Campaign Report EDUCIVIS c.a. SLOVAKIA

logoProject Homo Europeanus – Overcoming the “Knowledge Deficit

Grant Decision 2015 – 0957 / 001 – 001

With the support of the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union

Campaign Report


About us

EDUCIVIS, c.a. (Education for Civil Society) is small non-governmental & non-profit civic association aimed at encouraging non-political, cultural and educational objectives leading to the formation of civil society and strengthening democratic society. Its aim is to bring together and support young people and youth workers – teachers, trainers and tutors in schools, clubs and centers for leisure time through training in formal and non-formal education activities, particularly international projects that contribute to the development of active citizenship and strengthen civic participation.

EDUCIVIS was founded in 2011 thanks to effort and enthusiasm of teachers and students from Department of Civic & Ethic Education at Faculty of Education Comenius University in Bratislava. Nowadays our organization has had members with the large experience from previous work in the field of implementation of several projects of international cooperation, organization and realization of educational and other activities. Their skills and knowledge are a presumption for successful project work. cr1     Campaign Summary  

  • Day of EUROPE AT SCHOOL in Slovakia
  • Teachers´ conference: Dimension of Citizenship and Education
  • 5th May 2016, IUVENTA, Slovak Institure for Youth, Bratislava
  •  Winners awards of 63rd year of EUROPE AT SCHOOL  international project /competition
  • 9th May 2016, IUVENTA, Slovak Institure for Youth, Bratislava
  • Scientific International conference. Formation of Identity within Time and Space.
  • 23rd September 2016, Faculty of Education Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia

     Aims of the Project Homo Europeanus Campaign

  •  To arise the knowledge about common European values via international project /competition EUROPE AT SCHOOL.
  •  To arise the knowledge about EU, European citizenship,  Europaen Years, etc.
  •  To arise the knowledge about EU – to explain idea of Multiculturalism, Tolerance, Inetrcultural Relationship, European and International orientation in Education, Global Citizenship
  • To introduce EU programs and possibilities for youth in the field of education and career development.

      Introduction and Theoretical Basis of Homo Europeanus Campaign

 Population trends of last decades shows that live in Europe means live in multicultural society.  Learning about us and knowing one another through virtual and real contacts should be a basis for life in an intercultural society that is just rising in the 21st century Europe. A long-term goal should be an effort to transform multicultural society into an inter-cultural one. A complex and a long term transformation process demands cooperation, tolerance, exchange of information and solidarity from all society components, encouraging them to be open, communicative and responsive. Education and upbringing are parts of this process.Consequences of political changes done in Europe at latest 80th in 20th century as well as an influence of nowadays globalization trends has changed the function of learning and education on our continent. Education in general obtain more important role – its governing of moral sphere has been enlarged.

Education and learning are values which have kept on highest level during whole history of European civilization. They are resounds again as wide European problem. About knowledge-based economy, knowledge-based society, about active citizenship and about education as way how to rich these goals we can ready in official papers   of European Commission.  Education for democratic citizenship through education is main agenda of Council of Europe.

Education is pointed by many transnational organizations in their papers as well f.e. EU, UNESCO etc. They would like to aware of young generation for their responsibility for future of our world, to sensibilised them for problems of poverty and inequality in the world. As result of those trying we can observe new topics in official state education policies as well as in new subjects or cross curriculum topics at national curriculum at schools: multicultural education, intercultural education, global development education, education for democratic citizenship etc.Learning and education are indispensable premise of this process.

To four well known function of education such:

  •   Economic = education for qualification purposes
  •   Social = education for democratization and emancipation
  •   Cultural = education for the access to the heritage of values
  •   Pedagogical = education for development of individual
  •   +    We should add another very clear function 
  •   Education for the purpose of supporting tolerance and common understanding, for removing barriers of prejudice in setting up new contacts, etc.

Of course, this last one should be understood as global one which should cross over the European borders.

