Do you lead a group, a movement, a parish, or an organization? Do you face disagreements, conflicts, or structures in the group that do not speak to each other? Or are you so much in agreement on everything that anyone who differs too much would be a real shock to you?

Do you believe that different perspectives and ways of working can bring something completely new to your group and even push you a few steps further? People are different. This diversity can be a source of disagreement and conflict or a path to a better life for all! Good and honest dialogue is the key. We already know all this in theory, but how to conduct dialogue in practice!

You are invited to a 1-day training, Pop Up the Bubbles, where you will learn how to take your group, movement, or organization a few steps further by embracing diversity and through quality intercultural dialogue!

You can register from the link down below.

WHEN?

The training will take place on Saturday 29 October 2022, from 9:00 to 17:00.

WHERE?

The training, which will last 8 teaching hours, will take place in the Large Classroom of the Social Academy at 132 Tržaška Street in Ljubljana.

How Much?

The training is free of charge for everyone who is active in a group or movement, parish, organization, etc.!

Coffee, tea, sweet and salty snacks, and lunch will also be provided for participants.

Each participant will also receive a free manual of “Let’s Burst the Bubbles” after the training.

PROGRAM FLOW

➡9:00 – 10:30 – Session 1: Introduction, background, and some theory
🔴Break with Turkish coffee and tea
➡10:50 – 12:20 – Session 2: How to make real and lasting change through intercultural dialogue?
🔴Organized lunch together
➡13:30 – 15:00 – Session 3: How to conduct intercultural dialogue and raise even the most difficult topics?
🔴Break with Turkish coffee and tea
➡15:20 – 17:00 – Session 4: Some useful methods for group work

Who Will Lead The Training?

MATEJ CEPIN runs the Social Academy and the “Pop Up the Bubbles” project. He has 25 years of experience as an educator in the fields of youth work, adult education, community building, and responsible citizenship. He helps NGOs, public institutions, and companies with strategic development and leaders with personal growth. He is also a host on the “Burning Bush” podcast.

JANEZ SNOJ heads the St George Parish Institute in Stara Loka. He is a graduate in communication and an educator of preschool children. Husband and father of three children. He spent more than a dozen years abroad, where he was educated by people who think, speak, and believe differently. Creating space for dialogue in seemingly impossible situations comes from experience, not theory. Building bridges between religions, between faiths, between the private and the public, between the ecclesial and the secular… He sees the project Let’s Pop Up the Bubbles as an important step forward, as it crosses the reach of dialogue into a creative love of the third. It gives birth to a concrete fruit.

FURKAN GUNER comes from Turkey. He is an intercultural mediator for Slovenian and Turkish culture and a geographer and political scientist by education. He has lived in Slovenia for nine years. Since 2017, he has been the legal representative of the Association for Intercultural Dialogue and coordinator of projects in the field of intercultural dialogue, integration, integration of migrants, and active citizenship. He is also the author and presenter of the migrant program Enolončnica at Radio Študent, where he tries to break down prejudices about migration with success stories of migrants.

IGOR BAHOVEC is a physicist and a Ph.D. in sociology. He works at the Faculty of Theology and the Institute for Development and Strategic Analysis in Ljubljana. His research interests are communities, the person, the family, civil society, social capital, postmodern culture, identity, religion, and the possibility of a transition to a new era of Western civilization and the role of Christianity in this. It focuses on the thought of Pope Francis, in particular on the themes of the family, integral ecology, the identity of Europe, fraternity, and social friendship. He has published a number of scientific and professional articles and two scholarly books: Postmodern Culture and Spirituality and Communities: Theories, Forms, Meanings. He has already lectured at Draga in 2017.

The training will take place in the framework of the Pop Up the Bubbles project, implemented by the partners:

1️⃣Socialna akademija (prijavitelj)

2️⃣Župnijski zavod sv. Jurija Stara Loka

3️⃣Društvo medkulturni dialog

4️⃣Mangfold Huset (Norveška)

You are invited to join the round table virtual event, where international speakers will discuss topics like equal treatment, social inclusion, advocacy, and tools for advocacy campaigns as well as practical examples of assisting persons with a migratory background. We will discuss hot topics via the ZOOM platform on 2️⃣6️⃣ October (Wednesday) at 17.00 CET

This round table is organized as a part of the BODE project (Brez over do enakosti – No barriers to equality), as @mkdialog and @adraslovenia Slovenia are showing examples of useful advocacy tools to persons with a migratory background.

You can join us by registering on this form:
https://forms.office.com/r/FrE29fj8jC.

You will receive the ZOOM link after you register.

