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ERDISC - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB): 41.502035, 2.085047
Associació de Mestres Rosa Sensat: 41.972208, 2.819875
University of Study of Milan-Bicocca: 45.465454, 9.186516
Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte: 40.418221, -3.697479
PAYOKE: 51.025876, 4.477536
Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies (CEMIS) - University of Antwerp: 51.219734, 4.409210
Dutch National Knowledge Centre for Mixed Schools: 52.365144, 4.874872
Risbo, Erasmus University Rotterdam: 51.917975, 4.526174
National centre for multicultural education (NAFO): 59.921672, 10.734457
VERIKOM Verbund für interkulturelle kommunikation und Bildung: 53.556998, 9.950890
European Forum for Migration Studies (EFMS) - Institute at the Otto-Friedrich, University of Bamberg: 49.899580, 10.905180
German Ministry of Education and Research: 52.526907, 13.385007
Austrian Ministry of Education, Culture and Arts: 48.209945, 16.363575
Forum for Freedom in Education (Forum za Slobodu Odgoja): 45.809866, 15.985705
University of Patras: 37.861795, 21.207933
Cyprus Pedagogical Institute: 35.040016, 33.123905
Cedu 2000+: 45.943161, 24.966760
Praxis Center for Policy Studies: 59.433001, 24.761014
Global Development Institute (GDI): 56.966650, 24.145258
Public Policy and Management Institute (PPMI): 54.762297, 24.744153
Lithuanian Ministry of Education and Science: 54.682724, 25.291237
Federal Institute for Research in Education, Innovation and Development of the Austrian School System (BIFIE): 47.809490, 13.055010
Estonian Ministry of Education and Research: 58.360697, 26.727757
Regidoria d’Educació de l’Ajuntament de L’hospitalet de Llobregat: 41.361475, 2.103551
Østfold University College: 59.121453, 11.355804
Programa Escolhas: 38.723732, -9.139547
Flemish Education Council (Vlaamse Onderwijsraad - Vlor): 50.848341, 4.369667
Hellenic Association for Intercultural Education (HAIE): 38.002959, 23.800413
School of Education-University of Western Macedonia (UoWM): 40.909127, 21.420709
CIIE – Centro de Investigação e Intervenção Educativas: 41.176113, -8.603551
Association de la Fondation Etudiante pour la ville (AFEV): 48.878562, 2.360369
Education and Teacher Training Agency (Agencija za odgoj i obrazovanje): 45.813029, 15.977895
Department of Education, Generalitat of Catalonia: 41.397977, 2.139648
Multi Kulti Collective: 42.697839, 23.321670
Trasversale srl: 41.931443, 12.469587
Universidad Autonoma de Madrid: 40.544414, -3.697887
PAYOKE

Type of institution

Association / Civil society organisation / NGO

Contact information

Address: Leguit 4, 2000, Antwerp, Belgium
Telephone number: +32 (0)3 201 16 90
Email: admin@payoke.be
Website:www.payoke.be

Aims

Payoke is first and foremost a local non-profit organisation (vzw). It was established with a specific mandate to provide assistance and protection to victims of human trafficking within the Flemish region of Belgium and is funded by the Belgian government and other national funding sources. We provide services to clients that cover the full spectrum of victim assistance and support, with a focus on human rights and confidentiality. Our team of specialists provides support and services to our clients in the form of residential care (shelter, psycho-social assistance), legal assistance, ambulant care, and administrative support (residence permits, work permits). Payoke also works to provide accurate information about the phenomenon through training, presentations, and awareness raising activities.

Thematic issues

  1. Trafficking in human beings
  2. Integration/Re-integration of victims of Trafficking
  3. Local projects: Coffee project; arts projects etc. for victims of trafficking, minority/migrant youth

ERDISC - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

Type of institution

University

Contact information

Address: Dep. de Pedagogia Aplicada, Edifici G6/257 – Campus UAB,  08193 Cerdanyola del Vallés, Barcelona
Telephone number: +34. 93 581 4074
Email: gr.erdisc@uab.cat
Website: http://centresderecerca.uab.cat/erdisc/

Aims

The research team ERDISC (Research team on diversity and inclusion in complex societies) is based in Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). The main goal of this team is to create knowledge about the management of diversity from an inclusive perspective in the context of a complex society.  The main topic is education and diversity.

Our analysis perspective is based on a systemic, complex, global and local understanding of the social reality.

We organise and participate in different research projects, training courses, graduate and postgraduate courses at our university and we collaborate with other institutions that work on education and diversity.

Thematic issues

We work three dimensions of diversity and inclusion in complex societies (education context)

–       Macro dimension:

  • Policy education on migration and education

–       Medium dimension:

  • Inclusive management of diversity in VET contexts
  • Community education

–       Micro dimension:

  • Intercultural education training for practitioners
  • Young people at risk of social exclusion

Associació de Mestres Rosa Sensat

Type of institution

Association / Civil society organisation

Contact information

Address: Avinguda Drassanes, 3, Barcelona, 08001
Telephone number: +34.48.17.389
Email: associacio@rosasensat.org / mariavinuesa@rosasensat.org
Website: www.rosasensat.org

Aims

The dissemination of pedagogical theories and practices which aim at the global development of children and are deeply rooted in the respect for the child’s personality and his freedom, and the promotion of the child’s active participation in his own learning process. The on-going training of teachers, grounded both on experimentation and in theory, and developed through individual and collective reflection. The pursue of a public and democratic school, deeply inbred in the country’s reality, with all its members, teachers, families and students actively engaged on its daily management l and on the definition of its pedagogical line.

Thematic issues

Teachers’ association that works for a pedagogical innovation with training activities , document’s edition and promotion of various educational and cultural activities for children an young people in their free time in links with school’s activities.