 Overview of the main activities  

 5th May 2016

  •  Day of EUROPE AT SCHOOL in Slovakia 
  •  Teachers conference: Dimension of Citizenship and Education (as a part of Homo Europeanus Project). IUVENTA, Slovak Institure for Youth, Bratislava

                                       Medzinárodná konferencia v cykle Výchova k občianskej spoločnosti

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                                                        DIMENZIE OBČIANSTVA A VÝCHOVA

                                                                 Bratislava, IUVENTA   5. máj 2016

   Openning of the conference                                      We are working…

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 After the conference…


The program of the conference you can see in the enclosure of this documents.

 9th May 2016

  • Winners awards of  63rd year of EUROPE AT SCHOOL  international project/competition
  • IUVENTA, Slovak Institure for Youth, Bratislava

                P O Z V Á N K A

 na slávnostné stretnutie a odovzdávanie ocenení víťazom 63. ročníka medzinárodného projektu EURÓPA V ŠKOLE  2016, ktoré sa uskutoční

dňa 9. mája 2016  v priestoroch IUVENTY v  Bratislave

International project EUROPE AT SCHOOL running since 1953 in 36 countries of Europe. Slovakia joined this project since 1992.

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EUROPE AT SCHOOL has developed under the patronage of:

  •  Council of Europe
  •  European Parliament
  •  European Commission
  •  National Ministries of Education

 Target groups:    Youth at the age   15 – 19 and  19 – 25

For all age categories of children and youth

  • In elementary schools – state, private, denominational, art or special
  • In high schools – state, private, denominational, art or special
  • In professional schools – state, private or denominational
  • In school’s clubs – state, private or denominational
  • In centres of free time – state, private or denominational

For the whole scale of educational and learning subjects and free-time activities

  • Literary works
  • Creative writing
  • Plays and quizzes
  • Art works
  • Drama
  • Multimedia projects
  • Other artistic activities
  • Individual work
  • Collective work
  • All-school projects

In school year 2015 – 2016 project has celebrated 63rd anniversary in Europe.

Motto of 63rd year of project EUROPE AT SCHOOL: 

“Live Together in Peace”.

It was contribution of EUROPE AT SCHOOL for European Year against Violence towards Women, which was announced by EC for year 2016.

More information about international project EUROPE AT SCHOOL you can find out in enclosure of this document as well as on official website:

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Some of participants – winners                                                          Another awarded teacher

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Two of awarded participants                                                            Student and teacher                                                              cr13                 cr10                                                   


23rd September 2016

  •  Scientific International conference: Formation of Identity within Time and Space.
  •  Faculty of Education Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia

                 Formovanie identity v čase  priestore



Participants of the conference


The program of the conference you can see in the enclosure of this documents.

 Target groups  of the campain

 We wehe working with the youth at the age   15 – 19 and 19 – 25 and with the teachers from different levels and kind of schools.


The fact that Europe has become a strong internationalized economic zone, migration crossroad and transforming geographic unit at the same time means that the European school needs to do more – not just educating the youth based on traditions of individual region. 

 Young European generation should be educated so that

  • They would be able fluently speak several languages
  • Become prepared to move in Europe and in the world
  • Preserve their own national and regional identity

 It means there arise something we can named as new moral basic for future existing of Europeans. Students at school except own national culture should know (by school initiative) many other Europeans cultures, they should be are aware about minorities cultures and about new multiethnic communities. By this way they learn how important is to respect differences and how to live in atmosphere of pluralism in open society. Variety of national cultures and jointly accepted diversity could become in the future the strong points of future European identity. Although we face continuing violence, sings of xenophobia, racism and intolerance in almost every European country, this does not imply that such values prevail on the common ethical scale.

 New mission of the school in the field of education is natural reaction on the problems which exists in multinational and multilinguistic societies of Europe. Democratic and humanistic traditions of our old continent order us to keep democratic principles in environment of plurality of cultures, respect diversity of values and traditions.

 It is why we need European and Global dimension in the learning and citizenship education.


