Finalized Projects

BUILDING AND STRENGHTENING FAMILY-SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP

The project “Building and strengthening family-school partnership” is realized by the Center for Ethics, Law and Applied Philosophy together with the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade. Implementation of the project is financially supported by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade.

The project runs until the end of 2015 and aims to raise the level of gender inclusiveness in primary education in Serbia. This includes the realization of the accredited seminar “All Our Identities” for class teachers and subject teachers in elementary school, as well as teachers of elective and facultative subjects and associates. The project also includes seminar of the same title for parents. The seminars are organized in cooperation with three Centers for the Professional Development of the Employees in Education (in Nis, Kikinda and Cacak) with whom a Protocol on Cooperation is signed. Besides these three cities, the seminars are also implemented in primary schools in Belgrade and organization of these seminars is carried out in direct cooperation with the management and professional services in the school.

The two-day seminar for employees in primary schools is based on the results of the research on families in Serbia that CELAP conducted during 2012/13. It is practically oriented and aims at strengthening the general pedagogical competencies of teachers necessary for the direct work with pupils on the implementation of a gender perspective in primary education. The seminar is accredited by the Institute for Advancement of Education of the Republic of Serbia for the current 2015/16 school year.

While presenting their own observations and attitudes toward the subject of the seminar, the school staff stressed the importance of informing parents about the topic as well, with the aim of modernizing educational process and strengthening cooperation of family and school in this topic area.  The outcome was creation of a seminar that is now realized with parents also. So far, our training was successfully attended by more than 180 employees in primary schools and about 50 parents.  They have sent us the news about the application of the content of our seminar in their work in schools, but also in everyday life.

Our intention is to offer recommendations to all the relevant actors in the educational system in Serbia, after the realization of all the planned seminars in order to improve their further work in this topic area. The recommendations will be based on the previous experience in realizing similar activities that CELAP has been successfully implementing since 2010. The publication with recommendations will be presented at the Round Table Discussion in Belgrade in early December 2015.

Center for Ethics, Law and Applied Philosophy is a host organization for the Roma Placement Program

 

Center for Ethics, Law and Applied Philosophy (CELAP) is the partner of the Center for Policy Studies (CPS) within Central European University (CEU) in the Roma Placement Program. The program is intended to help young Roma MA and PhD graduates to build their professional skills and promote their engagement in public affairs in different CSOs in Serbia and Macedonia. The Roma Placement Program is financially supported by the National Endowment for Democracy (USA).

In the process of identifying beneficiaries a call was announced separately for the hosting organizations and for the Roma graduates. The candidates were carefully reviewed and the applications of various organizations were considered in the matchmaking process. In this process, CELAP was selected as an organization that fulfills the needs for creating a good working environment for the selected Roma candidate. The memorandum of understanding between CELAP and the CEU was jointly formulated. As a host organization, CELAP is compensated for being the full employment host for the selected employee.

CELAP is currently hosting one young Roma professional, Sanela Bahtijarevic, as a part of the regular staff. Sanela is working as a junior researcher in the organization’s ongoing projects . The employment started at the beginning of May 2015. Sanela graduated international relations at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University in Belgrade and she had previous volunteering experience in organizations dealing with Roma rights.

During these several months Sanela has been mentored by the selected members of the hosting organization and provided with training and support during the employment.

As a participating partner organization of the Roma Placement Program, CELAP is committed to developing the culture for an equality and diversity conscious employment and working environment, with special respect to gender and ethnicity. Also, CELAP is dedicated to providing help and integrating into the mainstream social affairs and institutions the young Roma professional.

Building and Strengthening Family-School Partnership

The project activities would aim to raise the level of gender inclusiveness in elementary education in Serbia through implementation of the training program for teachers and also to enhance the cooperation between Regional Centres for Professional Development of School Staff and schools, as well as, between teachers and parents.

Specific objectives include:

  1. Increasing capacity of all target groups for implementing gender inclusive content: providing skills for teachers and parents through trainings, promoting gender inclusive content in curriculum and strengthening Centres capacity for the application of the principle of gender equality in the future work.
  2. Supporting and opening the space for cooperation between all target groups: increasing the participation of parents in the schooling process and cooperation of Regional Centres and schools.