University of Study of Milan-Bicocca

Type of institution

University

Contact information

Address: Università di Milano-Bicocca (University of Milan-Bicocca): a. Centro QUA_SI, Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca, Edificio U5 – Stanza 33, Via Cozzi 53, 20126 – MILANO – ITALIA; b. Dipartimento di Scienze Umane per la Formazione ‘R.Massa’, Edificio U6 – IV floor, Piazza dell’Ateneo Nuovo 1, 20126 – MILANO – ITALIA

Email: giulia.pastori@unimib.it / susanna.mantovani@unimib.it

Website: www.unimib.it / www.formazione.unimib / www.quasi.unimib.it

Aims

Susanna Mantovani, as a Full Professor of General and Social Pedagogy and current deputy rector, and Giulia Pastori, as a researcher, work at the Faculty of ‘Scienze Umane per la Formazione ‘Riccardo Massa’ ( Human Sciences for Education) and at the Centro di Ricerca QUA_SI (Research Centre QUA_SI) of the University of Milan-Bicocca. Some main aims and objects of the research group’s activity coordinated by Susanna Mantovani are:

  1. dealing with research and professional development method issues and questions;
  2. pursuing and establishing international collaborations for cross-cultural studies and networking;
  3. developing qualitative research approaches, oriented to research-action (close collaboration with practitioners, individual and group – reflexivity, …), and to interdisciplinary ‘contaminations’ (ethnography-anthropology, sociology) about methods and interpretative perspectives;
  4. pursuing and establishing long-term collaborations with local administrations for research and professional development projects, addressed to ECEC services (Early Childhood Education- 0-6) and schools;
  5. implementing a teaching method oriented to activism, based on diverse supports and stimula (focus group stimulated by videos and movies, role-playing and simulations, practices of interview and focus group conduction, analysis of transcriptions…);
  6. fostering a study-approach to themes and questions (of early childhood development and education, school, intercultural education, research methods…) based on national and international interdisciplinary literature, in programs addressed to future teachers, educators and school psychologists, and in teachers development programs.

Thematic issues

The principal thematic issues we work on are:

  1. Early Childhood Development, Education, Services And Policies;
  2. Adult – Child Interaction and Peer Interaction;
  3. Cross-Cultural Studies of Pedagogy and Psychology;
  4. Research Methods In Educational Research (Qualitative Research Methods: focus group, interview, video-based techniques, software-supported data Analysis and Coding);
  5. Teacher Education and Professional Development;
  6. Intercultural Education in Early Childhood and Preschool (0-6); Intercultural Education and Projects in school (from Primary to Secondary, 6-18); and, Educational Issues in Secondary School and Students experience (15-18);
  7. Issues connected to the migration experience (Multilingualism/Identity/Parenthood).

Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies (CEMIS) - University of Antwerp

Type of institution

Research centre

Contact information

Address: Lange Nieuwstraat 55, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
Telephone number: +32 3 265 59 69
Email:Christiane.timmerman@ua.ac.be
Website: www.cemis.ua.ac.be

Aims

The social aim of the centre consists of the promotion, facilitation and execution of multidisciplinary, fundamental and applied scientific research which is esteemed nationally and internationally, the development and support of multidisciplinary academic teaching, whether as specific modules, short programs or long-term courses, about migration, integration of ethnic minorities and intercultural cohabitation patterns. At the same time the centre is an open, pluralistic and multidisciplinary platform for cooperation between academics and society (government and social stakeholders) with a view to the development and acquisition of insights based on scientific research into migration, integration and intercultural relations. These aims are anchored in three domains of activity: research, training and scientific and social services. The major part of the funding is allocated to research: fundamental and applied research that is locally, nationally and internationally organized or oriented.

Themathic issues

CeMIS focuses its research on three key areas:

  1. International migration. Migration is bound up with economic, political, social, legal, cultural-religious and ecological causes situated in the countries of origin but also with the imaginations and/or the representation of the possible destinations. International migration is a broad area of study, topics related to international migration, studied by CeMIS are marriage migration, student mobility, feminization of migration, irregular migration, migration aspirations and decisions and migration policies. All of these are crucial in understanding currents of migration.
  2. Integration and social cohesion. The integration of immigrants and their descendants still proceeds with difficulty: high unemployment, low levels of schooling, overrepresentation in criminal statistics, insufficient knowledge of the host language and greater health problems are all indications of this. Elements from the countries of origin (such as religion, traditions, language and economic relations) often strengthened or continued because of marriage migration patterns, play a role but are transformed into a new reality through the praxis in a new urban and internationally connected environment.
  3. Migration and development. Source countries as a rule are regions with a weaker socio-economic situation, an unstable and sometimes insecure political situation and/or serious ecological problems. People emigrate from these regions in the hope of a better future. These individual ambitions also have consequences –often unintended– for the source country: human capacity needed for development leaves (brain drain), the land is no longer cultivated, disruption of the original social fabric. On the other hand the result can also be the flowing back of financial means (remittances), economic revaluation through investments by migrants who stay abroad or through re-immigrants, the opening up of a region, and the emergence of new socio-cultural practices more suited to globalization.

Dutch National Knowledge Centre for Mixed Schools

Type of institution

Network / Consortium

Contact information

Address: Bosboom Toussaint street 59-2, 1054 AP Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Telephone number:+ 00 31 20 61 20 455
Email: Guido.walraven@planet.nl
Website: www.gemengdescholen.nl

Aims

The aim of the Knowledge Centre is to circulate knowledge on school segregation between the areas of research, policy and practice. School segregation is an unyielding problem in The Netherlands and around the world. Segregation along both ethnic and socio-economic lines tends to overlap as a result of the influx of mostly unskilled labor from Mediterranean countries through the last few decades. Education offers the best opportunity for children with different social and cultural backgrounds to learn how they can live and work together. The Centre has a clearing house function: creating and maintaining a database of extensive information regarding school segregation. The Centre also aims to activate and empower participants to combat segregation and promote integration in schools. Municipalities, parents, schools and their boards need to cooperate to realize mixed schools. Moreover, none of these participants can create integrated schools without the support of the other. That is why municipalities and school boards have to discuss integration and segregation within the (legal) framework of the local educational agenda. Furthermore, these institutions need to involve parents and individual schools in order to effectively implement their policies. In the Netherlands parents have free choice of schools. The OECD (2010) recently characterized the discourse on segregation and integration in schools as seeking a balance between free choice and equity.

