European Parents Association (EPA) has been the sole representative of parents as stakeholders, especially in education since 1985. Our main activities are aiming at the recognition of parents as primary (first and most impacting) educators of their children, the recognition of parents’ rights and duties in legislation, especially in the field of education, and the acknowledgement and execution of governments’ responsibility to provide support for parents in their parenting. Part of our advocacy work is for the recognition of the rights of the child especially by child participation in all aspect of education, including school leadership. Currently our activities cover 31 countries, the whole of the EU except Greece and some non-EU countries. We have advocated for the special interests of migrant parents as learners, educators and the responsible people for the education of their children. We were one of the first to raise problems around the right to mother tongue.
Don Bosco International is an international NGO based in Brussels that represents the Salesians of Don Bosco in different institutions and other international NGOs. Its main objective is to be a communication channel between any Don Bosco project dealing with Education, Culture and Youth; and influence policies on these fields at both national and EU level. Currently Don Bosco International is focused on three main topics: School to work transition, poverty and social inclusion, and migration and refugees. Our main activities are organization of expert meetings, hosting Salesian Delegations in Brussels and promoting child and youth participation, both locally and internationally.
Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies (CeMIS) is an interdisciplinary research centre that conducts research as well as providing education and other academic services relating to migration, integration and intercultural themes in various social fields, including education, the labour market, welfare, family, health and law. Collaborating with civil society, policymakers and other academic partners, the research centre addresses the challenges arising from migration and intercultural life in today’s society. CeMIS wants to provide an open and pluralistic research platform that fosters collaboration between society and academia.
The European Students’ Union (ESU) is the umbrella organisation of 45 National Unions of Students (NUS) from 38 countries. The aim of ESU is to represent and promote the educational, social, economic and cultural interests of students at the European level towards all relevant bodies. Through its members, ESU represents over 15 million students in Europe. ESU’s mission is to represent, defend and strengthen students’ educational, democratic and political and social rights. ESU will work for sustainable, accessible and high quality higher education in Europe.
The Migration Policy Group (MPG) is an independent non-profit European organisation committed to contributing to lasting and positive change resulting in open and inclusive societies in which all members have equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities in developing the economic, social and civic life of Europe’s diverse societies. MPG stimulates well-informed European policy debate, cooperation and action to achieve this goal in the three programme areas of Migration & Mobility; Anti-discrimination & Equality; and Diversity & Integration. MPG takes a consistent and dynamic approach to all three inter-related programmes. MPG wants to see open and inclusive societies in which all members – those with and without an immigrant background – have equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities and a commitment to contribute to the economic, social, cultural and civic life of our diverse societies.
Multi Kulti Collective (MKC) has been working on community development, civic participation, solidarity, integration of migrants and refugees and human rights since 2011. The organization operates both on grass-root and policy level. It is based in Sofia but in 2015 it grew to a social franchise in the 6 biggest Bulgarian cities. MKC has vast experience in campaigning, awareness-raising, organizing cultural events, trainings, research, monitoring, policy analysis, advocacy, working closely with policy makers, NGOs, researchers, migrants, refugees and youth. MKC’s projects have been featured as social innovations and best practices on national and EU level. MKC has been the national partner of the EU policy network on migrant education SIRIUS since 2014 and in December 2016 was one of the co-founders of the Brussels-based NGO called SIRIUS. MKC has also been the national coordinator of the European Website on Integration of the European Commission since 2013.
Network of Education Policy Centers (NEPC) is an international non-governmental membership organization that gathers 24 institutional members from 19 countries. NEPC has been founded in 2006 and formally established in 2008. NEPC members are public and civil-society organizations dealing with education at different levels from educational research and policy analysis to teacher training and school-based activities. NEPC Secretariat, established in Zagreb in 2006, has implemented over a dozen multi-country projects addressing and exploring current issues in education, driven by the need for independent and information-based policy analyses, advocacy for equity, and effective, sustainable solutions in education policy processes in the last couple of years. The mission of NEPC is promoting flexible, participatory, evidence-based, transparent education policies reflecting open society values, which mean proactive policy initiatives as well as advocacy and monitoring activities of governments and national education systems.