The advocacy process which was part of our last year project “Gender Familiarization in Serbia” resulted in successfully obtaining accreditation for our training “All Our Identities” from the Institute for the Advancement of Education, for the school years 2014/15. and 2015/16. (http://katalog2015.zuov.rs/Program2015.aspx?katbroj=72&godina=2014/2015)

During the implementation of three pilot trainings for teachers in the past school year, the training participants themselves suggested that it would be beneficial to provide parental involvement in the trainings since the seminar gives space for participants to discuss various issues in the field of education and parenting, in the first place, opportunities for participation of parents in school work, and building a relationship of trust and constant open communication between students, teachers and parents. Also, teachers pointed out that the training has a good methodology because the characteristics of the local context in which the learning process takes place were included in its content. Therefore, we found Regional Centres for Professional Development of School Staff, as a institution of civil service, our main target group, because the purpose of their establishment is: to provide the opportunity for schools to adjust professional development with the needs in their region, as well as with the education development strategy at the national level and to reduce costs of professional development of school staff by organizing trainings in the workplace or in vicinity.

In the first phase, promotion of our training “All Our Identities” is directed to Regional Centres in Niš, Čačak and Kikinda. Those three cities were chosen in order to cover different regions in Serbia (Southern Serbia, West-Central Serbia and Autonomous Province of Vojvodina).

  1. The first phase of the project would be establishing the cooperation with Regional Centres – process of advocating for implementing training for gender equality in education. Cooperation will be established through meetings with Regional Centres’ management.
  2. Second stage would be organizing training in Regional Centres and it would include teachers, psychologists and pedagogues from schools and representatives from Parents’ Councils. Groups would consist of approximately 20 participants. The plan is to organize 6 separate trainings for 2 local schools in each Regional Center. During the implementation of the seminar a documentary film will be made and it will provide detailed insight into the needs and constraints regarding gender inclusive education among teachers and parents, together with specific recommendations on the necessary steps needed to implement this type of education among them.
  3. Organizing „School of Parenting” in selected Regional Centres (6 trainings). The 1-day training will include some of the topics which are connected with gender differences in parenting: upbringing styles, the impacts of the media on upbringing of children, the importance of peer groups in childhood, the role of school and professional orientation.

Content of this training will be tailored to also address possible issues that will arise from trainings realized in the second stage of our project. As establishing cooperation between schools and parents is one of the goals in this project, „Schools of Parenting“ will also include representatives from schools: school pedagogues, psychologists and members of schools Team for Students Protection from Violence, Abuse and Neglect. Also, the second day will be reserved for joint effort in mapping the areas that are potentially fruitful for enhancing this cooperation. Each training group will be consisted of 20 participants.

  1. The project will provide a document – an analysis of detailed insight into the needs and constraints regarding implementation of gender inclusive education among teachers on local level, together with specific recommendations on the necessary steps needed to implement this type of education through work of Regional Centres. Besides this, it will also contain recommendations for increasing the participation of parents in process of education, together with examples of good practices of cooperation between school and parents to raise gender inclusivity in education.
  2. The project will end with round table with press conference “Families and Schools on the Same Task”, which will be used for presentation of the main achievements of the project and providing comitment of all stakeholders to the theme. Together with the awareness campaign in close cooperation with media, the project will lead to larger acknowledgement of the idea of gender inclusive education as a precondition to gender equality, respecting women’s rights and overall human rights.

RRPP Project “Gender Perspectives in Family Socialization” Presented at the Third European Conference on Politics and Gender held in Barcelona

The researchers Sanja Milutinović Bojanić (Project Leader), Jelena Ćeriman and Verica Pavić Zentner of the RRPP funded research project Gender Perspectives in Family Socialization recently participated at the 3rd European Conference on Politics and Gender organised by the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Standing Group on Gender and Politics in Barcelona.

The 3rd European Conference on Politics and Gender took place at the University of Pompeu Fabra, allowing more than 400 participants to work together and present their projects. Karen Celis (Vrije Universitet Brussels) and Isabelle Engeli (University of Otawa), as co-convenors of the ECPR Standing Group, along with Tania Verge from the University of Pompeu Fabra, successfully articulated activities that provided rich and diverse programming events: “Building Networks on Gender, Technology and Environment”; presentations of “EU DG Programme Horizon 2020”; “Gender Equality Index for Europe”; etc.

 

Gender Familiarization in Serbia

The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade manages a grant scheme “Embassy Fund” as an integral part of Norway’s overall support program to Western Balkans. Among 24 applicants who obtained the funding in 2013, CELAP and its team (Sanja Milutinovic Bojanic, Gazela Pudar, Jelena Ceriman, Verica Pavic Zentner, together with Melita Randjelovic and Nadja Duhacek) was rewarded for its project “Gender Familiarization in Serbia”.

Our intention is in developing the training program with clear curricula, which aims at introducing gender inclusive content to the elementary school. The training program should enter the process of accreditation in Institute for the advancement of education and upbringing and enable 30 teachers who will pass the training on gender awareness contents.