  • Education is here to remind us of joint roots which over hundreds of years created a diverse Europe
  • This is exactly the education that is capable of correcting the other extremism – a one-sided Eurocentric view on the world’s history

Main communication tools

1.     EDUCIVIS website

2.     EUROPE AT SCHOOL  website

3.     Facebook for photos and documents

4.     Information Leaflet of EUROPE AT SCHOOL

5.      Posters  and Leaflets of Homo Europeanus project during info days




Report for Winning the Game! project.

logo-wtg-docIn between June and October of 2016, 120 participants from 9 different European countries – Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Poland, Spain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Croatia came together with a cause to create more awareness towards employability and stimulation of entrepreneurial thinking through the Erasmus+ financed project called Winning the Game! The project itself consisted out of three main activities: Advanced Planning Visit (APV), first and second Youth Exchange.

The APV meeting, which took place in city of Slavonski Brod on 1st and 2nd of June, 2016, brought together 9 youth leaders and 9 youngsters from each partner country. During the meeting participants, all together, defined the needs and shared background information about the national groups they are representing. Furthermore, they discussed the situation connected with entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship and measures that are supposed to increase the employability of youth in each country.

Afterwards, participants used previously shared information in order to create the final program for the first exchange under supervision and coordination of the group leaders and looked for possible projects which can be done in the partner organization during the interim period.

What is more, the leaders of the partner organizations divided tasks and responsibilities for implementation of the following Youth exchanges among themselves. This was a perfect learning opportunity since the meeting brought the leaders of the organizations, but also the youngsters which did not know a lot about the planning and implementation of the project activities.

1st Youth Exchange also took place in Slavonski Brod, from 18th till 26th of June, 2016. Main aim of the first exchange was to equip and motivate young people with fewer opportunities to take iskupinka-wtgnitiative and chase their own idea with the help of practical information, skills and knowledge acquired through the seminar. Therefore, the exchanged combined frontal, group and individual work. Through the workshops, participants could learn what is social entrepreneurship and how to gain the necessary skills for becoming an entrepreneur. They also performed different simulation games in order to experience and understand the current labor market and employment situation in Europe. Participants could also learn how to successfully fulfill and submit the project application and, in this way, provide jobs for themselves and other youngsters.

Once they received enough theoretical information about the project, labor market, entrepreneurship and strategic planning it was time to put that in practice. As the most difficult task, participants needed to organize a one day project by themselves – they needed to plan activity, think of the possible ways to earn the funds, implement the activity and present the report afterwards. All of them were pretty much successful, so city of Slavonski Brod was richer for 6 new events.


For the interim period, every partner organization engaged participants from the first exchange to create and implement activity for the youngsters with the topic of social entrepreneurship. This events, beside they raised the awareness regarding entrepreneurship, helped into preparing participants for the second exchange.

2nd Youth Exchange implemented under “Winning the Game!” project took place in city of Zadar, Croatia from 01st – 09th of September 2016. Another group of 45 international participants arrived iws3-wtgn city of Zadar with aim to learn more about project management, resource finding, sustainability and basic principles of social entrepreneurship, but not only this – since this was the second exchange, one of their main goals was to create materials which can help other youngsters into bettering their future.

After participants gained some practical information about social entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship in general, they developed 15 main steps or guidelines which can help anyone into becoming social entrepreneur from ground zero. The steps participants created were collected into the manual named “How to become more entrepreneurial”. The manual is available at this link.

veseli-wtgBut, they did not only produce the manual – they also filmed, arranged and presented 15 video tutorials with detailed explanation for every step. The tutorials on “How to become more entrepreneurial” are available at this link.

Next thing ahead was to investigate how innovative regional entrepreneurs of Zadar county work and how they arrange their marketing and communication strategies. Due to this task, participants visited 8 different entrepreneurs – each unique in its own way and produced the documentaries with all of the findings they managed to learn. The documentaries with the topic of entrepreneurship were created and collected into this list.