The round table will include:
MODERATOR of the Round table: Katja Kotnik, Country Director of ADRA Slovenia🇸🇮

SPEAKERS:
🔹Furkan Guner, Društvo Medkulturni Dialog (Slovenia/Ljubljana)🇸🇮

🔹Max Zimanni, Zavod Global and podjetje Skuhna (Slovenia/Ljubljana)🇸🇮

🔹Muhammed Ali Işık, Turške dobrote (Slovenia/Ljubljana)🇸🇮

🔹Fırat Bahçivan from Mangfold Huset (Norway/Oslo)🇸🇯

🔹Havva Merve Bulut from Dunaj Institute (Poland/Warsaw)🇵🇱

EVENT OUTLINE

1️⃣Introduction of project BODE.

2️⃣ Introduction of speakers.

3️⃣ Sharing experiences and introducing good practices for assisting migrants.

4️⃣ Specific questions and debates on hot topics like equal treatment, social inclusion, using advocacy, business and working with migrants, language for integration, and other topics.

5️⃣ Concluding thoughts and questions from the public.

See you soon and thank you for taking part in the efforts to reduce inequalities and make a kinder world for all.

@adraslovenia
@turskedobrote
@dunajinstytutdialogu

www.MKDIA.org
www.ADRA.si/BODE
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𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒋𝒆𝒄𝒕 “𝑩𝑶𝑫𝑬/𝑩𝒓𝒆𝒛 𝑶𝒗𝒊𝒓 𝑫𝒐 𝑬𝒏𝒂𝒌𝒐𝒔𝒕𝒊” 𝒊𝒔 𝒇𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒅 𝒃𝒚 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑨𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝑪𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒛𝒆𝒏𝒔 𝑭𝒖𝒏𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝑺𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒏𝒊𝒂 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝑴𝒂𝒓𝒄𝒉 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐 – 𝒕𝒐 𝑵𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒎𝒃𝒆𝒓 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐.

NEW FACES OF SLOVENIA – 6. True story: “Slovenians can learn a lot about new cultures and other interesting things from cross-cultural experiences with foreigners. Socializing with immigrants is a chance to have different parts of the world right at our fingertips – how great can that be!” (Clevis from Albania, 28 years old)

The BODE project (#BrezOvirDoEnakosti) is committed to empowering people with a migrant background in the field of advocacy, as they often do not get the right opportunity to present their side of the story. This time, however, it is different – by sharing real stories, we are fighting against the prejudice that migrants are not educated or skilled enough to participate equally and qualitatively in the progress of Slovenian society.

In this context, we will share with you 10 true stories of people with migrant backgrounds in Slovenia.

6️⃣ This is Klevis’ story…

Clevis (28 years old) is from Albania. He did his mathematics degree at Bilecik Seyh Edebali University in Turkey. After graduating, he taught at a private school and then decided to complete his Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Security at the Rovira i Virgili University in Tarragona, Spain. Today he is working as a young researcher at the University of Ljubljana, as part of the EU Horizon 2020 project.

“I decided to leave my country mainly because many things did not work as I expected. Corruption is extremely widespread in public administration, there are not enough opportunities for young people to work in their chosen sector, and Albania as a country is not doing much, in my opinion, to stop migration. However, I would like to be able to contribute to the development of my country one day,” said the young researcher, who is proud to be part of the Horizon 2020 EU project to create better and safer use of internet services.

Clevis’s experience in Slovenia has been mostly positive, and he finds working and living here full of opportunities: “I was surprised by how highly educated Slovenians are and how well everyone knows English. I believe that if I had more friends here to talk to, I would have learned Slovenian better.”

Clevis concludes by suggesting that immigrants should have more opportunities to integrate and socialize with the locals, to learn more about the culture, traditions, and food, but this is a process that both sides have to be ready for. Slovenians can learn a lot about new cultures and other attractions through intercultural experiences with foreigners. Socializing with immigrants is a chance to have different parts of the world right at our fingertips: “If we socialize more with each other, we will realize how much we have in common, we will respect and love each other more – how great that can be”.

We fight stereotypes, discrimination, and prejudice. It is important to stand together for social justice, equal treatment, and opportunities for all members of our society. Let us be tolerant, friendly, and open to new faces, new acquaintances, and opportunities for people to surprise us positively as great employees, talented individuals, or just loyal friends. Although different, we are all equal.

As a graduate engineer at a Slovenian university, I expect the residence and work permit regime to be easier for all those who work and can contribute even a little to improving the country. In addition, it would be excellent if the government would provide the family members of foreigners who have been in Slovenia for a long time with the possibility of free education, at least at the bachelor’s or master’s level.

