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LITTLE GENIUS ACADEMY- TESLA GENIUS (2016)

The project LITTLE GENIUS ACADEMY- TESLA GENIUS is supported by the Novak Djokovic Foundation. Organization responsible for the project implementation is Energy Innovation Center TESLIANUM with partners: Association CIVIS, Children's Cultural Centre Belgrade and Swiss Peace and Crises Management Foundation. Project duration is from November 2015 to December 2016.

The overall goal of the project

Improving awareness of children population in Serbia about Nikola Tesla and the importance of science innovative method based on techniques of Nikola Tesla.

Specific objectives:

  • To stimulate creativity among children
  • Promoting children’s healthy living and personal values
  • Promote ethical principles among children
  • Motivating children to learn
  • Educating children about the life and work of Nikola Tesla
  • Inspiring for success on the model of Novak Djokovic

Project description
The project is based on the two final activities:
I) WORKSHOP-PLAYROOM "TESLA GENIUS"
Workshop / playroom Little Genius Academy - TESLA GENIUS aims to develop among children maximum ability and capacity, and to improve the way of thinking by adopting the correct techniques of memory, guessing, perceiving, breathing and eating, in a word: reasoning. The workshop lasts 60 minutes and is structured as follows:

  • The workshop starts with an introductory presentation indications kids what to expect during the workshop and how we expect their active participation
  • We continue 10-minute film in which we want to present value, character, work and mind of Nikola Tesla
  • Through the playroom of the nine levels - each of which lasts for five (5) minutes, the children are activated with a view to adopting techniques to improve their skills. The idea is that children are easily introduced into the matrix of proper thinking. Each level represents a game.
  • That the following games:
    • Mind (introduction to the question: What is the mind?)
    • Memory
    • Associations
    • Visualizations
    • Proper breathing
    • Cause / Consequence
    • Focusing
    • Proper nutrition
    • Perspectives

II) TESLIANUM ALMANAH
TESLIANUM Almanac presents educational material designed for target groups, regardless of age.  Almanac is a combination of short form and entertaining illustrations with clear educational content (the part which explains to children who was Nikola Tesla, why is he important for us, to whom Tesla was and already is an inspiration in creative works, how Tesla's inventions fits into their life today, to explain them which of things they use in everyday life are came out from Tesla's inventions). Almanac has 72 pages in a format that is suitable for children of primary school age. More about how to obtain a copy of the Almanac please visit: http://teslianum.com/html/projects-1.html.

WONET – Women’s Network for Future of Europe (2015)

The City Municipality of Savski venac, Belgrade, Serbia, in cooperation with national and international partners in the period September 2015 - July 2016, implements a project entitled WONET.

Partners on project are:

  • SERBIA - CIVIS, Belgrade; LICEULICE, Belgrade; Intergenerational Volunteer Center, Belgrade; LIGHT, Sabac;
  • CROATIA - CESI, Zagreb; TRIM, Hvar; Krapina-Zagorje County;
  • SLOVENIA – BiT Planota, Nova Gorica; LAG Society for Rural Development of the Land between Snežnik and Nanos, Ilirska Bistrica;
  • ITALY - Municipality of Sandorligo-Dolina.

The project has been approved under the European Commission's programme Europe for Citizens, strand 2.2 Networks of towns.

The project consists of five activities:

  1. Seminar - "Women and Education", 22 -25.10.2015, Belgrade, Serbia
  2. Seminar - "Women, Politics and the Media", 03-06.12.2015, Sandorligo, Italy
  3. Seminar - "Women, Employment and Social Policy", 25-28.02.2016, Postojna, Slovenia
  4. Seminar - "Women and Family Law", 14-17.04.2016, Jelsa-Hvar, Croatia
  5. Final conference - 12-14.06.2016, Belgrade, Serbia

General aim: Contribution to strengthening and capacity building of women for political articulation of social problems faced by women and building solidarity through networking of women at local and European levels.

Specific aims: Increasing the involvement of women in identification and articulation of the public policy problems faced by them in the countries involved, - Creating preconditions for political articulation of problems faced by women through the creation of sustainable and quality network of women.

Each seminar will be attended by 6 participants per country plus 12 from the host country, a total of 30 participants per seminar. Participants can be of all ages and can apply for one of the seminars. A team from each participating country is obliged to prepare a desk research on the topic of the seminar and presentation of data in 20 minutes on the 1st day of the seminar.

The product of each seminar will be 4 photo reportages, one of each participating country. Photo reportage will consist of 2-4 A4 pages of text and up to 10 photos. During the project 16 photo reportages will be prepared and they will be exhibited in a public space at the opening of the final conference. The exhibition will travel after Belgrade through participated countries. Product of the seminars will also be a brochure up to 50 pages which will be published in 1000 copies. The costs of transport, accommodation, food, materials, and lecturers are covered by the project.

CIVIS Association is engaged in this project for implementing activities of website development www.wonet.eu , update of the website, and managing on-line information. Additionally, for each of the seminars, CIVIS need to provide one-two participants and to coordinate their preparation for the seminar. Budget of the project is 77.500 €.