For the closure, we would like to thank to all of the partner organizations – Centar za edukaciju mladih, Bosnia and Herzegovina; European Information Centre, Bulgaria; Change it!, Czech Republic; MHD UMKA Skopje, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; Stowarzyszenie Edukacji Pozaformalnej “Meritum”, Poland; EDUCIVIS, Slovakia; PROMOCION EDUCATIVA SOCIEDAD COOPERATIVA, Spain; Konya Metropolitan Municipality Kilicarslan Youth Center, Turkey and Europe House Slavonski Brod, Croatia.


Boost Your Employability! (BYE!)
PROGRAM: Erasmus +
ACTION TYPE: Youth mobility
PERIOD: 12th October  till 20th October 2015
VENUE: Zadar, Croatia


39 young people and 9 leaders from nine countries are invited to participate: Turkey, Croatia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Slovakia, Spain, Poland, Czech Repulic and BiH.

Each parnter organization will send 4  participants  + 1 leader (5 persons total).

The Croatian group will have 7 participants and 1 leader.


The youth exchange BYE – Boost Your Employability! was developed in order to create more awareness towards employability and how to become more entrepreneurial in finding job opportunities and filling in the life. The project is designed to find possibilities and to create more opportunities and insight for the young participants regarding their education, leisure time, volunteering and future career. The activity will last for 8 days in Youth Hostel Zadar, Croatia.

Participants will be working on the theme ‘entrepreneurship’ based on experiential and non-formal learning, using the tools: video, photography, role play activities and simulation games.

The priority of the exchange is to create awareness about the own possibilities concerning entrepreneurship, what the options and possibilities are and what they can gain for themselves..


Homo Europeanus

TITLE: Homo Europeanus – Overcoming the Knowledge Deficit

FOUNDING PROGRAM: Europe for Citizen 2014-2020
SUB-PROGRAMME: Democratic engagement and civic participation
ACTION: 2.3: Civil Society Projects
PERIOD: 1st of September 2015 to the 31st of December 2016



The project’s overall objective is spreading more knowledge about EU particularly in the context of the economic crisis, a general rise in antiimmigrant sentiment and xenophobia – to citizens of the member states and EU candidate countries, in order to overcome democratic deficit.


  • to increase the motivation and build the citizens capacities and competences from current and potential MSs to participate actively in building future Europe.
  • to enhance the interactive relation between citizens and institution, encouraging a bottom up approach to allow citizens to express their views on the EU – on what they perceive to be the EU urgent issues relevant to the development of Europe.
  • to encourage citizens to use exited democratic instruments and to develop innovative one.
  • to enhance participation in debate to build the capacity of civil society organizations.
  • to foster European citizenship and ownership of the Europe.

The action will be implemented by 14 NGOs from 9 MSs (Bulgaria, Italy, Poland, Spain, Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Latvia), and 3 CC (Serbia, Montenegro, FYROM).

During 16 months project events will involve 500 direct participants and numerous wider local public who will overcome the “knowledge deficit” and gain better understanding about EU – necessary ground for their more active involvement in creating future Europe.

KICK OFF MEETING  Homo Europeanus – Overcoming the “Knowledge Deficit”

 Hotel DRUŽBA, Botanická 25, Bratislava, Slovakia       08/10/2015 – 10/10/2015 

Partner organizations have met in Bratislava to define the objectives of and the strategies for the implementations of the activities, and the process to be followed throughout the project.

Students debete about the future in our common Europe.

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Results of Main Events  – Public Agoras as the Part of International

Project   Homo Europeanus – Overcoming the ,,Knowlenge Deficit”