Thematic issues

Principle thematic issues we work on:

  1. Migrant education
  2. Interventions that prevent school segregation and facilitate dialogue and integration in mixed schools (or between segregated schools)
  3. Cooperative learning

Risbo, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Type of institution

Research centre

Contact information

Address:Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
Telephone number:0031 014 082 164
Email: info@risbo.eur.nl
Website:www.risbo.nl

Aims

Risbo is an independent research institute linked to the Faculty of Social Sciences of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) in the Netherlands. For over 25 years, Risbo has maintained its position as a leading institute of high quality scientific research in the Netherlands and Europe. Risbo is divided into four different departments: Social Policy Department (Risbo-SPD), High Tech Data Unit (Risbo-HTDU), Centre for Public Innovation (Risbo-CPI) and Educational Expert Centre Rotterdam (Risbo-EECR). Furthermore, Risbo advises in the more general field of research methods and techniques. All projects are done on behalf of external contractors.

Thematic issues

Risbo-SPD executes projects in the fields of employment, labour market, migration and integration, minorities, poverty, social integration, social stratification and urban studies. Risbo-EECR executes projects at all educational levels, with a strong focus on vocational and higher education. In addition, Risbo offers expertise in the area of quality assurance, professional development, curriculum innovation and organisational development and ICT & education.

National centre for multicultural education (NAFO)

Type of institution

Public entity

Contact information

Adress: Postadr.: Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus, NAFO, Postboks 4, St. Olavs plass, 0130 OSLO Visitadr.: Wergelandsv. 27, 0130 Oslo
Telephone number: +47.22.45.20.00
Email: nafo@hioa.no
Website: http://www.hioa.no/Om-HiOA/NAFO/English

Aims

The National centre for multicultural education (NAFO) work on assignments from the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training. NAFO runs competence-building programmes for day-care centre owners, school owners, school administrators and teachers, university colleges and universities. The Centre collaborates with specialist environments at universities, university colleges and resource centres, and works to promote the establishment of networks in this field at national and local levels. The Centre has developed a collaboration structure with key professional environments within the school system, and now attention is given to skills enhancement in kindergarten and adult education as well. The Centre is located at Oslo and Akershus University College and is allocated funds in the same way as other national centres.

VERIKOM Verbund für interkulturelle kommunikation und Bildung

Contact information

Address: Norderreihe 61, 22767 Hamburg, Germany
Telephone number: +49-40-350 1772-16
Email: Schneider@verikom.de
Website: http://www.verikom.de

Aims

verikom is an independent organisation for intercultural social and educational work. It offers capacitation, counselling, and coaching for people with a migrational background, especially women and girls, and some special offers for other institutions and multipliers. The aim of verikom is to improve the social, political and educational participation of migrants and their offspring in Hamburg and its neighbourhods by promoting the individual and collective ability to act. verikom is firmly against all forms of racism, sexism and discrimination on the basis of religion, skin colour, origin, sexual orientation, handicaps or age. We are convinced that social justice and the equal participation of human beings with and without migration experience can be endorsed and improved through individual and structural and societal processes of change. The empowerment of women is a particularly central aim of verikom. We work holistically, appreciating and resource-oriented. Our team is intercultural, with a majority of employees with migration background themselves.

Thematic issues

  1. Intercultural community centres in various districts of Hamburg, offering counselling and language and computer courses for migrants
  2. Intercultural counselling and case management against domestic violence and forced marriage
  3. Professional training and job preparation for refugees (especially refugees with no perspective in precarious legal status
  4. “Ethnic mentoring” for secondary education pupils with student mentors from most diverse cultural backgrounds

European Forum for Migration Studies (EFMS) - Institute at the Otto-Friedrich, University of Bamberg

Type of institution

Charitable Registered Association

Contact information

Address: Katharinenstrasse 1, 96052 Bamberg
Telephone number: +49 951 932020 0
Email: efms@uni-bamberg.de
Website: http://www.efms.uni-bamberg.de/

Aims

The efms studies 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. In particular, the efms aims at:

  1. Improving the knowledge and understanding of migration and integration processes
  2. Helping to make the public discourse on phenomena of migration and integration more objective
  3. Promoting the exchange of knowledge between science, administration, the government and the general public
  4. Assisting in the development of a viable and humane migration and integration policy in Germany and Europe

Thematic issues

The efms work in the areas of migration, 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. To fulfil these objectives the efms has been continuously monitoring developments in the field of migration and integration (policy) in Germany and Europe. Furthermore, interdisciplinary and international cooperation has been established aiming at the exchange of information between researchers, politicians, administrators, educators, NGOs, the general public and those working in the media. The efms seeks to assist in shaping a viable and humane migration and integration policy.

  1. The fields in which the main academic work of the efms is carried out can be subsumed into migration and the integration of migrants. Within the field of migration the efms deals with projects in the following subject areas: migration theory; migration statistics; migration policy; and, illegal migration.
  2. Within the field of integration, the efms works on projects on the topics: integration processes; integration policy; discrimination; and, evaluation of integration policies and measures.
  3. The efms conducts evaluations of policies and social programmes in the field of integration of migrants on a regular basis. Evaluations concepts and their implementation differ in accordance with the respective research interests of the evaluation clients, the concrete design and the stage of development of the programmes under study. By the means of applying varying methods of social empirical research, evaluations allow for systematic assessments of the concepts, individual components, implementation and effectiveness of social intervention programmes. Evaluations at the efms are primarily conducted on behalf of foundations and public institutions.

German Ministry of Education and Research

Type of institution

Public entity

Contact information

Address: Hannoversche Str. 28-30, D-11055 Berlin
Telephone number:+49 (0) 30 18 57 5242
Email: wolfgang.schlump@bmbf.bund.de
Website: www.bmbf.de

Aims

In division 325 of the ministry we concern ourselves with the basic aspects of the educational success/failure of people with a migration background. Our philosophy: Everyone – irrespective of their background – must be given the opportunity for an optimum start in life and to get ahead through education; equal opportunities; individual support. In general, we prefer cultural mainstreaming, i.e.: specific programs for people with a migration background are the rare exception. The programs of the ministry target people who need assistance or support, among them people with a migration background.

