four teams, one common goal.

Obstacles we are dealing with are distributed worldwide, and so are we. Together we are dedicated to trasforming inclusive school into reality.


CIPPEC / Buenos Aires, Argentina

Center for the Implementation of Public Policies Promoting Equity and Growth (CIPPEC) is an independent non-profit organization, whose mission is to work for a just, democratic and efficient state that improves people’s lives. It focuses on analyzing and promoting public policies that foster equity and growth in Argentina. Our challenge is to translate the best ideas that arise in the areas of state and government, social development and economic development into concrete actions through the programs of justice and transparency, politics and public management, local development, education, social protection and health, global integration and productive development, fiscal policy, and monitoring and evaluation. CIPPEC has established itself as the foremost public policy think tank in Argentina and has developed over 150 research projects in the fields of social development (health, education), economic development (fiscal policy, international integration and trade) and democracy and institutional strengthening (public management, transparency, political institutions, justice and human rights). CIPPEC implements its projects at national level across Argentina’s 24 provinces and locally in more than 100 municipal counties, financed by overseas organizations and governments. This extensive experience affords CIPPEC a unique strategic outreach to policymakers, organizations and other key players across the country. Throughout its existence, CIPPEC has achieved international recognition with the Juscelino Kubitschek Prize, awarded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB). It was also recognized by the University of Pennsylvania for the fifth consecutive year as the best think tank in Argentina and one of the best in Latin America.

Vía Educación / San Pedro, Mexico

Vía Educación is a non-for-profit organization based in Monterrey, Mexico, whose mission is to generate opportunities for sustainable social development through the design, implementation and evaluation of educational strategies in formal and non-formal settings. The organization was born in 2005 with a project on education for citizenship and since then has incorporated other innovative educational alternatives that increase life opportunities for people, allowing them to improve and transform their own lives and those of their communities. Vía Educación’s areas of focus are quality education, education for citizenship, educational policy and corporate social responsibility. Today Vía Educación works directly with teachers, students and schools, as well as with teenagers and neighbors through its different initiatives. Programs like Aprender a Participar, ¡Participando! give tools to the teachers and principals to help them to make the learning in their classrooms participatory, active and productive. Initiatives such as Proyecto para la Renovación de la Cultura Escolar work with the entire school communities, bringing together students, teachers, families, and supervisors to improve learning at the school level. Vía Educación also works directly with open communities to strengthen their social fabric and their abilities to work collaboratively and actively to solve problems in their immediate environment. Círculos Juveniles de Participación works with teenagers to give them to tools to become active citizens in their communities, while Red Comunitaria has worked with neighbors in vulnerable communities, helping them organize collectively around common problems to find accessible solutions. Vía Educación includes a Research & Evaluation Unit that implements rigorous evaluations of its programs that translate to valuable recommendations. This area also produces academic research on community participation and education issues and conducts consulting projects focused on social program design and evaluation.

FRCCF / Cluj-Napoca, Romania

The Romanian Foundation for Children, Community and Family (FRCCF), based in the city of Cluj-Napoca, is an authorized Foundation recognized as a Public Utility organization which operates since 1997. The mission is to protect children’s rights, to support vulnerable and marginalized children so that they can grow up in a safe family environment and benefit from the education and health care they need. FRCCF is part of the Federation of NGOs for Children (FONPC), of RURALNET and of the European Federation for Street Children. FRCCF has 17 years of experience in the work with disadvantaged groups, protecting and supporting the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children (children from poor families and child care institutions, children in Roma communities, etc.), their families and the communities they live in, regardless of their ethnicity, religion, disability or social status. We are working in partnership with CSOs, in service provision based on equal treatment, in empowerment of the disadvantaged and in resource mobilization. Ever since the time of its inception, FRCCF has been providing assistance to children and families struggling with the poverty. The foundation tries to target the most vulnerable and marginalized children and to implement long-lasting changes to their benefit but also to the benefit of their families and communities. Starting in 2001, FRCCF created 7 urban and 3 rural community centers and directly supported various types of public schools in order to help the children living in the disadvantage families/environment to attend school, to overcome risk situations that might lead to school drop-out, school failure and to complete further education and obtain the qualification best suited to their personal aptitudes and interests. FRCCF has extensive experience in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating community-level child welfare programs. It has seventy employees who are working in multi-disciplinary teams including social workers, psychologists, special educators, teachers or sociologists. They are offering services in five community day care centers.

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CVEK / Bratislava, Slovakia

Center for the Research of Ethnicity and Culture (CVEK) is an independent research and analytical institute founded in 2005. Its central mission is to contribute to building of an inclusive and tolerant society in Slovakia. CVEK follows its objectives via research, policy analysis and training in the areas of culture, ethnicity, minority rights and social exclusion, with a focus on minority and ethnic groups in Slovakia. The Center approaches the topics interdisciplinarily with the expertise in sociology, political science, social psychology and law. It actively seeks to encourage the dialogue across the different spectres of society in order to prevent racism, discrimination and violations of human rights. The activities include three intertwined clusters: monitoring, research and advocacy. CVEK employs evidence based advocacy strategy aimed at shifting the policies and legislation towards inclusion of minorities and their accommodation in Slovakia. Research on education of children belonging to ethnic or religious minorities is one of the main pillars of our activities. We have conducted several surveys aimed at situation of Roma children, who face many forms of exclusion from mainstream education (such as segregation in mainstream schools or in special schools for children with disabilities). Moreover, CVEK is one of the very few institutions in Slovakia focusing on education of children with migration background. In this area, CVEK, in cooperation with Milan Šimečka foundation, provides support to schools and other institutions in education of these children. Our mission is to provide all children with the right to equal and inclusive education. To achieve this goal, CVEK also analyses the public policy materials and legislative processes and gives feedback to state administration or formulates recommendations for improvement of educational policy.

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