List of NGOs
The main areas of program activity of the Kashubian Folk University (KFU) focus on civic education, cultural (regional and intercultural) education and ecology. These are the pillars of almost all KFU’s educational and cultural activities, resulting both from tradition and the real challenges of the modern world. The general goal of KFU is to prepare students to be creative, aware citizens who care about their own development and development of the community they co-create. Perhaps the most important task since the establishment of the KFU is civic education. The social competences obtained by students in the KFU are an important complement to other competences (eg professional). Their usefulness is particularly visible in these periods when societies face new challenges related to democratization of public life, building a local community, etc. Many initiatives with which KFU appears every year testify to efforts to best fulfil this traditional KFU duty to the local and regional community. The Kashubian Folk University, preparing individual initiatives, thus maintains close ties with poviats and communes, listening to the needs of the communities concerned and animating training in the field of broadly understood civic education. Over the years, the institution has carried out many projects focused on the issues of local self-government and building the structures of a democratic state. In the last decade, KUL also dealt with the issue of improving journalist staff for the local press. The second of the most important tasks of the Kashubian UL is regional and intercultural education. It is associated with the necessity of constantly pointing to the need to live in harmony with the tradition of the region, but also to instill respect for and creatively multiply the achievements of communities living in the area of our Little Homeland. The KFU for years organizes artistic plein-airs, courses for non-professional artists, concerts, performances, annual folk ritual workshops, mediates in the exchange of artistic groups of the region with others, etc. Workshops supporting the disappearing fields of folk art are particularly strongly supported. Thanks to this, still vivid in the region are: embroidery, wood carving, weaving, pottery, plaiting or kinking. As a result, the facility succeeded, among others reactivate traditional Kashubian painting on glass. In its educational activities related to regional and intercultural culture, KUL seeks to combine tradition with modernity. The third pillar of the KUL's educational activity is ecology. On the one hand, this is due to the tradition of folk universities, where the necessity of living in harmony with nature has always been stressed. On the other - the facility is located in the Polish region, where significant areas of nature have been saved from degradation. Therefore, the activities in this area are focused mainly on creating a universal program of knowledge about the environment, shaping friendly attitudes towards nature and propagating pro-ecological ideas.
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
The Efterskole Association is a NGO for the 250 efterskoles in Denmark. The Efterskole is a unique Danish residential school, where students from the ages of 14 to 18 can choose to spend one, two or three years to finish their primary education. For general information about the Danish school system, please see this publication by the Danish Minisry of Education Each efterskole is a self-governing independent institution and they all deal with both the educational and personal development of the students. They embrace a common educational focus on enlightenment for life, general education and democratic citizenship. The first efterskole were founded about 150 years ago. The schools were closely related to the Danish Folk High School and the educational ideas of N.F.S. Grundtvig (1789-1872) who wanted schools to provide enlightenment for life rather than formal vocational training. Read more about the history Compared to public schools the efterskole has substantial freedom in terms of eg. choice of subjects, teaching methods and educational approach. These vary in accordance with the school’s political, religious or pedagogical orientation. Freedom of the efterskole is assured by substantial state subsidies to both schools and students. One of the things that are unique about the efterskole is the teacher-student relationship. The teacher is responsible for both teaching and supervision outside of school hours. This means that teachers and students are together all day from the time the students wake up until they go to bed. This often engenders a close, personal and non-formal relationship between students and teachers. Most efterskoles offer the same subjects and final examinations as the public schools, but many focus on special subjects like physical education, music or theatre, or offer various kinds of special education. There are about 250 efterskoles spread across Denmark, mostly in rural areas or near provincial towns. At present approximately 28.500 students attend the schools, and about 20% of all Danish students attend an efterskole for either one, two or three years. Schools vary in size from 35 to 500 students but must have a minimum of approx. 120 students. The number of students has increased considerably within the last 25 years.
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.
Vedåslavägen 7 523 75 Dalum SWEDEN Tel: +46 321 32090 Mobile/Whatsup: +46 73 0396 309 Skype: janet.magato3, Sweden
Life Rejuvenation Africa (LRA) is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) officially registered to operate in Uganda with (ref: S.5914/10865) in 2014 and Luwero being its pioneer District. The vision of the organization is to observe flourished, saved and secure communities. The mission of the organization is to establish strong hardworking generations that will passionately take on the lead to the anticipated great future of our cultures, environment and communities. Life Rejuvenation Africa mainly targets the women, youth and children in the society. LRA’s broad objectives include: To sensitize people about the importance of the conservation of the environment. To introduce as well as teaching on the safe modern farming methods for high productivity to address the food security and family income issues. To extend clean safe water as well as water preservation to be used in dry season for both domestic and farming activities. To provide a Historical Organizational Development of various cultures and institutions. To identify, facilitate and supplementing the exceptional programs intended for promoting and improving the women, youth and children wellbeing and cultural heritage.
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.