Thematic issues

  1. Integration policies of the Federal Government, such as: National Integration Action Plan; integration monitoring, Report on Integration Indicators of the Federal Government; course of instruction on integration (administered by the Federal Agency for Migration and Refugees, Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge, BAMF)
  2. Working Groups of the Federal Government to promote integration
  3. Joint Federal/Länder Working Group “Integration through Education”
  4. Research on education and integration
  5. European and international integration policies (EU, EC, OECD)

Austrian Ministry of Education, Culture and Arts

Type of institution

Public entity

Contact information

Address: Minoritenplatz 5, A-1014 Wien
Telephone number:+43 (0)1 53120-0
Email: ministerium@bmukk.gv.at
Website: http://www.bmukk.gv.at

Aims

The Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture embraces six different Directorate Generals:

  1. Directorate General IA: International relations and cultural affairs;
  2. Directorate General I: responsible for the supervision of compulsory schools (primary, new/(academic) secondary schools) as well as for the educational research and school quality enhancement;
  3. Directorate General II: competent of the strategic management of higher vocational schools;
  4. Directorate General III: responsible for personnel management and human resources;
  5. Directorate General IV: covers the cultural heritage and in charge of all questions related to museums;
  6. Directorate General V: provides and distributes sponsorship for contemporary artists.

The department for “Diversity and Language Policy, Special needs Education and Inclusion, Gifted and Talented Education” is the main contact of the SIRIUS-network. It is situated in Section I and is concerned with questions of education. Therefore the focus is on the Ministry’s philosophy in regards education policy:

  1. Equal opportunities for all children regardless the social, educational or ethnic background of the parents: early – and free-of-charge – access to the education system for all children; inclusive education for children with special needs; support of gifted or talented children; and, extension of all-day schooling and after school care.
  2. High educational standards, quality assurance and innovation in school education: individualised teaching and learning; competence-oriented teaching; standardized measurements; smaller school classes; and, internationally competitive education.
  3. High standards for teacher training and further education for teachers
  4. Education as a societal value: implementing Lifelong-learning strategies; and, “Nachholen von Bildungsabschlüssen”: Adults who never graduated from a lower secondary school continue and finish their education free of charge.

Thematic issues

Aims and thematic projects of the Ministry are defined at the beginning of each legislative period. The current period lasts from 2008 to 2013. The Education Initiative defined the following projects as contributing to the philosophy of the current governmental programme:

  1. Extension of Day care in schools
  2. New Secondary school
  3. New upper Secondary school
  4. Implementation of Education standards
  5. Securing quality in schools
  6. Implementation of standardized, competence-oriented matriculation examination at academic secondary schools
  7. New teacher training
  8. Implementation of the UN-convention-results

Forum for Freedom in Education (Forum za Slobodu Odgoja)

Type of institution

Association / Civil society organisation

Contact information

Address: Kralja Držislava 12
Telephone number: +38.514.66.35.03
Email: forum@fso.hr
Website: www.fso.hr

Aims

Forum for Freedom in Education is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation, which has been active in Croatia since 1992 and was registered in 1998 in accordance with the provisions of the Law on Associations. The main goal of Forum is to introduce the educational standards of the contemporary democratic society into the Croatian education system. The mission of Forum for Freedom in Education is to implement contemporary and quality education programs and to impact the public policies, always in its activities guided by the principals of fairness, non-violence, open communication, life-long learning and critical thinking. By comparing and harmonising the education in Croatia with the education standards of the contemporary democratic societies, Forum is advocating for the right to choose education that creates a self-actualized person as well as the right of equal access to it.

Thematic issues

During the past 20 years, main activities of the FFE include creating and implementing education programs for methodological training of the teaching professionals, non-violent conflict resolution, health education, civic education, student scholarships, and training in the field of methodology of teaching. Programs implemented by the Forum for Freedom in Education:

  1. Methodological training programs for teaching professionals: Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking and Active Learning and Critical Thinking in Higher Education. A. Integral Civic Education Street Law, Rule of Law, Education for Anti-Corruption, Mediation, EU Education. B. «We Can Work It Out: A Network of Medication Centres». C. Health Education.
  2. Programs for children and youth: High School Students’ Scholarships for studying abroad, EU Summer Academy, International training programmes, Small scale research in the field of youth policy
  3. Evidence based policy in the field of education: small scale researches, advocacy activities, representation in the media

University of Patras

Type of institution

University

Conctat information

Address:University of Patras University campus, 26504, Rio, Patras Greece
Telephone number:Tel. 0030-2610 997120, 2610 997100 (Rectorate) / 0030-2610-969725/969726 (Dept. of Elem Education)
Email: rectorate@upatras.gr / jspin@upatras.gr
Website: www.upatras.gr/index/index/lang/en; www.elemedu.upatras.gr

Aims

The Department’s responsibility is to foster and further the Sciences of Education through academic teaching and research. Its fundamental objective is to educate teachers both at the undergraduate and graduate levels and to equip them with the necessary qualifications and skills in order to enable them to work in schools and other educational establishments and enterprises both in the public and private sector.

Thematic issues

  1. Diversity
  2. Citizenship and Identity
  3. Multiculturalism
  4. Multilingualism
  5. Multicultural Efficacy / Intercultural Sensitivity
  6. Social and education policy
  7. Teacher Education

Cyprus Pedagogical Institute

Type of institution

Public entity

Contact information

Address: Pedagogical Institute, Latsia, P.O.BOX 12720
Telephone number:+35.722.402.300
Email: loishadj@cyearn.pi.ac.cy
Website: http://www.pi.ac.cy

Aims

The mission of the Pedagogical Institute is to cater for the continuous training of teachers at all levels so as to assist them in their efforts for professional and personal development.

