Local development and inclusion
Programme grant: € 15,000,000 - Norwegian Financial Mechanism
€ 1,588,236 - State budget of the SR
Programme Operator: Government Office of the Slovak Republic
International Partner Organisation: Council of Europe
The programme shall contribute to fostering local development and to reducing poverty, with a strong focus on vulnerable groups at high risk of exclusion, such as Roma. It shall implement cost-efficient and sustainable measures that integrate education, housing, employment and health components. Establishing multi-functional youth centers, 11 targeted at vulnerable children and youth, in the least developed regions of Slovakia shall be further explored during the development of the concept note, as well as the cooperation of the centers with mediators from Roma communities. In addition, pre-defined projects in the following areas shall be considered: building on and scaling up the project “Creation of an accredited programme of innovative education for teaching staff of primary schools to increase their intercultural competence in the educational process of Roma pupils”, implemented by the National Institute of Pedagogy, supported by the SK04 programme of the EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014, as well as new initiatives on inclusive education and on the process of diagnosing and re-diagnosing children with special educational needs. Cooperation with Norwegian entities at project level shall be encouraged, including, but not restricted to considering partnerships with the European Wergeland Centre and the Nansen Centre for Peace and Dialogue.