Topic of 1. Public Agora:    Global & European Dimension in the Education

08.03.2016 Faculty of Education Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia

Within the frame of Homo Europeanus project we had quite an unusual lecture held by Johanna Lampinen from Finland. Johanna with her 20 years of experience gives lectures at University of Oulu and she focuses on global education. During the lecture, we all could see and feel her self-confidence and very positive attitude thanks to which everyone became curious about her speech. She gave us much information about how to be a good teacher and what qualities a good teacher should have. She was asking questions and giving us clues so that we could find out the correct answer on our own. Johanna included several examples from her foreign teaching experience. She was teaching not only in her hometown, but also in Africa or Asia. Such experience gave her chance to see different cultures; the way they learn and perceive actual global problems. One of the examples she gave us from teaching in Africa was about drama lessons. Johanna could see via drama activities various attitudes of children towards teachers. It was really interesting to hear. Apart from discussion and lecture we also played game connected with several global problems. We were divided into two groups and we had to agree on the most alarming one. It was not easy to agree but this was also the purpose – to lead dialogues and make decisions together. During the whole time we all could see Johanna´s active and very zealous attitude towards global problems edification. It was truly motivating and encouraging lecture.


  • Participants profile: university students and departments staff
  • Location: Comenius University in Bratislava
  • Methodology: lecture and discussion
  • Evaluation: According to participants´ feedback, the event was well-organized and the lecture and the discussion were useful for them.
  • Conclusions and recommendations: The event was fruitful and successful.

Photos File: Agora  1

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Topic Public Agora 2:  Slovak Republic 2016 – Presidency of the Council of European Union

16.03.2016   Faculty of Education Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia           

On this event we had a session with one of the members of Slovak parliament Ľuboš Blaho who has studied at our university. It was obvious that he enjoyed the time back at the school where he spent few years of his life. We were discussing Slovak presidency of the Council of European Union in the second half of 2016. He highlighted the importance of this presidency and what it means for us as members of European Union. We had extraordinary chance to meet one of the members of parliament so it would be great if we had more space to ask questions and discuss also various topics.


  • Participants profile: university students departments´ staff
  • Location: Comenius University in Bratislava
  • Methodology: lecture and discussion
  • Evaluation: Most of the participants gave positive feedback.
  • Conclusions and recommendations: The event was fruitful and successful.

Photos File: Agora  2

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Topic Public Agora 3:   Slovakia’s Awareness of the EU

22.03.2016  European Information Center,  Bratislava,  Slovakia

Thanks to the project Homo Europeanus we had a chance to visit House of Europe in Bratislava which represents European Union in the Slovak republic. At this unusual meeting the functioning of different institutions of European Union were introduced to us. We had great opportunity to lead fruitful discussion with one of the representatives of the House of European Union. All the questions we asked were answered and we found out much interesting information. However, the questions might have been answered more thoroughly. Anyway we liked the discussion and we really appreciate that we had a chance to visit this place. When we consider the fact that in this time European Union faces many difficulties it is important to strengthen the awareness of all activities and project the European Union does.


  • Participants profile: university students & departments staff
  • Location: Bratislava, European Information Centre
  • Methodology: lecture and discussion
  • Evaluation: The lecture was good but the discussion could have been better.
  • Conclusions and recommendations: The event was good but the lecturer´s answers to the participants´ questions could have been more thorough.

Photos File: Agora  3

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Medzinárodný projekt ELOS


  • Ste aktívna škola, dlhodobo zameraná na vlastné zlepšovanie?
  • Máte za sebou niekoľko úspešných medzinárodných projektov (cez Comenius, Leonardo da Vinci a pod.)?
  • Absolvovali vaši žiaci/ študenti už niekoľko medzinárodných výmenných pobytov?
  • Angažuje sa vaša škola v niektorej z foriem medzinárodných partnerstiev ( napr. eTwinning Comenius a pod.)?
  • Zapájajú sa vaši žiaci/ študenti aktívne do školských olympiád aj do medzinárodných projektov (napr. Európa v škole, Európske kluby a pod.)?
  • Absolvovali ste vy a vaši kolegovia isté medzinárodné výmeny či stáže v rámci Comenius, Leonardo da Vinci, CEDEFOP a pod.?
  • Premýšľate nad tým, kam sa uberajú vzdelávacie politiky krajín Európskej únie?
  • Radi by ste dosiahnuté výsledky z medzinárodnej spolupráce a výmen ďalej zúročili tak, aby vaša škola na základe doterajšej skúsenosti získala známku atraktivity a výnimočnosti?

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