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Pacemaking the Education and Employment

Slovo 21 has been implementing partner of the international project funded by the European Union's Erasmus+ program. The project is based on development of teacher skills in adult education for working with different groups of adults as well as on improvement and expanding the offer by innovative approach. In the project cooperate partners from Italy, Lithuania, Poland, UK and Croatia under the leadership of the Open University Koprivnica as the project Coordinator. More information about the project you can find at http://www.p-ee.eu/

Women’s Group Manushe and Jileha Project

Manushe (Human) is an iniative of Slovo 21 established in year 2000, which brings together more than 170 Romani women and men regardless of age or education from all over the Czech Republic. The Group is also a member of the Czech Women's Lobby and the European Women's Lobby. The motto of Manushe is "Education, self-esteem, emancipation". Members of this women's group created several interesting projects. One of them is, for example, political training for Roma women, a documentary film about Roma in politics „WOMEN IN FIELD“ or a very successful video of young rappers "Do not Dilino!" which encourages Roma parents to not place their children to „practical schools“. More information (in Czech language) you can find here www.slovo21.cz/index.php/extensions/zenska-romska-skupina-manushe

In 2013 Manushe members initiated new platform Jileha (By Heart).  They established of local affiliates to engage more Roma women and therefore gain support and the fellow feeling, and strengthen confidence as it was in the project “Tear down the Wall” or “Women can do it”.

Women’s groups deal with the status of Roma women within family and the community, strengthening of self-esteem and self-respect, the situation of Roma community within the city, talk about women rights, they also provide education and social and legal questions. Thanks to the Norway Grants through the “Let’s Give Wo(men) a Chance” program of OSF Prague the groups were able to fulfill the wish. They have also created the photo exhibition project called “Invisible Power of Roma Women”. More information (in Czech language) and list of 12 regional groups you find here www.slovo21.cz/index.php/extensions/jileha-romske-zenske-skupiny

Baruv Fellowship Program

Slovo21 has coordinated since 2015 the Roma Fellowship program. Its goal is to give the fellows of US Embassy an opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills necessary for their professional growth as well as their role as leaders in their communities, advocating for equal opportunity and inclusion.

Since 2017 the program, under a name Baruv Fellowship, has provided placements in private companies, non-profit organizations and government for talented university students with ties to the Roma community, or other disadvantaged communities in the Czech Republic. The goal of the Baruv Fellowship is to empower students from underprivileged communities by helping them gain professional skills to advance their future careers. More information about the project you can find at https://cz.usembassy.gov/four-companies-collaborate-embassy-baruv-fellowship-program/ and https://cz.usembassy.gov/roma-fellowship-for-future-roma-leaders/

Welcome to the Czech Republic

Slovo21 has provided integration courses for foreigners since 2012. The courses are provided to foreigners who have moved to the Czech Republic recently in the form of regular open public courses at different locations of the Czech Republic. The courses are opened based on demand in NGOs, integration centers, migrant organizations etc. The list of upcoming courses can be found on this website; you can sign up online, and you can watch a short film entitled Welcome to the Czech Republic. Even if the foreigner doesn’t speak any Czech, there is nothing to fear. The courses are taught in Czech, and professional interpretation into English, Russian, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, French, Mongolian, Spanish and Arabic is provided. More information about the project you can find at http://www.vitejtevcr.cz/en/about-courses/

Next Door Family

'Next Door Family' has started as innovative integration project in 2004. Its purpose is to bring together Czech families with the families of third-country nationals for a casual lunch in order to encourage (informally) communication and personal friendship ties between native and non-native citizens, and to promote intercultural dialogue. More than 1550 families have been involved in the project so far. The project was also spread to other countries - Portugal, Spain, Italy, Malta, Slovakia, Hungary, Belgium and the Cape Verde Islands. The project was supported by the EU and it is presented as a good practice in integration of foreigners https://ec.europa.eu/migrant-integration/intpract/next-door-family-project-eu

More information about the project you can find athttp://www.slovo21.cz/index.php/projekty-cizinci/rodina-odvedle/2-uncategorised/350-next-door-family

Khamoro festival

Khamoro (which means sun in the Roma language) is the largest and most famous professional Roma festival in the world. The festival, which has been organized by the NGO Slovo 21 in Prague, Czech Republic, since 1999, regularly organizes unique Roma band concerts consisting of groups from all over the world, as well as putting on exhibitions, film events, dance workshops, specialized seminars and conferences. More than 150 000 people from both the Czech Republic and abroad have attended the festival in twenty years. The foundation of the festival is without a doubt Roma music, which represents an important part of the world's cultural heritage. More information about the project you can find at http://www.khamoro.cz/en/about-us-en/about-khamoro.html

About us

Who are we?