Thematic issues

  1. The offer of in-service training to teachers of all levels through several compulsory programmes and optional seminars
  2. The planning and execution of educational research and evaluation studies
  3. The promotion and use of new technologies in education
  4. The writing and publication of teaching books, the designing of the curriculum and the production of teaching materials

Praxis Center for Policy Studies

Type of institution

Research centre

Contact information

Address: Tornimäe 5, Tallinn, Estonia
Telephone number: +372 640 8000
Email: praxis@praxis.ee
Website: www.praxis.ee

Aims

Praxis Center for Policy Studies was founded in 2000 as the first independent non-profit think tank in Estonia. The mission of Praxis is to improve and contribute to the policy-making process in Estonia by conducting independent research, providing strategic counsel to policy makers and fostering public debate. Therefore, the aims of Praxis as a think tank are:

  1. to draw attention to important public policy problems in the society;
  2. to offer alternative solutions for addressing of social problems;
  3. to provide high quality and independent policy analysis and research;
  4. to foster public debate and civic participation in public policy process and promote the principles of participatory democracy in the society;
  5. to contribute to the development of skills and understanding of policy analysis;
  6. to promote the use of independent expert knowledge and analysis in the public policy process.

Thematic issues

In choosing the themes and activities, Praxis relies on its mission, values and vision. Our activities are characterized by new knowledge and discovery of new approaches as well as dissemination of empirical evidence. In doing that, we are focusing on combining academic knowledge with practical solutions and approaches. One of the most important purposes is to bring attention to problems needing to be solved in society. For doing that, we are monitoring the policy making process and discussions in various policy areas as well as provide independent policy analysis to enrich the debate on policy options. Furthermore, Praxis itself is active in initiating research projects on various topics in order to draw attention to important issues in society and contribute to public debate. The main policy areas Praxis is active in are:

  1. Labour and Social Policy
  2. Economic Policy
  3. Education Policy
  4. Health Policy

Global Development Institute (GDI)

Type of institution

Association / Civil society organisation

Contact information

Address: Brivibas Street 159-5, Riga, LV-1012, Latvia
Telephone number: +37.126.498.654
Email: Liesma.Ose@gmail.com

Aims

Aims of the foundation “Global Development Institute” (GDI) are to promote the development of sciences of social work, social pedagogy, pedagogy; to improve general quality of social life using evidence based information, education and training; to organize international collaboration and experience exchange in the above-mentioned fields of science and practice; to do research and analysis of social, health, education, integration, immigration policies. GDI is operating following principles of evidence based practice, research informed policy making, and promoting social constructivist position vs essentialist world view. Interculturality and tolerance are among the basic institutional values.

Thematic issues

Organization is founded in 2012. Since 2013 GDI works on education for integration of immigrant population, focusing third country nationals (project with Ministry of Culture, Latvia, supported by European Integration fund; SIRIUS project); citizenship education. Future prospects: (1) Diversity mainstreaming in government institutions ( national level, possible international collaboration in Baltic scale and further ) (2) Regional and national strategy development work in the fields of alternative social services’ development (3) Evaluation (impact evaluation) of integration policy.

Public Policy and Management Institute (PPMI)

Type of institution

Private research institute

Contact information

Address: Gedimino ave. 50, LT-01110 Vilnius, Lithuania
Telephone number: +37 0 52 62 03 38
Email: info@ppmi.lt
Website: http://www.ppmi.lt

Aims

The mission of the Institute consists in improving public administration and helping to implement public policies in an efficient way. We assist public institutions in achieving their goals by proposing innovative ideas and the best solutions to increase the efficiency of public policies and the welfare of society.

Thematic issues

Our experience has been accumulated in various sectors of public policy, including:

  1. Public Management and Governance
  2. Education and Youth
  3. Innovation, Research and Development
  4. Employment and Social Affairs
  5. Information Society
  6. Migration and Mobility
  7. Health and Healthcare
  8. Agriculture and Rural Development
  9. Regional Development
  10. Equality and Non-discrimination
  11. Other public services

Lithuanian Ministry of Education and Science

Type of institution

Public entity

Contact information

Address: A. Volano str. 2/7, LT-01516, Vilnius
Telephone number:+37 0 52 19 11 90
Email: smmin@smm.lt
Website: www.smm.lt

Aims

To implement the national system of formal and nonformal education which secures social attitudes in favour of education and creates conditions for lifelong learning in a changing democratic society; to implement the state policy of science and studies in accordance with the Law on Science and Studies and other legal acts; to coordinate the activity of Lithuanian institutions of science and studies, etc. In order to implement the assigned tasks, the Ministry develops one-year and long-term educational investment programmes, approves requirements for the regulations of state-run and municipal schools; approves the general curriculum content of formal education, and achievement levels; organizes and coordinates the accreditation of the secondary education programme; approves the procedure of consecutive learning under general education programmes and the procedure for organization and implementation of matura exams; establishes, liquidates, and reorganizes vocational schools and approves general vocational education plans. Science and studies: the Ministry submits proposals to the Government regarding establishment, reorganisation,and liquidation of higher education and research institutions; issues licenses to conduct studies; drafts projects on state budget allocations for state institutions of science and studies; approves general and special requirements for firstcycle, integrated, and Master study programmes; establishes a procedure of competition among persons who acquired education in foreign institutions for admission to statefinanced studies.

Federal Institute for Research in Education, Innovation and Development of the Austrian School System (BIFIE)

Type of institution

Public entity

Contact information

Address: Alpenstraße 121, 5020 Salzburg

Telephone number:+43 662 620088-1113

Email: punzenberger@bifie.at

Website: www.bifie.at

Aims

The federal institute for research in education, innovation and development of the Austrian school system with its 150 employees is the most important source for evidence-based policy development in the field of school governance in Austria. It is dedicated to guaranteeing the equality of opportunities on the basis of high quality schooling. To reach this goal national and international developments in the school systems are monitored and compared and suggestions for the improvement of organisational aspects as well as tuition are submitted to the Ministry. One of the main tasks of BIFIE is to develop as well as implement standardized tests. Additionally, BIFIE researchers do analytical reports on the data collected in the framework of the proficiency testing. Additionally BIFIE coordinates the triannual education report where around 30 researchers from all over Austria bring together their findings relevant to the Austrian school-system. One of the subunits in BIFIE is the research program on multilinguality interculturality-mobility where strategic thinking for research and policy development in this field is located. On the one hand analyses of quantitative data concerning equity in education are a primary task in BIFIE on the other hand strategic knowledge of how to improve the situation is delivered to decision-makers. Therefore international exchange is of overwhelming importance.

