News - January 2014

- 20 – 22 January 2014, Zagreb: A three-day workshop for regional contact points of the Ombudsman was organized within the framework of the partnership project Creating Society to Tackle Discrimination, funded by the European Commission. The workshop was dedicated to the strategic planning for prevention of discrimination. During the workshop, information and experiences were exchanged on the work of the office of the Ombudsman and regional contact points in 2013, including the Center for Peace - Vukovar, as well as presentation of plans of action and cooperation in 2014.


- 14 January 2014, Zagreb: Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minority of the Croatian government and the Center for Peace, Legal Advice and Psychosocial Assistance – Vukovar organized the event dedicated to the launch of the manual “Addressing the needs of Roma in the programming period of the Structural Funds 2014 - 2020” and the participation of stakeholders interested in the process of public consultations within the current planning and programming of the EU structural and investment funds, and the inclusion of Roma needs in the planning-programming documents of the Republic of Croatia for the financial period 2014-2020.
Introductory lectures and presentations were given by Branko Sočanac, M.Sc., Director of the Government Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities, Veljko Kajtazi, MP and the President of the Roma National Council, Aleksandra Pal, representative of the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds, Sandra Pernar, representative of the Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs, Aleksa Đokić, deputy director of the Government Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities and Ljubomir Mikić and Milena Babić from the Center for Peace, Legal Advice and Psychosocial Assistance – Vukovar.
The meeting was attended by about 40 representatives of relevant ministries, units of the local and regional self-governments, organizations and representatives of the Roma national minority and the media.

  
 

 

- 13 January 2014, Vukovar: Representatives of the Center for Peace – Vukovar, Ljubomir Mikić and Branislav Tekić participated in the conference organized to support systematic and quality introduction of civic education in schools in the Republic of Croatia. Monitoring and evaluation of the experimental implementation of the civic education curriculum was conducted within the framework of the project New Era of Human Rights and Democracy in Croatian Schools, implemented by the Croatian Youth Network, in partnership with the Center for Peace Studies and GONG. The research was conducted in cooperation with the Research-educational center for human rights and democratic citizenship of the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb and the National Center for External Evaluation of Education. The results of the experimental implementation of the civic education were presented by Vedrana Spajić-Vrkaš from the Research-educational center for human rights and democratic citizenship of the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb. According to the research results the knowledge of majority of tested pupils is extremely low, problems are apparent in misunderstanding the role of a citizen and the government in democratic processes as well as lack of knowledge of mechanisms for active and responsible participation in democratic decision-making processes. The conference gathered school teachers, pupils and school representatives, representatives of relevant institutions and CSOs, who discussed the prerequisites for systematic introduction of civic education in school year 2014/2015.  Also, the discussion included the need for further vocational training of school teachers, establishing cooperation between schools and CSOs and funds necessary for the implementation of civic education.