Slovo 21 NGO is a non-governmental non-profit organization, which was established in the year 1999. We have Czechs, Roma and members from various continents working for us. Our work can be divided into two main branches - activities to support the Roma, and activities focusing on foreigners.

Since the beginning, we are an organization which aims at building a multicultural society and mainly at a better coexistence of cultures not only in the Czech Republic, but in Europe in general. Our organization does not offer social services as such. Our philosophy is to activate the Roma and foreigners and to teach them how to fight and stand up for their human rights. Our goal is also to destroy the deeply rooted prejudices, which tend to complicate the lives of many.

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For 19 years we have been doing our best to support people whom life has not given much of a chance but who, despite that, are not giving up and want to fight for a better future. Those people are immigrants and Romani people living in the Czech Republic.

We began with educating Romani children and students through tutoring. To date our project “Dža dureder – Continue” has delivered services to more than 800 Romani children, of whom 142 have successfully passed their entrance examinations to high school and 150 have been accepted to study at college. This has changed not just their lives, but the lives of their entire families. It has been demonstrated that Romani children need other forms of support in order to have enough self-confidence, expand their horizons and their perspective on the world, and to become complete personalities, and this makes it possible for them to find their “place in the sun”. For that reason, we involve children in mentoring and other activities that facilitate this self-development.

Mothers play an important role in Romani families. They are the ones who care for the family and household, who take care of the children’s education and upbringing. For 15 years we have been working with Romani women all over the Czech Republic. In the “Manushe” Romani women’s group there are 227 active Romani women who need support not just to overcome the barriers in their lives, but also to aid other people in their commuinties. From the idea of the Manushe group came the Jileha project, which facilitates regular meetings of Romani women in 12 towns throughout the Czech Republic.

The relationship between the Czech public and foreign nationals is predominantly a negative one in the Czech Republic. To bring people together, to establish contact between them, to facilitate interpersonal communication, to create respect for one another, to take diversity as an enrichment, not as a deficiency – these are the aims of the “Family Next Door” project, which we have been implementing all over the Czech Republic for 14 years. During this time we have managed to connect 1 446 families of foreign nationals with Czechs (3 899 participants) who gather for lunch together, one Czech family with one family of foreign nationals. Many people, after meeting the “others”, have changed their opinion about them, they have comprehended that we are all just human beings who frequently have similar joys and sorrows irrespective of where we come from.  

Often it is enough to offer your hand, and almost always somebody will be found to accept that gesture! The team at Slovo 21 is comprised of Czechs, Roma and people from all over the world who are doing their best to aid each other in that effort.

With your assistance, we will manage to do even more.

Jelena Silajdžić 

 

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O nás

Slovo 21 z.s. je nevládní nezisková organizace, která začala působit v Praze roku 1999. Naše práce by se dala rozdělit do dvou hlavních větví – aktivity, které se snaží celkově zlepšit postavení Romů v Česku a ty, které se zaměřují na cizince ze třetích států.

Vznik organizace je spjat především s počátky Světového romského festivalu Khamoro - ostatně ten je dodnes nejznámějším projektem Slova 21. Asi nejznámějším cizineckým integračním projektem je neformální setkávání českých a migrantských rodin Rodina Odvedle, bulletin Slovo pro cizince a o cizincích a projekt Víjejte v ČR. 

Slovo 21 je od počátku organizací, která chce přispět k budování multikulturní společnosti a především k lepšímu soužití kultur nejen v Česku, ale i v Evropě. Slovo 21 neposkytuje sociální služby jako takové. Naší filozofií je aktivovat Romy i cizince a naučit je, jak vybojovat a prosadit svá lidská práva. Zároveň se snažíme bourat zakořeněné předsudky, které lidem jen komplikují život. Bojujeme proti rasismu a xenofobii, snažíme se ochraňovat lidská práva a rozvíjet jejich dodržování a zlepšujeme mediální obraz menšin.

Who are we?

Slovo 21 NGO is a non-governmental non-profit organization, which was established in the year 1999. We have Czechs, Roma and members from various continents working for us. Our work can be divided into two main branches - activities to support the Roma, and activities focusing on foreigners.

Since the beginning, we are an organization which aims at building a multicultural society and mainly at a better coexistence of cultures not only in the Czech Republic, but in Europe in general. Our organization does not offer social services as such. Our philosophy is to activate the Roma and foreigners and to teach them how to fight and stand up for their human rights. Our goal is also to destroy the deeply rooted prejudices, which tend to complicate the lives of many.