University of Cyprus

The UCY was established in 1989 and admitted its first students in 1992. Today, UCY consists of 8 faculties, 22 departments and 11 research units (e.g. Banking and Finance, Archaeological,Economics, Nanotechnology, KIOS Center for Intelligent Systems and Networks, Gender Studies,Oceanographic Centre, NIREAS-International Water Research Center).

The UCY aims to establish itself as a Pioneer Research Institution achieving International Scientific Recognition in European Higher Education, offering Competitive Programmes and to become a Centre of Excellence in the wider Euro – Mediterranean Region. The main objectives of the University are twofold: The promotion of scholarship and education through teaching and research, and the enhancement of the cultural, social and economic development of Cyprus. In this context, the University believes that education must provide more than simply accumulation of knowledge. It must also encourage students’ active participation in the process of learning and acquisition of those values necessary for responsible involvement in the community.

The UCY has formulated a Strategic Plan for its development in the period 2004- 2020. By the end of 2020 the UCY expects that a) the University campus will be fully operational; b) programmes of studies will be offered in nine faculties ; c) a total of 10,000 students will be enrolled (7500 undergraduate and 2500 postgraduate, a ratio of 3:1); d) to employ at least 1000 academic and 1000 administrative personnel.

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The University of Valencia

The old “Estudi General de València”, founded in 1499 and initially dedicated to the study of medicine, humanities, theology and law, has today become a modern European University, open to the culture of practically every branch of teaching.

Currently, the University of Valencia, with more than three thousand teachers and researchers, who make up 90 departments, 17 research institutes and other research units belonging to the social, biomedical, human, experimental and formal sciences, stands out as one of the main public research organisations in Spain. Along with the human resources, the magnitude of its facilities and the available up-to-date instrumental equipment guarantee the quality of a vast scientific and technologic offer to the service of society. In fact, the University of Valencia has participated and is participating in several European projects under the subsequent RTD European Framework Programmes (I to VII) and other European Programmes / Actions: Health, H2020, ERASMUS, SOCRATES, LEONARDO, INTAS, EQUAL, Community action programme “AIDS and other communicable diseases”… acting through several roles: coordinator, contractor, associated contractor, member, host institution… having experience in the development and management of more than 150 European Projects. The University of Valencia is generally recognized as one of the most outstanding Spanish universities in both national and international rankings. The University of Valencia produces 63 % of the indexed references of all Valencian universities and ranks third among Spanish universities in indexed scientific production. More than 300 PhD theses are presented every year in the framework of 110 PhD programs. 31 of which have obtained the special Quality Award given by the Spanish Education Ministry. Lastly, its increasing research budget (over € 52 million) is an indicator of the scientific and technological capabilities of the University of Valencia.

The UCY aims to establish itself as a Pioneer Research Institution achieving International Scientific Recognition in European Higher Education, offering Competitive Programmes and to become a Centre of Excellence in the wider Euro – Mediterranean Region. The main objectives of the University are twofold: The promotion of scholarship and education through teaching and research, and the enhancement of the cultural, social and economic development of Cyprus. In this context, the University believes that education must provide more than simply accumulation of knowledge. It must also encourage students’ active participation in the process of learning and acquisition of those values necessary for responsible involvement in the community.

The UCY has formulated a Strategic Plan for its development in the period 2004- 2020. By the end of 2020 the UCY expects that a) the University campus will be fully operational; b) programmes of studies will be offered in nine faculties ; c) a total of 10,000 students will be enrolled (7500 undergraduate and 2500 postgraduate, a ratio of 3:1); d) to employ at least 1000 academic and 1000 administrative personnel.

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Phone Number: 0034 963828809

E-mail: juan.a.urena@uv.es

Website: www.uv.es

Address: Faculty of Law – Department of Administrative Law – Office 3F08  Avda Tarongers, s/n, 46022 Valencia

Sweden Emilia Romagna Network (SERN)

Sweden Emilia Romagna Network (SERN) is a non-profit organisation created between 2004 and 2005 with the aim of fostering cooperation between organisations from Italy and Sweden. It includes 60 members, most of which are local public bodies, collaborating in the fields of environment, local development, welfare policies, entrepreneurship, social inclusion and education.