Thematic Issues

There are three thematic areas which should be covered by the research program MIM when it will be implemented to its fullest extent:

  • Multilinguality: a new term to cover what was for a long time called “students with a first language other than German”. In choosing this term it should be made clear that besides analysing disadvantage, the positive potential of children coming from families where the language of instruction in school is not the only one spoken or even not spoken at all should gain more importance in school.
  • Interculturality: understood in this case as a wide concept where diversity in linguistic, cultural and religious terms are included as well as analyses focusing on discrimination and racism.
  • Mobility: a term to cover cross-border mobility as well as other forms of mobility within nation states that impacts on the school-careers.

Estonian Ministry of Education and Research

Type of institution

Public Entity

Contact information

Address: Munga 18, 50088 Tartu Estonia
Telephone number: +372 7350 229
Email: maie.soll@hm.ee
Website: www.hm.ee

Aims

The main tasks of the Ministry of Education and Research are to guarantee the expedient and effective development of education, research, youth and language policies and the high level and competitiveness of research and development activities.
In order to fulfil these tasks, the Ministry:

  • plans, organises and develops education, research, youth and language policies;
  • develops national development plans in the areas of education, research, youth and language policies and guarantees their compliance with the national development plans in these areas;
  • organises the funding, completion and assessment of the results of development plans;
  • exercises governmental supervision over the activities of educational institutions regarding provision of education and the fulfilment of national study programmes and other educational standards;
  • plans and develops national study programmes and other educational standards and organises their preparation and accreditation

Thematic issues

The area of government of the Ministry covers planning the education, research, youth and language policies of the state and, in association with the above, organisation of preschool, general secondary, vocational secondary, higher, hobby and adult education, research and development activities, the areas of youth and special youth work and preparation of relevant draft acts.

Regidoria d’Educació de l’Ajuntament de L’hospitalet de Llobregat

Type of institution

Public Entity

Contact information

Address: c/ Girona 10, 08901 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Catalonia, Spain

Telephone number: +34 934029402/94
Email: lesteve@l-h.cat or mtsambola@l-h.cat
Website: www.l-h.cat

Aims

The purpose of the Regidoria d’Educació is to progress towards an educational city, developing the City Educational Project as a tool for achieving social cohesion and to guarantee equal opportunities. The Regidoria d’Educació promotes educational success in the context of an inclusive school model, giving the leading role to the students encouraging them to take the responsibility for their learning process through personal and social commitment. The Regidoria d’Educació is fostering the participation and involvement of families in education.

Thematic issues

The Regidoria d’Educació is in charge of 6 kindergarten and a Music school-Centre for the Arts. The Regidoria d’Educació also organizes programmes to promote educational success and social cohesion; promote professional networking, training and support to parent’s associations; provoke service-learning programs in the community; give the information about the schooling process; take care of the maintenance of schools; organise the use of school facilities by NGO’s or other entities; hold the representation of the City Council in the school boards of public and private schools; lead the city Board of education, etc.

Østfold University College

Type of institution

University, Public Entity

Contact information

Address: Remmen, 1757 Halden, Norway
Telephone number: +4769215000
Email: Eva.m.dyrnes@hiof.no / kjersti.e.holte@hiof.no
Website: www.hiof.no

Aims

Østfold University College has 7 Faculties. The Faculty of Education offers preservice
teacher education studies, bachelor’s degree programs, including Bachelor in Intercultural Education as well as master programs, including Master in Diversity and Inclusion in Pedagogical work. The Norwegian Centre for Foreign languages in Education was established 1 June 2005 and is located at the UC as an independent unit under the authority of the Ministry of Education and Research. The University College is actively recruiting students with various backgrounds and encompasses students from 25 different countries.
The main aims of the Faculty of Education are:

  • Enhancing the learning environment to include the diversity of students.
  • Attaining teacher education of high quality.
  • Further developing educational research on inclusion and diversity (inc. on minority issues and children and young people at risk)
  • Furthering life long learning
  • Integrate international issues in all programs.

Thematic issues

Thematic issues in teacher education and research:

  • Diversity and inclusion in education
  • Intercultural education and issues across faculties.
  • ‘Students’ at risk. Pathways to vocational competence’ – a research project.
  • Early school leavers in compulsory and upper secondary education
  • Bilingual education in teacher education
  • Cooperative learning processes in early childhood education.

Programa Escolhas

Type of institution

Public Entity

Contact information

Address: Rua dos Anjos, 66, 3º, 1150-025 Lisboa
Telephone number: +351 21 810 30 60
Email: escolhas@programaescolhas.pt
Website: www.programaescolhas.pt

Aims

Programa Escolhas (Choices program) aims to promote the social inclusion of children and young people from the most vulnerable communities, looking towards equal opportunities and social cohesion.

Thematic issues

The thematic issues are defined by the Ministry of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers Resolution nr. 67/2012, that defines the legal framework for the implementation of the Program. The Resolution defines five priority areas that the Program delivers locally through its network of 110 projects, namely school inclusion and non-formal education, vocational training and employability, civic and community participation, digital inclusion, entrepreneurship and empowerment.

Flemish Education Council (Vlaamse Onderwijsraad - Vlor)

Type of institution

Association / Civil society organisation

Contact information

Address: Kunstlaan 6, 1210 Brussels (Belgium)

Telephone number: +32 2 227 13 70
Email: carine.desmet@vlor.be
Website: www.vlor.be

Aims

The Flemish Education Council, in Dutch: de “Vlaamse Onderwijsraad” (Vlor), is the official advisory body on the education and training policy of the Flemish Community.  Representatives of all the different stakeholders in education and training meet in the Vlor. Together they look for ways to further improve education and training in Flanders. Representatives of all partners in education meet in the Vlor:

  • representative authorities of the organizers of education
  • training centres
  • educational advisory services
  • teachers and other educative staff via the unions
  • parents
  • pupils and students
  • social partners
  • experts
  • elected school heads

This broad representation of the educational field is a characteristic feature of the Flemish Education Council. In each recommendation the council strives for consensus so that all partners have their share in a balanced recommendation

Thematic issues

This working year, the Vlor is particularly focusing on the following thematic issues:

  • Capacity development and planning

In Flanders in many cities and even in smaller town schools are facing a problem of shortage of educational resources. This is due to a raising number of births and to an important flow of immigration. Both phenomena are also reinforcing one another. The problem is the most urgent in primary education but of course within only 4 or 5 years the same problem will raise in secondary education. The Vlor is working on a strategic exercise to identify the levers for a coherent and sustainable policy taking into account the different levels of subsidiarity (city and regional level, school autonomy and central level).