Forum for Freedom in Education is a well-recognized civil society organisation active since 1992. It works on harmonizing the educational system in Croatia with the educational standards of modern democratic societies, guided by the principles of choice and equal access to education that enables the self-realization of a person. Our innovative, high-quality programmes provide support to teachers and schools, children and youth, university lecturers and professionals working with children and youth in the educational and the social welfare systems. The programmes of teaching advancement, civic and health education, skills of non-violent conflict resolution and improvement of school management are designed for those stakeholders. The goals of the programmes of the Forum for Freedom in Education are achieved through professional training seminars and educational activities, studies and analyses, campaigns and creative competitions, as well as through direct work with teachers and schools. Particular attention is paid to the development of high-quality programmes for children and youth so that they can gain knowledge and skills for their participation in societal and democratic processes.
Hellenic Association for Intercultural Education – HAIE is a scientific association, established officially in 2011, situated in the city of Athens, in Greece. HAIE is the official branch of the International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE) in Greece. Amongst HAIE’s aims are the dissemination of the Intercultural Education in educational settings and in school praxis through seminars and conferences; the collaboration with institutions, national and international organisations which are associated with the IE/ ME issues, Human Rights, Minority and Migration issues; the collaboration with entreprises and adult training centres for the organization of seminars on IE/ME issues, Intercultural Mediation and Counselling, Human Rights and Minority and Migration issues.
New Communities Partnership (NCP) is an independent national network of 175 immigrant led groups comprising of 65 nationalities with offices in Dublin and Cork with outreach to other cities. The mission of NCP is to act as an effective network representing and empowering ethnic minority-led groups and leaders, at all levels, in order to influence positive change in policies that impact on their lives. We support and strengthen our Irish citizenship communities by: providing communal/social space for ethnic minority led organisations to interact, exchange ideas and empower themselves; offering a unified and inclusive voice for ethnic minority communities, including those still applying for citizenship, through coordination and networking at grassroots level; making available and circulating information to our member organisations, volunteers and the wider ethnic minority community; representation and participation of ethnic minorities in decision making processes and consultative forum; among others activities.
Public Policy and Management Institute (PPMI) is one of the leading public policy research centres in the Baltic region. Since 2001, the PPMI’s research and advice has contributed to improvement of public policies in Lithuania and the EU. The work carried out at PPMI has provided rationale for public sector reforms in education, R&D, public administration, economy, and labour mobility. Over the years the Institute has increasingly focussed on international projects. At the moment, around 80% of our revenue come from the services we provide for EU institutions (such as European Commission and the European Parliament), EU decentralised agencies (such as Cedefop and Eurofound) and other EU bodies (such as Committee of the Regions). The PPMI has 50+ permanent staff that combine rich academic background and in-depth practical knowledge of public policy and management issues at the national and EU levels. In conducting comparative policy research and evaluation we work with a wide network of partners across Europe.
Educational Research Institute (ERI) – Pegoski Institute is a public research institute, established in 1965 in Slovenia. Since then, ERI has conducted researches in education – basic research, developmental and applied projects, using interdisciplinary approach in covering different issues of interests in all sectors of education. ERI is also active in initiating and evaluating developmental projects in education, and developing and implementing teacher training programmes. Besides other topics of interests, ERI is focused on civic education and young people political development, multicultural relations in schools, and social inclusion of underprivileged children (e.g. Roma and migrant children). Currently, ERI is the leading partner in Erasmus plus project HAND in HAND (2017 – 2019), which addresses diversity in the learning environment with the development of universal social and emotional learning program for students and teachers based on multiculturalism.