For more on the stories and the project, see :

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CNVOS

ADRA Slovenija

Ministrstvo za notranje zadeve

𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒋𝒆𝒄𝒕 “𝑩𝑶𝑫𝑬/𝑩𝒓𝒆𝒛 𝑶𝒗𝒊𝒓 𝑫𝒐 𝑬𝒏𝒂𝒌𝒐𝒔𝒕𝒊” 𝒊𝒔 𝒇𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒅 𝒃𝒚 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑨𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝑪𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒛𝒆𝒏𝒔 𝑭𝒖𝒏𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝑺𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒏𝒊𝒂 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝑴𝒂𝒓𝒄𝒉 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐 – 𝒕𝒐 𝑵𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒎𝒃𝒆𝒓 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐.

https://adra.si/bode/embed/#?secret=cGKlAbHLC2#?secret=z19dWz2UhG

Welcome to ENOLONČNICA

In the latest Enolončnica, our guest Marco Segovia was from Ecuador last Saturday. This is the radio show where we promote intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity and break the stereotypes with Radio Študent in Slovenian society.

In the 13th show, we talked about Marcos’s hometown in Ecuador and his migration story first to Italy and then finally meeting with his girlfriend and to Slovenia

He is passionate about sustainability. So we talked a lot about Circular Change in our show with him.

He has worked in Ecuador, Italy, and now Slovenia on projects related to sustainable development and circular economy.

In Slovenia, he works as Project Director of the non-profit organization Circular Change.

Then we talked about his fresh family here in Slovenia because he is now forming an intercultural family with his Slovene fiancée, his soon-to-be son, and his cat.

We listened to Marco’s story and interesting details about Ecuador in Enolončnica for an hour while we were listening to 2 nice songs from Marco’s playlists.

You can listen to our show to discover more about Ecuador, and Marco himself from the link down below.

https://radiostudent.si/…/interview-with-marco-segovia…

Stay tuned for the upcoming show on the third Saturday of November.

Researcher Adem from Bosnia and Herzegovina

True story: “I left my country for my career because I wanted to learn as much as I could from the best professionals in Europe because I love what I do.” 31 years old Adem from Bosnia and Herzegovina

The BODE project (#BrezOvirDoEnakosti) is committed to empowering people with a migrant background in the field of advocacy, as they often do not get the right opportunity to present their side of the story. This time, however, it is different – by sharing real stories, we are fighting against the prejudice that migrants are not educated or skilled enough to participate equally and qualitatively in the progress of Slovenian society.

In this context, we will share with you 10 true stories of people with migrant backgrounds in Slovenia.

5️⃣This is Adem’s story…

Adem (31), from Bosnia and Herzegovina, graduated from the University of Tuzla. He attended the Faculty of Mining Geology and Construction – Department of Geology. Later, he enrolled in a Master’s degree at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering, Department of Geology.

“I currently work at the Building Research Institute of Slovenia. I left my country for my career because I wanted to learn as much as I could from the best professionals in Europe because I love what I do.”

There is often a prejudice in Slovenia against immigrants, that they are taking advantage of the system and taking money out of the public purse, but Adem is proving that he is contributing equally to our country’s economy. The decision to move was not an easy one, but he took it with heart and a love for his work, and he is helping with the important work and scientific research activities of the Institute of Civil Engineering.

My problems in Slovenia were mostly about getting a visa. The procedures are not user-friendly, they are quite time-consuming and I think it would be a good idea to explore ways to make it easier and faster for foreigners to regularize their status, both in terms of residence, work, and elsewhere.”

Adem concluded his story by saying that he wants to see a society where we contribute better and fight for equal rights for all, regardless of color, religion, or nationality.

Last weekend on Sunday we had an intercultural hike to the beautiful nearby hill Rašica with our volunteers and friends.

We packed our bags with food and coffee and headed to the top of the hill to have a nice conversation on the way and at the top.

We were together with our kids and it was also an intergenerational meeting for us. We were more than 25 people from Turkey and Slovenia.

For many of our volunteers, it was also a great opportunity to practice their Slovenian with our local friends.

Hiking is a very big part of Slovenian culture so we also pay special attention to hiking kind of activities in our association to have more dialogue with locals and among us and integrate ourselves into Slovenian society.

Thanks to all the participants and organizers of this lovely event.

Hope to see you all soon again.

Last week with the invitation and support of CNVOS as an Intercultultural Dialogue Association we participated in the international conference in Portugal-Lisbon with Slovenska filantropija to represent #acfslovenija🇸🇮 regarding “Challenges of the Digital Revolution for the Social Sector”.

In the new context of the post-pandemic era, the Active Citizen Fund Operators of Portugal, Estonia, and Malta has decided to organize a forum where the latest developments and trends shall be exchanged to secure a stronger and better-prepared civil society in Europe, able to thrive in the digital age and to find together better solutions to the new problems we are facing.

Several high-level experts and IT entrepreneurs from several European countries and the U.S. triggered and enlightened the discussion.

There were participants from 15 ACF beneficiary countries and 7 experts from all over the world.