  • Diversity in education

A seminar on the impact of the policy on diversity during the last 15 years. It will be an evaluative seminar that will offer a basis to identify the challenges we face due to new paradigms on diversity in education and new structural changes in the financial system of our education system.

  • Higher education in the next decade

Another strategic exercise is a more traditional process of consultation with stakeholders from higher education on the developments needed in higher education, called higher education in the 21st century. This process is nearly finished but the Vlor will communicate to a larger audience on these concepts.

  • Children in poverty

A process just started is to discuss on children in poverty in primary education. We face a raising stress on schools and on school teams due to social problems of the children. These social backgrounds influence deeply school results such as repeating a class, poor results and streaming towards special education. This approach is related to the changing paradigm on diversity and special needs and the interaction between the two phenomena.

  • New social media, new technology and its impact on an integrated ICT policy

On demand of the minister we worked on an advice on the use of tablet computers in
school.

  • Brain research and education

We organized learning seminars for our members and for researchers on the question
what use pedagogic scientists and educationalists can make of brain research.

University of Pécs

Type of institution

University

Contact information

Address: Hungary – 7622 Pecs, Vasvari Pal u. 4.
Telephone number: +36-72-503600-24510; +3630-5860620 Email: balazsovics.monika@gmail.com
Website: http://www.pte.hu/

Aims

Our institution focuses on theory and practice of education and instruction in teacher training programs within the context of educational inclusion, including learners from Roma communities. We would like to enhance the adaptation of the following approaches and practices based on research and development evidences:

  • systematic changes which are needed for achieving real inclusion
  • teacher competences which are needed for managing these changes
  • teacher competences which are needed for the everyday practices for inclusion.

Our colleagues were participating in these processes in the Hungarian education system from the middle of the nineties, and were strategic experts of a model called Inclusive System of Education (ISE). In this model of ISE 1600 education institutions were involved between 2003 and 2013.

Our philosophy is to create and maintain an interdisciplinary cooperation with other departments, universities, public schools, civic organisations, and local communities for the inclusion of learners with different background.

Thematic issues

–       Inclusive education is sub-program which is part of the teacher training programs independently from the subject deals with social, educational approach of theory and practice of inclusive education.

–       Roma studies – we have a department and research centre for this field, and different BA and MA programs as well.

–       Learning-centred and competence based teacher training: our institution is one of the institutions which has more than two decades experiences in the field of cooperative learning, development of critical thinking and writing, competence based teaching and learning.

Hellenic Association for Intercultural Education (HAIE)

Type of institution

Association / Civil society organisation

Contact information

Address: Pythagora 36, Cholargos, Greece
Telephone number: +302106513662

Email: haieathens@gmail.com  (Odysseas Evangelou, Nektaria Palaiologou, Coordinators)

Website: http://www.iaie.org/haie_english/

Aims

Hellenic Association for Intercultural Education Association (HAIE) is the official branch of the International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE).
HAIE collaborates with national and international experts in the fields of: Intercultural, Multicultural Education, Minority and Migration, Human Rights and Intercultural Mediation and Counselling issues.

Thematic issues

  • Intercultural and Multicultural Education
  • Immigrant students
  • Minority Education
  • Diversity Issues
  • Teachers’ Education and Training

School of Education-University of Western Macedonia (UoWM)

Type of institution

University

Contact information

Address: 2nd-3rd klm National Road Florina-Niki, Greece

Telephone number: +302385055121
Email: nekpalaiologou@uowm.gr  (Nektaria Palaiologou, Departmental Coordinator)
Website: http://www.uowm.gr/

Aims

The School of Education at the UoWM consists of two departments: the Early Education Department and the Primary Education Department. Both Departments offer undergraduate studies to future teachers and postgraduate studies to in-service teachers.

The University is coordinator or partner in national and international projects.

Thematic issues

  • Intercultural and Multicultural Education
  • Immigrant students
  • Minority Education
  • Diversity Issues
  • Teachers’ Education and Training

CIIE – Centro de Investigação e Intervenção Educativas

Type of institution

Research Centre

Contact information

Address: CIIE – Centro de Investigação e Intervenção Educativas, Faculdade de Psicologia e de Ciências da Educação, Universidade do PortoRua Alfredo Allen, 4200-135 Porto – Portugal

Telephone number: +351 220 400 615 / +351 220 400 636

Email: ciie@fpce.up.pt / ciie_secretariado@fpce.up.pt
Website: http://www.fpce.up.pt/ciie/

Aims

CIIE researches key historical, contemporary and emerging issues of educational and social change and processes, in order to broaden the role of education in promoting equity, social inclusion and active citizenship. Presently, the main objectives of the Centre are:

  • To foster cutting-edge research with an interdisciplinary approach by undertaking projects of national and international significance which support excellence in research in education
  • To support the training of young researchers, especially through the development of high-quality doctoral programmes and supervision
  • To establish or reinforce collaborative research partnerships and networks with European, Portuguese speaking countries and Latin-American universities, R&D centres, and governmental and civil society agencies
  • To increase a broader dissemination of the outcomes of the developed research, namely through the publication on leading journals, the reinforcement of CIIE’s own publishing line, and the organization of international and national seminars and conferences
  • To provide expertise, assessment, and consulting services to both state and local government agencies, enterprises, schools, etc.