The Centre for Research and Intervention in Education (CIIE) is a research institution based at the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences of the University of Porto, Portugal. Established in 1988, and sponsored by the national research funding agency (FCT), CIIE develops research on key issues of educational and social change and processes, in order to broaden the role of education in promoting equity, social inclusion and active citizenship. CIIE aims at undertaking high quality research in education and in related areas, that produce novel interdisciplinary advances in knowledge and increase its international profile. CIIE undertakes projects of national and international significance, to inform educational policy and improve practice. CIIE also works to enhance collaborative research through the reinforcement of cross-disciplinary research, the expanding of national-level partnerships and establishing international consortia and networks, mostly with European, Portuguese speaking countries and Latin-American organisations and academics.
Østfold University College – HIOF: Østfold University College has around 100 studies taught in new and modern premises. The university college has a total of just under 7,000 students. There are nearly 3,600 ordinary students at campus Halden, nearly 2,400 ordinary students at campus Fredrikstad, and nearly 1,000 students are taking continuing and further education programmes under the auspices of HiØ VIDERE (Centre for Continuing Education) at both campuses. In total the university college offers programmes in Computer Sciences, Education, Business, Languages, and Social Sciences, Health and Social studies, Engineering, and Theatre Academy.
Associació de mestres Rosa Sensat: Rosa Sensat Teachers Association is an educational movement, located in Barcelona, created in 1965 that continues working to improve education. Our aim is to contribute to achieve the democratic school and to express opinions and views on policy and the educational reality, as well as the promotion of the Catalan language. Our activity promotes teacher training and the exchange of good practice between schools. We work to build a new school breaking with the traditional teaching, to respond to social needs and technological change.
The Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU) is the platform for cooperation between the national school student unions active in general secondary and secondary vocational education in Europe. It was founded in April 1975 in Dublin, Ireland and brings together Member, Candidate and Affiliate Organisations from all over Europe. All Member Organisations are independent, national, representative and democratic school student organisations. As OBESSU we stand together to represent the school students as stakeholders of their educational systems, and in issues concerning their lives; to provide the national school student unions with assistance and support and to co-operate for the development of school student representative structures; to encourage and enable exchange of experience and good practice among the national school students unions; to promote equal access to education and to strive for the end of all discrimination and injustice within the educational systems; to contribute to the development of democratic educational systems in Europe, that promote active citizenship in all forms; to promote solidarity and understanding between young people; to promote new teaching methods in learning and promote healthy teaching environment.
RISBO is an independent institution for research, training and advice, linked to the Faculty of Social Sciences of Erasmus University Rotterdam. For some 25 years our experts have worked intensively on three themes: educational consultancy, research and training programmes, metropolitan (social) issues, and innovations in the public domain. Our strength lies in our scientific approach, combined with a pragmatic, project-oriented method. Themes are Educational and Social Inclusion, Integration and Educational Network Governance as part of both national and international studies all educational levels. In addition, Risbo offers expertise in the area of quality assurance, professional development, curriculum innovation and organizational development and ICT & education” Main projects are EU projects in the field of teacher capacity, multilingualism, refugee education, newcomers, inclusive classrooms. And local projects for municipalities and national government on youth, migration, radicalization, (pre)primary education, activation and citizen participation.
European Forum for Migration Studies – EFMS founded in 1993, is a research institute at the University of Bamberg, Germany, studying the causes, consequences and broader implications of migration with the aim of contributing to an informed discourse on migration and integration in Germany and Europe. Its work in the areas of migration, education, integration and anti-discrimination encompasses research, documentation and publication, as well as evaluation and consultative services, organisation of expert workshops and conferences and providing information to the public. The efms has long experiences in the field of migrant education through numerous studies and evaluations, e.g. the studies ‘Ethnic Inequalities in the educational career’ on behalf of the Mercator Foundation; ‘Data collection on educational measures, educational material and non-school educational institutions for the decrease of prejudice’ on behalf of the Rothschild Foundation Europe; and the NESSE Analytical Report 1 for the EU Commission DG Education and Culture ‘Education and the Integration of Migrants – Challenges for European Education Systems Arising from Immigration and Strategies for the Successful Integration of Migrant Children in European Schools and Societies.’; and various evaluations of educational measures for migrants.
