Current best practices

AuthorKogovsek Salamon, Neza
The Hand in hand for assistance project (Z roko v roki poMOČ) is being implemented
between 2017 and 2021. The project encourages inclusive education and equal
opportunities for all children with special needs. The project offers training programmes
for teachers aimed at fostering positive attitudes towards children with special needs,
and is based on professional values , not just knowledge and skills. Training topics include
recognising the needs of children with sp ecial needs, communication wit h parents, team
work, curiosity, critical thinking, flexibility and the sense of responsibility. The
coordinating p artner is Centre IRIS the C entre for Education, Rehabilitation, Inclusion
and Counselling for the Blind and Partially Sighted; seven centres responsible for the
education of children with sensory impairments, intellectual disabilities and physical
disabilities are project partners.196
The Institute of Ethnic Studies in Slovenia is carrying out a research project entitled
Inclusion of Roma in secondary schools, higher education and adult education: The
factors encouraging an d hindering the Roma community in the educational system in
Slovenia after the completion of elementary school (Vključenost Romov v srednješolsko
in visokošolsko izobraževanje ter izobraževanje odraslih: dejavniki spodbud in ovir, s
katerimi se soočajo pripadniki romske skupnosti v izobraževalnem sistemu v Sloveniji po
končani osnovni šoli). The starting point for the project is the fact that, i n Slovenia, the
level of education of Roma pe ople is low (most of them do not complete elementary
school), and there are no assistance prog rammes for Roma at secondary or higher levels.
The goals of the p roject are to provide data on the inclusion of Roma people in
secondary, higher and adult education; to identify factors th at influence their inclusion in
educational programmes; to identify the main obstacles hindering their inclusion; to
obtain data on the attitudes of educational institutions towards the Roma community;
and to obtain data on attitudes among the Roma population towards these educational
In 2019 the ZaVse/4All non-discrimination project began. The aim of the project is to
raise awareness of and address problems in the field of equal opportunities and
discrimination against vulnerable groups. It recognises that the groups most affected by
discrimination include vulnerable groups such as Roma, people with same-sex sexual
orientation, refugees, socially d eprived people and people with disabilities. The g oals of
the project are t o improve awareness am ong non-governmental organisations about the
meaning of equality and how to strengthen it, to improve understanding of
discrimination, to improve awareness on how to tackle discrimination and to improve
awareness of the opportunities to provide the most vulnerable groups in Slovenia with
protection against discriminat ion. This is being done through public events, w orkshops
and training. The project is being implemented by the Association of Providers of
Vocational Rehabilitation in the Republic of Slovenia (Združenje izvajalcev zaposlitvene
rehabilitacije v Republiki Slovenije) in cooperation with two partners. The project is
funded by the European Union (European Social Fund) and by the Ministry of Labour,
Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities.198
One of th e few legal p rojects taking place is a project entitled Legal avenues ensuring
protection f rom discrimi nation (with a special focus on lawyers) (Pravne poti
zagotavljanja varstva p red diskriminacijo (s posebnim ozirom na vlogo odvetnika))
(2017-2020). The p roject addresses the effectiveness of l egal pr otection from
discrimination. It aims to produce an analysis of socio-legal issues encountered by
lawyers and victims of discrimination when looking for appropriate venues for legal
protection, a protocol for lawyers when using legal remedies for protection against
discrimination, and a brochure for non-legal professionals. The inten ded outcome is to
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