What is recorded by a small non-governmental (grass-roots) organization as a significant event?

The most important events for a non-governmental organizations are the granted and realized large, long-term projects; recognition at national and international level in the form of involvement of our organization in European educations or networks, or invitations to important conferences as well as opportunities to present our work at some meeting or get involved in coordinated actions of civil initiatives and contribute to them. Only some examples of such events are mentioned here, and we divided them in three categories:

I.

  1. In the period from 1995 till 2001, the mali korak gained trust and funding from the UNICEF for the implementation of the project "Peaceful conflict resolution in school" in war devastated areas of Croatia, and later in areas of two-way return of refugees and displaced persons. During this time, around 90 primary schools, 3700 children from 7 to 14 years of age, and 331 teachers were involved in this project.

  2. From 1998 to 2002, the mali korak implemented this same program in the primary schools of Bihać and Bosanska Krupa, at the invitation of the Danish Red Cross. Program involved 2300 pupils, 169 teachers and 485 parents (in 27 parent groups), under the supervision of 27 teachers. On July 8th 2003, the evaluation report designed according to approved international standards was handed in to Inger Aggar, an expert for the evaluation of psychosocial programs in the Balkans.

  3. From 2001 to 2004, the Governmental Office for civil initiatives funded a 3-year project "Non-violent conflict resolution for children and young people" implemented by the mali korak in primary and secondary schools throughout Croatia.


II.

  1. In 1996, at the international conference of the Education Committee of the Council of Europe in Dubrovnik (on "Cultural differences, conflict and cooperation ") – Maja Uzelac presented a lecture ‘’Peace education’’ in a plenary section, representing the non-governmental sector.

  2. In 1996, Maja Uzelac was invited to participate in an international training team as a leader and facilitator of an extensive international seminar “Conflict and communication" for educators from high schools and universities of Central and Eastern Europe that took place in Budapest.

  3. In 1997, Maja Uzelac was invited to represent ‘’Mali korak’’ at the American national conference on conflict resolution in Pittsburgh (topic "Can we from ex-Yugoslavia do something more?").

  4. From 7th till 12th November 2000, the organization was, due to its many years of work in education for children’s and human rights, invited to actively participate in the Forum on education for human rights of the Council of Europe in Budapest by leading a working group on "Conflict resolution and peace building".

  5. In November 2001 Maja Uzelac presented the work and main projects of the mali korak at the congress on "Peace education in Europe" at the University of Klagenfurt.


III.

  1. In April/May 2002,  Maja Uzelac, together with dr. Otto Feinstein as the course director, organized the participation of Croatian theoreticians and practitioners in the course on "Globalization and the Politics of Inclusion: Civic Literacy and Civic Education" at the IUC in Dubrovnik. She held a lecture on "Civic education and liberation pedagogy ".

  2. In May 2000, and January and July 2001, as well as May 2002, the mali korak participated through its two representatives at preparatory and final sessions for the Special UN Conference on children. At the same time, it got invited by dr. Betty Reardon from the Columbia University to present its programs and activities to the students and professors from the Department of peace studies as a non-governmental organization working on peace education.

  3. Maja Uzelac as a representative of non-governmental organization mali korak, was honored by an opportunity to speak on children’s rights to peaceful life. On May 10th 2002, she was one of 8 guest speakers from the civil sector worldwide at the Special Conference of UN General Assembly on Children held in New York . She had her 5 minutes – as the last speaker on the last day of the session, just before the final document was accepted ("World as the children need it").

  1. Lisbon: on June 12th 2003, Maja Uzelac, at the invitation of the Psychology department of the UNIVERZIDADE LUSOFONO, lectured on the "Program of peace education in Croatia" accompanied by the screening of the movie made by the "Mali korak": Peer Mediators.

  2. From 25th to 29th July in Antwerpen, Belgium: the mali korak became a member of the DARE – a large international network of organizations that are primarily active in education for democratic citizenship and human rights. At the inaugural meeting, Maja Uzelac was elected a member of the Management board.

  3. In Dubrovnik, in September/October 2003, the mali korak cooperated entirely voluntarily in organizing the international youth seminar "New wave – youth vision". Asima Selaković, Jagoda Tonšić Krema and Maja Uzelac held workshops and presentations as a part of the session "Teachers of new wave".

  4. In Soesterberg in the Netherlands, from 13th to 15th September 2003, there was the international conference with workshops and lectures on "Conflict Resolution in Schools". The Ministry of education and sport of the Republic of Croatia for the first time sent a representative of one non-governmental organization that deals with conflicts in schools at an expert meeting abroad. On this occasion, the mali korak achieved valuable exchange of experiences and information (books) with prominent authors of books and new program models (Richard Cohen, Elee Keen, Anke Kooke).

  5. On October 25th 2003, there was a round table/CONFERENCE "Dilemmas on education for democracy" that was organized by the mali korak in cooperation with the Heinrich Boell Stiftung. It involved 16 experts, teachers, university professors, public workers, and activists. Also there were 45 other participants, mostly secondary school teachers.

  6. In January 2004, the book with all the lectures and discussions from the conference was published.

  7. On December 17th, a public discussion on the Shadow report for the Human Rights Committee in Geneva took place at the Center for human rights in Zagreb. The mali korak is one of three NGOs that wrote the Shadow report of the non-governmental organizations on the Second governmental report on the situation of children and young people in Croatia. The mali korak was specifically focused on the issue of education, and it presented its part of the report on June 7th 2004 through its representative to the Human Rights Committee in Geneva.

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