Praxis Centre for Policy Studies Foundation is an independent, non-profit, civil initiative think tank located in Tallinn, Estonia. Praxis was founded in 2000 and has now become one of the biggest think tanks dealing with socio-economic topics in Central and Eastern Europe. Our mission is to enrich the public debate, create valuable knowledge and effective solutions for policymakers, the third sector and to other interested people. We are inspired by the idea that our work will contribute to meaningful changes in Estonia. Applied research forms the largest part of our work and is the foundation for everything else. In addition to analysis, out of the box ideas are also needed for social development so that habitual behavior does not lead to stagnation. As a third sector organisation, we are the catalyst and experimenter for ideas which national authorities deem too risky. To reach real changes, we also offer support by training and advising people in our fields of work.
Fryshuset is a Youth foundation, established in 1984, based on the conviction that encouragement, confidence, responsibility and understanding are necessary in order to enable young people to develop their innate abilities and find their way into society. In Sweden, Fryshuset operates at several locations in Stockholm as well as in Malmö, Gothenburg, Kalmar and Copenhagen and also in Copenhagen Denmark, in addition, through numerous national and international projects. Our strength lies in the field of empowerment and social inclusion of youth, in particular the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in society. We strive to achieve this by providing educational, labor market and employment programmes, support to youth initiatives, information to youth and create opportunities for quality spending of free time, as well as providing programmes dealing with the prevention of various types of destructive behaviour, violent extremism and social exclusion. Fryshuset even offers expertise of honour related violence and oppression, mental and social rehabilitation programmes, developing and disseminating effective approaches for combating the formation of destructive subcultures and expertise on inclusive practice in all aspects of educational environments and leadership development.
The National Centre for Multicultural Education (NAFO) was established in 2004, as one of the steps undertaken by the government to implement its strategic plan “Equal Education in Practice! A strategy for better learning and greater participation by language minorities in kindergartens, schools and education 2004-2009“, and is a part of Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. NAFO carries out assignments given by The Directorate for Education and Training, and focus on competence –building, networking and implementing developmental projects with the aim of promoting inclusive and equal education for linguistic minorities in kindergartens, schools and institutions of adult education. The Centre’s target groups are owners of day-care centers, kindergartens, schools, and adult-education centers as well as administrators of schools and kindergartens, teachers, staff of the pedagogical psychological counseling services and professionals at universities and university colleges.
African & Caribbean Diversity was founded in 1990 by a group of black professionals whose shared vision was of a dynamic organization that would promote the entry, development and advancement of its members into business organizations. In doing this, it would make a positive contribution to the African and Caribbean communities and to the economy of the UK. Since 2003, African & Caribbean Diversity’s Mentoring and Enrichment Programme has been bringing together volunteer mentors from city-based companies, largely from multinational corporations, and 14 to 18-year-old black British young people from London’s state schools. The key aim of this highly intensive 4-year programme is to improve the academic attainment, career prospects, and social mobility of these students. The project targets those pupils identified by their schools as having academic potential, but who largely come from households that face inter-generational economic and social exclusion, as a result of poverty. This exclusion can deny them the information and self-belief needed to either continue education post age 16 or to access higher education, especially to UK’s most competitive universities. We help students with high potential see the importance of education through university residential, workshops, company visits and one-on-one sessions with corporate mentors.
The University of Lapland is an international, multidisciplinary university whose areas of expertise include arctic issues, tourism, art and design, law, education, and the social sciences. At the heart of our university’s research profile lies Arctic and northern change. The effects of the global economic and political changes and global warming are particularly severe in the Arctic region. We produce scientific knowledge on northern societies and environment and their interaction with each other to ensure that life in the Arctic and northern regions will flourish also in the future.