SERN is composed by 6 bodies: the General Assembly, the participatory body of the organisation; the Executive Board, the highest body, made up of 22 members; the Chairman of the Board; the Secretariat, composed by a network coordinator and three project officers; a Presidium, formed by the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Board; and the Project Groups, formed by those members who decide to develop a project together within the framework of the thematic areas. The network promotes different forms of collaboration: 1. Exchange of information, experience, knowledge, best practices, staff exchanges, and learning partnerships; 2.Development of projects financed by its members; 3. Development of projects financed by external funds such as national and EU funding. Since 2018, the Network has also implemented a new activity which foresees an internal quality management system based on the peer review mechanism. Participating organisations benefit of feedbacks on their services, provided by people from other organisations and/or country working in the same services.

So far, SERN has implemented over 100 projects, most of them regarding the field of learning and education, but also in the field of energy and environment, local and regional development, social inclusion and migration and health and welfare.

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E-mail: ginevra.roli@sern.eu

Website: sern.eu

Contact Person:Ginevra ROLI

Address: Viale Martiri della Libertà 15, 43123 Parma, Italy

STORYTELLME

Storytellme works in the areas of digital literacy (literacy combined with entertainment, through the publishing of personalized books) and educational project management (creative concepts for non-formal education initiatives).

StoryTellme is established in the market of customizable digital editions of contents, giving an answer to the new challenges raised by the possibilities of the digital and web share technologies. StoryTellme gives an answer to the addressed Parents / Educators concerns as it integrates the digital appeal of interactivity and customization into children’s books with sensible stories and illustrations. And that leads to increased “replay-ability” of the reading experience.

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E-mail: info@storytellme.pt

Website: storytellme.eu

Contact Person: Teresa Valente

Centre for Social Innovation (CSI)

Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) is a Research and Development organization, which focuses on fostering social innovation that can bring about a positive change to local, national, regional and global contexts. CSI is working closely to address social, economic and cultural challenges with governments, local administrative agencies, non-for-profit agencies, commercial entities, and educational institutions.

We identify and address systemic challenges through evidence based research, state of the art investigation of global, national, regional and local solutions, developing solutions by taking into consideration the local ecosystem, cultural dynamics, meet the stakeholders needs and implementing those solutions as we keep constant vigilance to ensure continual feedback loop and team is composed of open-minded, fully equipped researchers, educators, social workers, social entrepreneurs, project managers, trainers and Information Technology Developers. CSI encompasses the capability and capacity to identify social needs, design and implement adjusted initiatives, and project and provide the fertile ground for sustainable growth.

The areas of expertise are in the fields of social justice, labor market, education and e-learning, social entrepreneurship, project management, project evaluation services, product validation, and training. adjustments. The feedback mechanisms and processes we employ allow us certainty in keeping in touch with our stakeholders and continually update our social solutions proposition.

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E-mail: info@csicy.com

Website: www.csicy.com

STIMMULI

STIMMULI is a social innovation research organisation working on projects focused on social impact. We design and develop new approaches, innovative projects, effective practices and tools to enhance social innovation. Our work aims at harnessing the power of collaboration between universities, nonprofits, social enterprises, businesses and governments, to address pressing societal challenges more effectively and on a wider scale. Our vision is to support people to become powerful catalysts for social change. To achieve that, we design and implement educational and empowerment projects that cultivate changemaking attitudes, inject entrepreneurial thinking and nudge behavioural shifts for more sustainable lifestyles. Our main activities are:

Learning design and assessment: STIMMULI designs inclusive educational programmes and curriculum for equipping learners of all educational levels (from primary and secondary to higher and adult level education) with 21st century competencies (social, civic and entrepreneurial), fostering knowledge, understanding and ownership of values and attitudes.

Training and capacity building: STIMMULI develops tailored made material and programmes and delivers training and capacity building activities to individuals and organisations with the aim to provide them with the required knowledge, skills and attitudes for strengthening a culture of continuous social innovation.

Social Research: STIMMULI carries out research on a variety of topics related to social innovation, education, (social) entrepreneurship and sustainable development by employing a mix of tools.

Project Management: Our team brings more than 10 years of experience in the coordination, management, financial monitoring and reporting of EU funded projects. Leveraging this experience STIMMULI has the capacity to design, develop and coordinate successful and impactful projects.