Thematic issues

CIIE’s research is structured around core themes – educational evaluation and school management; educational and social policies; equity, social inclusion, civic participation and citizenship; curriculum studies; teacher education; professional identities; ethnographies of professional knowledge; youth and children cultures in educational contexts; education and health; social construction of masculinities and femininities in school; cultural heritage and history of school processes, methods and materials; adult education; multicultural education; deaf cultures; artistic education…

Association de la Fondation Etudiante pour la ville (AFEV)

Type of institution

Civil society organisation

Contact information

Address: 26 bis rue de Château Landon – 75010 Paris, France
Telephone number: +33. 1 40 36 01 01
Email: eunice.mangado@afev.org
Website: http://www.afev.fr/

Aims

Afev is a not-for profit organisation developed throughout 250 towns in France and Barcelona, Spain. Our goal is to accompany children and youth at risk in deprived areas and help them reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one  relationships with volunteering  student mentors. Afev has accompanied over 140,000 children and youths since its founding in 1991.

Thematic issues

  • Youth
  • Education
  • Mentoring
  • Solidarity
  • Commitment
  • Multiculturalism

Education and Teacher Training Agency (Agencija za odgoj i obrazovanje)

Contact information

Address: Donje Svetice 38, 10 000  Zagreb, Croatia
Telephone number: +385 (0)1 2785 121
Email: sanja.milovic@azoo.hr
Website: http://www.azoo.hr/

Aims

Education and Teacher Training Agency (ETTA) is public institution on a national level whose key activity is providing professional and advisory assistance in education. The overall aim of ETTA is to promote and suport quality in education.

Thematic issues

ETTA’s role is to support teachers within the education system in all general subject curriculum areas and cross-curriculum areas. Thematic issues include different subject areas topics, assessment and evaluation, leadership, prevention of all forms of violence among school children, human trafficking, drug abuse, HIV (AIDS) prevention, promotion of children’s rights and safety at schools. One of the most important tasks at the moment is to support implementation of new curriculum Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education (EDC/HRE) which is currently being implemented in Croatian schools, as well as Health Education. Within the EDC/HRE there are specific themes (interculturalism, supporting children of migrant background, teaching Croatian language as second language) that have become more relevant since Croatia became a full EU member country.

Department of Education, Generalitat of Catalonia

Type of institution

Public entity

Contact information

Address: Via Augusta, 202-226, 08021 Barcelona
Telephone number: +34 934006900
Email: dgafce.ensenyament@gencat.cat
Website: http://www20.gencat.cat/portal/site/ensenyament

Aims

General Directorate of Attention to Family and Educational Community, Department of Education of the Government  of Generalitat of Catalonia includes in its institutional mission the achievement of educative (personal, social and academic), social cohesion and the success of newcomer students.

Thematic issues

In accordance with its strategic objectives, the following actions are being carried out:

  • Planning, coordination and assessment of Community Plans.
  • Service to community, (Learning and Service approach)
  • Support to newcomer students
  • Monitoring of out-of-school programmes of school support
  • Promotion of interculturality  and relationship with migrant communities
  • Teacher training
  • Dissemination of good practice
  • Interdepartmental  coordination: actions to be taken by the coordination of other Departments  and areas of the Government: Welfare, Agriculture, Health, Gender policies, Sport

Multi Kulti Collective

Type of institution

Association / Civil society organisation / NGO

Contact information

Address: 67, Ivan Susanin st., ap. 9, 1618 Sofia, Bulgaria
Telephone number: +359898239850
Email: info@multikulti.bg
Website: http://multikulti.bg

Aims

Multi Kulti Collective is a socio-cultural organization that works to achieve integration and equality of European Union (EU) and third country nationals, refugees and ethnic minorities in Bulgaria. The Association also works to implement the Common Basic Principles of integration policies for immigrants in the EU and supports similar activities in the EU.

Thematic issues

  • Assist with all aspects of integration of EU and third country nationals, refugees and ethnic minorities in Bulgaria – education, employment, political participation, etc.
  • Increase public awareness of foreign cultures and ethnic minorities in Bulgaria;
  • Increase society’s sensitivity to overcome discrimination and xenophobia in Bulgaria;
  • Promote respect for fundamental human rights of all foreigners and ethnic minorities in Bulgaria;
  • Share best integration practices at international and national level.

Trasversale srl

Type of institution

Research Centre

Contact information

Address: Viale del Vignola 70, 00196 Rome, Italy

Telephone number: +39-06-36006259

Email: trasversale@trasversale.com

Website: http://www.trasversale.com/

Aims

Trasversale srl is a vocational training centre, established in 1992, whose aims are to empower people’s abilities and skills.

Trasversale srl apply a cognitive approach, ie studying the non-rational reasons behind people’s choices and actions.

Trasversale srl operates in the fields of vocational training and guidance, economic, institutional and social research. It provides counselling and technical assistance to both public and private system, as well as to individuals.

Trasversale srl is a registered training center within the European Social Fund (accredited by Lazio Region) and has quality certification ISO 9001:2008.

Thematic issues

Trasversale srl is active on several thematic issues:

  • Intergenerational dialogue: supporting family business continuity and generational change both within Small and Medium Enterprises and within society as a whole
  • Integration and open society: empowering immigrants and their access to job and study opportunities, promoting an open and integrated society, with actions in schools (elementary, high school, universities), companies, institutions (small and big municipalities)
  • Institutional building: assistance to public authorities (national and local level) in promoting social policies in the field of integration
  • Employment promotion: training on entrepreneurship creation and job finding.

Universidad Autonoma de Madrid

Type of institution

University

Contact information

Address: Dpto. Interfacultativo de Psicologia Evolutiva y de la Educación, Facultad de Formación de Profesorado y Educación, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, C/ Francisco Tomás y Valiente 3, 28049 Madrid, Spain
Telephone number: +34 914972999
Email: Liliana.jacott@uam.es
Website: http://www.uam.es/

Aims

The Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology is part of the Faculties of Education and Psychology of the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, a large public university institution of Spain.

Thematic issues

  • Teaching in Grades and Master Degrees in Teacher Training from Infant Education to Post Secondary Teacher Training.
  • Research in all the thematic areas of Human Development and Education