INFO template WONET (PDF 340 KB)

MEET HUMAN RIGHTS FOR BETTER FUTURE (2012, 2013)

The problem of insufficient awareness on Human Rights issues, both on the individual and general level, inspired us to start the project Meet Human Rights for Better Future in February 2012. CIVIS Association, which has the participatory status at the Conference of International NGOs within the Council of Europe, used the Educational Methodology of the Council of Europe’s Youth Program on Human Rights Education during the project.

The project's overall goal was raising awareness of young people about the importance of human rights and their significance in everyday life, so that they could find the right way of responding to the challenges they are faced with.

Around 200 of seventh and eighth grade elementary school pupils (age thirteen and fourteen) and their teachers from Vojvodina’s five cities (Novi Sad, Sremska Mitrovica, Zrenjanin, Ruma, Sombor and Irig) participated in 2012. Trainings took place in the facilities of our partner in the project, Elektrovojvodina d.o.o. company, the Teaching-Educational Centre Norcev on the Fruska Gora Mountain.

In 2013 the project was realized for about 175 pupils in five cities in the Sumadija and Pomoravlje Region (Kragujevac, Jagodina, Arandjelovac, Paracin and Raca Municipality). The Centre for Professional Development of Education Personnel Kragujevac and Regional Economic Development Agency for Sumadija and Pomoravlje wholeheartedly supported the project.

Representatives of Youth Offices from the mentioned cities and municipalities were invited, and they had an opportunity to see the methodology and practical and positive experiences which they could later use in their work.

Embassy of Switzerland in the Republic of Serbia and the Council of Europe recognized this project as important and valuable and supported it for two consecutive years.

LIVING WITH DIVERSITY AND BENEFIT FROM IT (2012, 2013)

After we first read the Report Living together: Combining Diversity and Freedom in 21st century Europe, we came to an idea that it would be beneficial and important to present it to the Serbian public and make it available for everyone. Western Balkan countries often see Europe in only one light, but today it has many faces. Although high standards are achieved in many areas, European societies face everyday discrimination, parallel societies in close vicinity, legal and illegal migrations, multiculturalism and intolerance, as well as many other phenomena.

In June 2011 the Council of Europe published a document called Living together - Combining Diversity and Freedom in 21st century Europe which is actually a Report of the Group of nine Eminent Persons of the Council of Europe.

CIVIS organized promotions of this Report in Belgrade and Novi Sad, where discussions were held with students on the subject of accepting the culture of human rights, as well as presenting examples of good practice. We believe that young people should have an opportunity to express their opinions and hear some other and different opinions, and, as important and indispensable participants in this process, contribute to the strategies which would reconcile differences and freedoms. This report was an excellent starting point for opening a dialogue and raising awareness among people in Europe and Serbia as well.

Council of Europe Office in Belgrade wholeheartedly cooperated with us on this project and gave us printing rights and the Embassy of Switzerland in the Republic of Serbia supported the project. 

The report is available here

SUMMER SCHOOL OF DEMOCRACY: IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE AN IDENTITY WITHOUT HATRED AND INTOLERANCE? (2009)

CIVIS Association, together with the Civic Committee for Human Rights from Zagreb, Croatia, organised a summer school of democracy themed Is It Possible to Have an Identity Without Hatred and Intolerance?, which took place from the 3rd to the 6th of October in Brac (island in Croatia). More than 35 young participants and 40 NGO representatives and academic members from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro, gathered in Brac, in order to better understand tendencies in society, such as racism, chauvinism, and learn how to predict them in the future.

The main idea of the summer school was to achieve an exchange of ideas between lecturers and participants, with regards to possible sources of malicious identity forms which always express hatred and intolerance in their different social, cultural and economic modalities. Once one understands the origin of a certain identity, it gets easier to become resilient to its negative effects, bullying and instrumentalisation, which often leads to numerous irrational confrontations.

Possible consequences of nurturing an identity based on intolerance, as well as the existence and proposals of a legal framework and mechanisms, that could be developed and used to confront the creation of such identities, were discussed. Also, possible governmental and non-governmental policies were a topic of discussion.

CONFERENCE – THE STATUS OF CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE COUNTRIES OF SOUTHEAST REGION (2007)

On the occasion of holding the first annual Assembly, CIVIS Association organized a regional conference The Status of Civil Society in the Countries of Southeast Region. This was an opportunity for discussion on the topic of civil society position in the region, which leads to certain conclusions and recommendations. The speakers were: Mr. Zoran Pusic, President of Civic Committee for Human Rights (Croatia) and President of CIVIS Association; and Mr. Miljenko Dereta, Executive Director of Civic Initiatives (Serbia) and member of Executive Board of CIVIS Association. Mr. Kiro Gligorov, founder and President of Kiro Gligorov Foundation (Macedonia) was a special guest.

The participants discussed the power of our NGOs, which is based on the possibilities to have more influence on international actors than on those within their own country, with regards to certain policies. Additionally, the participants discussed the power of civil society actors to influence the decision-makers, as well as a lack of ideas and vision related to this.

 

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