. Some of the staff members of MULTIKULTURA are also a teachers, such as Krystyna Chołoniewska (Creative writing at the Jagiellonian University), Krzysztof Ridan (Teacher of ICT technology – Film director), Wioletta Sośniak (Teacher of ICT technology), Marek Chołoniewski (Music professor at the Jagiellonian University), Michał Zabłocki (President of the Union of Polish Writers - Poet) - therefore the cooperation of Multikultura with adults group in art training activities is possible and easy to arrange. MULTIKULTURA is also in constant cooperation with always growing number of European cities, actively participating in the Euro network of CITIES IN INTERNET http://www.mwi.pl/. QUALITY SYSTEM USED: internal and external annual evaluation of projects as well as testing of functionality of produced e-Learning tools and educational networks in real environment. We disseminate our projects and methodologies through proactive engagement with the User Groups and stakeholders. Among its regular didactic activities, MULTIKULTURA delivers weekly on-line classes for collective poetry writing and translating: http://www.emultipoetry.eu/pl/main/ COURSES ORGANIZED TO DATE: Collective poetry writing, translating, language learning, intercultural education. MULTIKULTURA provides for the EU projects the network of local schools and in particular classes and teachers for exploration of project methodology over the project period.
Reykjavík , Iceland
Hringsjá was founded in 1987 by the Icelandic Center for people with disabilities (ÖBÍ), then as a Vocational Training center for adults with disabilities. Hringsjá´s function has evolved and grown since then. Hringsjá is now a school for adults who have themselves applied for studies, and also determined their need for an educational and vocational training in a supported and safe environment. The overall objective is empowerment through education and the enhancement of personal development. Students are both men and women, 18 years of age and older with diverse background and story in life. Their common goal at Hringsjá is to enter mainstream work, or enter a “regular” school after they finish their studies at Hringsjá. Statistics show that 70%-80% of those students that have graduated reached that goal, but all say that the quality of their life improved. Students have various backgrounds and have decided to reassess and strengthen their possibilities and position in society. Most students have health problems due to disease, accidents, trauma, psychiatric illness or lifestyle choices. Most have more than one diagnosis. Many have a history of difficulties during their previous school years. Hringsjá is a small school, with approximately 70 students attend the full training program at a time, the full program is 3 semesters. In addition approx. 400 students a year, attend shorter courses and consultation. Most of Hringsjá´s students receive their income from National Social Security, the majority only temporarily while studying at Hringsjá. The training program consists of courses in basic skills such as reading, writing and arithmetic as well as social studies and social skills, but main emphasis is on teaching and training in skills important for office and service work e.g. bookkeeping, Icelandic, English and the use of computers . Special focus is on a variety – and sometimes untraditional teaching methods and approaches. In addition; student´s also receive training in the area of various personal skills, with the guidance of a psychologist and social counsellor. Some students receive special education and/or further diagnosis of their situation, particularly ADD/ADHD or Dyslexia. Among special supports provided is Davis Dyslexia counselling, private coaching and an extensive network and teamwork with a variety of agencies and institutions. Educational and vocational counselling is provided as well as teaching and training in various job-seeking skills. A vocational counsellor gives a follow up guidance. Hringsjá aims at providing a safe, comfortable environment for education, vocational training and personal growth, for adults that have not had many victories in life. Hringsjá is a place where students redefine their skills, interest and self image. Students that graduate from Hringsjá usually speak of finally finishing something, having reached a goal; being winners and succeeding.
Since 1996, PERSPEKTIVY has provided living conditions for children with severe mental and physical impairments as close as possible to living conditions of children without disabilities, as well as undertakes normalization of surroundings where they live when become adults. We have the assistance program for supporting 75 children with the most severe physical and mental impairments in State Orphanage No. 4 for Disabled in Pavlovsk. Our experts together with volunteers work with our care recipients during the year. They teach children to walk, eat, and drink by themselves, as well as to get dressed and serve themselves. They bring meaning and interesting activities in our guys and girls' lives by organizing games, celebrations, trips, in line with providing additional care, attention, and development. We also support 195 families from Saint-Petersburg by helping them to live life to the full and create future for their children: the Day Care Center for children, the Day Occupation Center for teenagers and young people, and the Guest House in cooperation with experts and volunteers supporting families in crisis situations work under the program.
KSL Study Centre is a private, non-formal adult education institute. Our educational services are aimed for associations and NGO's. KSL's educational activities are courses, study circles, vocational further training and qualifications in arts and craft. KSL also provides consultation and coaching services. The study centre is working in the whole country together with civil society organisations. KSL is funded mainly by the Ministry of Education. Being a private adult education institute, KSL is owned by KSL Civic Association for Adult Learning, that has 17 member organisations, among them for instance LGBT rights association, sports- and theatre associations, trade unions and organisations of the Left party (youth, students, children). In addition to the 17 member organisations KSL has ca. 100 cooperation organisations, associations and NGOs.