A project advising Hungarian law enforcement agencies on handling hate crimes and promoting Roma in law enforcement was launched in November in Hungary with support from the EEA and Norway Grants.
About 20 teachers and community workers dealing with children of preschool age from socially disadvantaged communities were introduced to the Norwegian teaching methodology "Grunnlaget" (in English "Foundation") during a seminar held in Bratislava at the end of September 2014. The methodology focuses on enhancing cognitive functions of children with learning difficulties.
It has been around twenty years since the break-up of Yugoslavia, yet the national communities of former Yugoslavia do not have an official minority group status which would provide them with specific collective rights. Instead they have to deal with factors that hinder their proactive participation in public life. To improve the situation for these groups, a Slovenian organisation is using innovative theater methods to mobilise the society. The project is funded by the EEA Grants and the NGO Programme in Slovenia.
Every day, unaccompanied minors arrive in Greece, mainly from Afghanistan and Syria. Irregular entry into Greece, especially through the islands of the Eastern Aegean, has recently witnessed a dramatic upsurge, making 2014 a record year. NGO METAction, Action for Migration and Development from Greece and Vergeforeningen Følgesvennen from Norway have now teamed up to cover a gap in the provision of services to unaccompanied minors. Through this project, they want to prepare the ground for establishing an effective system for the guardianship of these minors.
"You need to see how another life is possible in order to know what to strive for," concluded one participant after a study trip to Norway for people with intellectual disabilities to see how Norwegians with intellectual disabilities live, work and are integrated in civil, social and political processes. This project and others were presented in Riga during a seminar dedicated to bilateral cooperation.
A Lithuanian LGBT organisation was recently in Oslo to learn more from their Norwegian counterpartner on what kind of services they offer for young people. The visit was funded by the EEA Grants.
Studies carried out by the Council of Europe show that three fourths of the Internet users experienced hate speech. This also affects students. The web is their natural environment – over 90% of teenagers are registered on at least one social media site, whereas 68% of them spend 2-3 hours a day online. No one should feel attacked or insulted because of their ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, sexual orientation and gender identity. This project aims to enable students to recognise hate speech and respond to it in the right manner.
The Norwegian organisation Frambu Resource Centre for Rare Disorders has for nearly two years cooperated with Rarissimas, an organisation for rare diseases in Portugal. The cooperation is funded by the EEA Grants, and an important task has been to contribute to the start-up of a centre for rare diseases in Portugal.
The Romanian association Pro Refugiu is currently implementing a project to improve services for victims of human trafficking.To support with this project, Pro Refugiu has found allies both in Norway and Romania, including Pro Sentret Norway. Recently, they launched a report which describes the situation of human trafficking and the services offered to victims in both Romania and Norway.