Last week with the invitation and support of CNVOS as an Intercultultural Dialogue Association we participated in the 3 days international training/conference in Norway-Oslo with Slovenska Filantropija, Kulturno Društvo Gmajna, Radio Študent and Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto to represent #acfslovenija🇸🇮 with our current projects and ideas regarding “Migration, Integration and Active Citizenship”.

Close to 8️⃣0️⃣ civil society heroes from more than 1️⃣5️⃣ European countries got together to discuss advocacy for social inclusion

The mayor of Oslo Ordfører Marianne Borgen commenced the conference together with State Secretary Eivind Vad Petersson and Berit Nising Lindeman👏

When people who want to make Europe a better place come together, magic happens

Thank you for your organizing such an event, thank you all of our colleagues for your bright ideas for our future projects and cooperation, and for your beating hearts

CNVOS

EØS-midlene

EEA and Norway Grants Slovenia

Društvo za razvijanje prostovoljnega dela Novo mesto

Slovenska filantropija

Radio Študent 89,3 MHz

Kulturno društvo Gmajna

“The biggest challenge was the lack of opportunities to show my skills, I was not treated equally and I was often discriminated against.” 37 years old Melissa* from South America

The BODE project (#BrezOvirDoEnakosti) is committed to empowering people with a migrant background in the field of advocacy, as they often do not get the right opportunity to present their side of the story. This time, however, it is different – by sharing real stories, we are fighting against the prejudice that migrants are not educated or skilled enough to participate equally and qualitatively in the progress of Slovenian society.

In this context, we will share with you 10 true stories of people with migrant backgrounds in Slovenia.

4️⃣ This is Melissa’s story…

Melissa (37), from South America, started her studies at university but was unable to complete them due to her family’s poor status and the high costs (books, transport, food, etc.). Fortunately, she soon got a job and became quite successful in her field.

When she arrived in Slovenia, she faced several obstacles as an immigrant: “The biggest challenge was the lack of opportunities to show my abilities, I was not treated equally and I was often discriminated against.”

Melissa recognized the link between the job opportunity and language skills, as she felt that language was the biggest barrier for her too. “The basic course, which is available for free for foreigners for 60-180 hours, was not very useful for me. I felt that the course was designed more for people from the Balkans or other Slavic language groups. Secondly, the challenge is the high price of the language courses, which as a jobseeker is hard to afford. As we also have to prove our language skills in a test, it would be important to make it easier for foreigners to access language and culture learning in a systemic way.”

The biggest success for Melissa is that after living in Slovenia for a few years, she can feel equal and safe and she does not feel so discriminated against because she is not fully fluent in the language. She herself is a strong advocate for women’s rights, is pro-active against violence against women, and believes that we as a society in Slovenia could do more to protect women in general.

We fight stereotypes, discrimination, and prejudice. It is important to stand together for social justice, equal treatment, and opportunities for all members of our society. Let us be tolerant, friendly, and open to new faces, new acquaintances, and opportunities for people to surprise us positively as great employees, talented individuals, or just loyal friends. Although different, we are all equal.

As a graduate engineer at a Slovenian university, I expect the residence and work permit regime to be easier for all those who work and can contribute even a little to improving the country. In addition, it would be excellent if the government would provide the family members of foreigners who have been in Slovenia for a long time with the possibility of free education, at least at the bachelor’s or master’s level.

For more on the stories and the project, see :

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CNVOS

ADRA Slovenija

Ministrstvo za notranje zadeve

𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒋𝒆𝒄𝒕 “𝑩𝑶𝑫𝑬/𝑩𝒓𝒆𝒛 𝑶𝒗𝒊𝒓 𝑫𝒐 𝑬𝒏𝒂𝒌𝒐𝒔𝒕𝒊” 𝒊𝒔 𝒇𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒅 𝒃𝒚 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑨𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝑪𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒛𝒆𝒏𝒔 𝑭𝒖𝒏𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝑺𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒏𝒊𝒂 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝑴𝒂𝒓𝒄𝒉 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐 – 𝒕𝒐 𝑵𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒎𝒃𝒆𝒓 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐.

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Lace has been around for centuries and has been used for a variety of purposes, from fashion garments to home decoration – this day is celebrated in honor of the timeless and eternally fashionable art of lacework.

Last Saturday, the 24th of September, was “International Lace Day”.
To celebrate it and to meet new people from NGOs, we went to Škofja Loka with members of our association and visited the community “Breja Preja”.

We spent a lovely afternoon yesterday chatting in 6 languages. We made sunflowers, bracelets, slippers, ribbons, and crocheted lace to celebrate this unforgettable tradition.

It was a great event for us to meet new people and celebrate days like International Lace Day interculturally with local NGOs.

We thank all participants and organizers for this event. We hope to see you again soon for another great day and event.

Thanks, Breja Preja.

Breja preja