NGO Slovak Centre for Communication and Development (SCCD) is non-profit, non partisan and non religious organization that focuses on beneficial services in the area of creation, preservation, revival and presentation of spiritual and cultural values as well as in area of research, development of scientific, technical and information services. It was founded on April 15, 2005.
Currently, it is primarily oriented on two areas – global education and development assistance. Since 2008, SCCD is a member of regional network KARAT Coalition and since 2009, a member of the history network of young Europeans, EUSTORY AISBL. At the same time it acts as an observer at Slovak NGDO Platform and it runs the first public library oriented on global issues – Information Centre of Global Education.
Goals of the organization
From the very beginning SCCD has been oriented on common regional projects, mainly in the area of development policy, either in the frame of global education or development assistance. SCCD is trying to involve various educational institutions into this process, as well as other relevant partners in Slovakia and abroad and, thereby, to stimulate and support the idea of world citizenship.
In the area of development assistance, SCCD is trying to involve Slovak subjects to expand the possibilities for the development assistance in the countries towards the East – former republics of the Soviet block.
Principal initiated/implemented projects in the field of global education
- Establishment of the institutional capacity and empowerment of the cross-boarder cooperation in the area of sustainable development, SCCD pilot project, co-financed by Community Initiative INTERREG III Austria – Slovak Republic which has been implemented December 2005 – May 2006.
- GERC_net – Network of Global Education Resource Centres (GERC) in Central Europe is the project connected with global education. It was approved in September 2008 in the frame of European Commission Programme Grundtvig. The project started in December, 2008. Südwind Agentur was a lead partner from Austria, the others in addition to SCCD, were the following: Anthropolis Association from Hungary and Humanitas from Slovenia. As one of the project goals, we have opened a specialized public library called Information Centre on Global Education. The project ended successfully in November, 2010.
- Central European Network for Global Responsibility is 3 year project implemented in the frame of EuropeAid Programme, bringing together organisations and multipliers from four Central European countries: Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia – the same consortium as in the project mentioned above. Its objective is further strengthening the implementation of Global Education in the countries by building up common capacity and supporting structures for Global Education activities. We have started with implementation in March, 2011 and the project will be finished in February, 2014.
- EUSTORY is an annual competition on modern history for high school students. Its main objective is to promote mutual understanding and tolerance among young Europeans through knowledge of the history of their country, as well as the history of other European countries. EUSTORY Association was founded in 2001, and by far it includes members from 24 European countries. Until now there have been more than 90 000 young people from different countries of Europe involved. SCCD, who is a member of the Association since 2009 and is responsible for the realization of the competition in Slovakia, decided to connect historical issues with these global themes, e.g. multicultural coexistence during modern Slovak history.
- The Global Education across the Borders – Grundtvig Learning Partnerships Project was designed to enrich and complement the GERC_net project by an increased share of experiences.
- Criss-Cross the Media World – an educational project funded by the Orange Foundation. Its outcomes included a set of school workshops which were organized and published the workshop manual Think Critically on Media. It was aimed toward raising awareness of youth regarding media and its influence and possible manipulations. It was implemented during the second half of 2011.
- How to read and write newspapers – an educational project funded by Telekom Fundation aimed toward raising journalistic skills and critical analysis competences among young people. Its outcomes included organizing nine school workshops and three field workshops with environmental background as well as producing one issue of pedagogical periodical Ďalekohľad (Binocular in English) distributed to all schools in Slovakia. We organized it together with Centre of Environmental Activities, which runs the international programme Young Reporters for the Environment.
Principal initiated/implemented projects in the field of development assistance:
- Development assistance project Best Family Friendly Enterprise was implemented in Ukraine in 2008. SCCD played the main role in this project; its local partner was Women’s Prospects with headquarters in Kiev. It was implemented within the frame of the official Slovak development assistance (SlovakAid) and was successfully finished at the end of July, 2009.
- The project Through their Eyes, through Ours: Raising public awareness about development problems faced by women from developing countries from EU Eastern Neighborhood, Balkans and Central Asia. Its main applicant was Karat Coalition, a net of non-governmental women’s organisations with the headquarters in Poland. Along with SCCD, there were two partner organisations – WOMNET from Germany and WIDE from Belgium. Local partners were represented by Gender Media Caucasus Journalists Association from Georgia and Permaculture and Peace-building Center Ppc Shipt from Macedonia. As a part of this project we have organized an exhibition of photographs and have published a book.
- Development assistance project UZGEN RICE – Strategy of poverty reduction and development of small entrepreneurship through the support of traditional agriculture in southern Kyrgyzstan was financed within the frame of official development policy of Slovak Republic, and is implemented in Kyrgyz Republic in Central Asia. SCCD plays the main role in the project; its local partner is Kyrgyz non-governmental organization PANGEA with headquarters in Bishkek. Other involved experts come from the Institute of Plant Production Research in Pieštany (Slovakia) and from the State University of Osh (Kyrgyz republic). Implementation started in the beginning of 2010. The base of development assistance effort is to improve the condition of agricultural population in the region of southern Kyrgyzstan.
Seibert, A.; Pintera, E.; Ich očami: Obraz ekonomickej situácie žien v rozvojových krajinách východnej Európy, Balkánu, Zakaukazska a strednej Ázie; Slovenské centrum pre komunikáciu a rozvoj, n.o.; Bratislava 2009; Slovak language; ISBN 83 – 919601 – 8 – 8
Zuzana Jezerská (ed.); Best Family Friendly Enterprise: Information on Development Project; Slovenské centrum pre komunikáciu a rozvoj, n.o.; Bratislava 2009; English/Ukrainian/Slovak language; ISBN 978 – 80 – 970163 – 0 – 2
Green, B.; Střelcová, V. (ed.): Klimatické zmeny a environmentálna politika v Európskej únii: problémy, riešenia a reflexie; Slovenské centrum pre komunikáciu a rozvoj, n.o.; Bratislava 2010; Slovak language; ISBN: 978 – 80 – 970163 – 1 – 9
Kronegger, S.; Mrak, K.; Suša, R.: Príručka globálneho občianstva: môžeš so mnou počítať; Slovenské centrum pre komunikáciu a rozvoj, n.o.; Bratislava 2010; Slovak language; ISBN: 978 – 80 – 970163 – 2 – 6
Filo, J.; Ivanič, P.; Luppová, S.: Myslime kriticky o médiách; Slovenské centrum pre komunikáciu a rozvoj, n.o.; Bratislava 2010; Slovak language; ISBN: 978 – 80 – 970163 – 2 – 6
CONNECT! Policy Papers; Slovenské centrum pre komunikáciu a rozvoj, n.o.; Bratislava 2010; English and Slovak language
In addition to the aforementioned projects, SCCD is publishing books with global themes, organizing public events such as exhibitions, providing internships for students preferably from the developing countries, and is assisting the management and planning of Information Centre on Global Education in Slovakia.