List of NGOs
kärde küla, Estonia
The Youth Club MTU JazzOn is an international youth organization that believes that youth work is based on equal treatment, tolerance and partnership approach. Our youth work is performed for and with young people, involving them in decision-doings of the conditions for the acquisition of knowledge and skills based on the needs and interests of young people. Our organization is well known in Estonia for organizing international summer workshops for the youth in rural areas. We combine non-formal education with cultural activities, such as social theater, folk music, dancing, storytelling and other performances, games, yoga activities (Acro yoga, Funk yoga), meditation and mindfulness. Our main goal is to in cooperate with other similar organizations all around EU, Scandinavian countries and neighboring countries, in order to together gain and share experiences for further development. Youth exchanges and training courses form a big part of our identity, since we know from first hand experience how important it is to broaden young people's horizon and encourage them to understand the very different world around them. In our activities, we often focus on bringing non-formal education to youth in rural areas, encourage entrepreneurship, ecological lifestyle and environmental protection among them and promote tolerance and understanding towards new and sometimes foreign ways and ideas. As an organization active in a rural area, we fight against social exclusion among local youth. To promote community integration through leisure and recreational activities, we engage local people in many low-cost activities that are fun, relaxing, and may provide opportunities to meet new people. Such activities include practicing yoga, organizing theater plays, a book group, different training courses, biking, playing sports or a musical instrument, painting, going on nature walks, etc. We have many successful projects all over Europe behind us that have given us the experience and knowledge that we now want to share with others. We are creative, brave, wanting to learn and willing to teach, and all the time searching innovative methods and tools.
Copenhagen Ø, Denmark
Danish-Russian Association covers a network of local Danish-Russian Associations. The association constitutes a strong, organizational platform for cultural, environmental exchange projects and seminars with the overall aim of supporting intercultural understanding. The association arranges seminars on international political, cultural and environmental questions concerning the Baltic Sea Region and international cooperation involving Russia. Potential partners are welcome to contact us with project ideas or for network activities. We operate independently and do not have affiliation with political parties nor do we represent any specific political interests.
Urban platform "Agriculture club" is an art-community in Petrozavodsk, Karelia, that merges art-cluster, civil activists and citizens together. Once designed to be an art-space, the place turned into a point of attraction of active and non-indifferent сitizens. The development directions are diverse, although one common thing is that it is driven by a grassroot initiative. Many projects emerged as a suggestion of citizens with active social position who came to the art-space with an idea and developed it into a project with the help of volunteers. Mission of the club: to preserve an ability to think, comprehend and analyze in people, to give them the space for self-development and sane criticism, to maintain the connection to art, to teach empathy and compassion. All members of the club's team are volunteers. NGO Agriculture club exists with a help of citizens' endowments and grants. Organization is independent, it is not connected to any of political or religious organizations. NGO believes in freedom of speech and puts it among top of its values. Independence allows to realize projects that are connected to freedom of speech and human rights' protection in Russia. Most of the events and projects are interactive and allow for the guest to be heard. A voice of an individual is very important for the team of the club. Daily activities, concerts, seminars, lectures and even parties are not segregated on the basis of age. People of all generations feel comfortable is a cosy and friendly environment. Agriculture club is always open to new ideas and it fosters urban projects.
Centre for Visual and Performing Arts “ART Corporation” is a unique organization which is devoted to the realization of the major cinematographic, theatrical, exhibition and educational projects. We cooperate with cultural organizations all around the world. This cooperation makes it possible not only to show innovative performances and films in Minsk but also hold Q&A sessions with their creators and organize master classes of the best filmmakers and theatre professionals. The main objectives of the Institution: development and strengthening international relations and linkages in the fields of culture and arts; initiation and coordination of international and local programs, projects and activities in the fields of culture and arts; organization and creation international theatrical and cinema festivals by forming high cultural status of theatre and cinematography in Belarus and involving young talents into the industry.
The Centre is a non governmental, non partisan,non profit and neutral organisation centre based in Reykjavik,Iceland.It is a humanitarian organisation that works to assist the most deprived, most needy,the most deprived and the voiceless both home and abroad. It is legally registered in accordance with Icelandic law.We raise awareness and bring to focus the fact that various societal influences are often the biggest obstacles and barriers that prevent us from seeing the reality. We make it known that we have to free ourselves of these obstacles to avoid racism,discrimination,hatred,misunderstanding and prejudices. We oppose segregation and welcome integration and inclusion in the real sense of the word.We also keep track on government policies on immigration and refugees to be able to lobby,propose and implement necessary changes
NGO "Lifestory" works on the border between social researchers, scholars and the community, uniting professional researchers in oral history and volunteers. The association unites over 60 active members, who participate in fieldwork, workshops and training seminars. The cooperation between researchers and members of society has already resulted in the creation of the Latvian Oral History Archive. This collection consists of more than 4 500 life stories/biographic interviews – many of these life stories have been documented in the Latvian communities abroad, as well as in the ethnic communities in Latvia. We provide resources to all fields of academic research - sociology, social and cultural anthropology, linguistics, cultural and social history, ethnology, folklore, psychology, and it is also open for the wider community. The important task of the Association is to promote the skills and competence of its members in the form of adult education – learning and teaching interview work and biographical research methodology. The oral history collection gives a voice and a sense of empowerment to individuals, ethnic groups, and minorities, and helps them define their place in society and history.
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.
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.
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.
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.