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E-mail: info@stimmuli.eu

Website: stimmuli.eu

The Cyprus Obsevatory on School Violence (C.O.S.V) of the Ministry of Education and Culture

The Observatory on School Violence operates under the co-ordination of the Pedagogical Institute. Among other things, the Observatory has awarded a national-level research to an academic, after an open call announcement. The aim of the research, which will be completed in 2023, is to collect quantitative and qualitative data about violence in education, from all schools of all levels in Cyprus.

Also, the O.S.V. has developed a National Strategy for Prevention and Management of School Violence. Its aim is to safeguard the right of all members of the school community to coexist in a safe and peaceful school environment. Several ministries, governmental and non-governmental organizations are involved in the Strategy’s action plan.

The O.S.V. organizes in service teachers’ training seminars on a school basis in order to empower educators and principals. The seminars are offered for nursery, primary or secondary education and cover issues of: a) Conflict prevention and management, b) Bullying prevention and management.

Moreover, a school network has been established and the participating schools receive training and support in preventing and handling challenging behavior by using Systemic tools.

The Observatory also cooperates with other governmental bodies in order to launch and facilitate an annual competition of good school practices in the field of Health Promotion, Active Citizenship and Prevention of School Violence. 7 schools are awarded each year.

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Folkuniversitetet

Folkuniversitetet (FU) is a national Adult Education Association which offers a wide range of VET and adult education training courses throughout Sweden and in several European countries. FU Uppsala has around 120 permanent employees including administrative staff and teachers. Around 300 employees are working on freelance bases. Through the cooperation with other FU offices in Sweden, FU-Uppsala has a national coverage. FU was registered in 1954 and is nowadays a leading organization in Sweden in Adult Education and Lifelong learning.

Specific expertise and social context:

FU-Uppsala has a long tradition of successfully introducing new teaching methods into adult education including the latest developments in ICT. FU-Uppsala offers both formal and non-formal education for public authorities, enterprises and individuals. FU organizes specific training programs and/or training courses for various disadvantaged target groups such as unemployed, low-skilled, immigrants, refugees, people with physical and mental disabilities, youth drop-outs and NEETS. The organization is focused on the development of interventions that addresses social issues for various disadvantaged target groups in order to promote social/labour market inclusion. Totally, we organize and implement above 67000 hours of formal and non-formal training for various groups per year with a main focus in youth.

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Phone Number: +46704541464

E-mail: anastasiia.tsaruk@folkuniversitetet.se

Website: www.folkuniversitetet.se

Contact Person: Anastasiia Tsaruk

Address: BERGSBRUNNAGATAN 1 UPPSALA SWEDEN

The Commissioner for Children’s Rights, Cyprus

 The Commissioner for Children’s Rights is an independent National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) established by the Commissioner of the Rights of the Child Laws 2007 and 2014 [Laws 74(I)/2007), 44(I)/2014] and governed by the Paris Principles of the independent human rights bodies, in order to monitor the respect and protection of the rights of the child in the Republic of Cyprus. The Commissioner’s mission is to protect and promote the rights of the child, to represent children and their interest at all levels, to promote public awareness and sensitivity so that children’s rights in the family, at school and in the community be safeguarded, to identify and promote the views of children, to monitor legislation relating to children and to submit proposals aiming at harmonisation with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, to carry out public awareness campaigns and to represent children in judicial proceedings. To carry out her competences the Commissioner:

  • meets and talks with children in multiple settings
  • provides information on the rights of the child through various means
  • cooperates with public bodies, NGOs, international bodies engaged with the protection and promotion of the rights of the child
  • follows the course of the investigation of complaints by other authorities and evaluates their outcome concerning violations of children’s rights
  • cooperates with equivalent bodies and authorities of other states with regards to issues relating to the exercise of her competences
  • studies complaints submitted by citizens with the aim of evaluating the existing legislation, policies, procedures and practices on whether these violate the rights of the child.

Contact Details:

www.childcom.org.cy

Email: childcom@ccr.gov.cy

Tel.: +357 22873200

Fax: +357 22872365

Address: Corner of Apelli and Pavlou Nirvana Strs., 1496 Nicosia, Cyprus