1. Milan Simecka Foundation is a mid-size Slovak NGO. The staff includes executive director, programme director, 6 project managers, lawyer, community worker, labor counselor, 2 assistants and accountant, in total 11 full-time positions.
2. Our budget in 2006: 270.000 EUR
3. Sources of funding: the European Union (40%), Slovak Government (20%), private donors (20%), other (20%).
4. Every year we implement approximately 20 projects, including the organization of conferences, education seminars and community activities.
5. In regard to partnerships, we have wide contacts from the local to the international level: People in Need Slovakia, Bratislava Jewish Community, Regional Office of the Government Plenipotentiary for Roma Communities, Faculty of Education at the Comenius University, National Democratic Institute, Open Society Foundation, European Roma Rights Centre, Anne Frank House, Multicultural Centre Prague. We are members of the European Anti-Poverty Network and the European Network for Human Rights and Citizenship Education.
Milan Simecka Foundation is one of the oldest NGOs in Slovakia. Since its establishment in 1991 we have been focusing on human rights education, capacity building of democratic institutions and minority issues. Currently major areas of our work include multicultural education, Roma issues and Holocaust research and education. In our projects we employ principles of interactive learning and elements of peer education and drama education. In our research we use the method of oral history. Recently, we have engaged in community activities in Panenská Neighborhood, the seat of the Foundation located in a traditionally multicultural environment.
Development of the teaching manual on multiculturalism (February 2005 – December 2006)
Conference Multiculturalism in Slovakia – the first conference on the issues of multiculturalism in Slovakia with four main panels: 1. Global trends – local impacts, 2. Roma and Non-Roma, 3. New Minorities and “Us”, 4. Multicultural education. (November 2006)
Migration and the New Minorities – project comprising the development of a teacher’s manual on migration, organization of the weekend school and a series of public events to raise awareness about migrants in Slovakia (May – December 2007)
School on Stage – Playfully to Tolerance – project on intercultural issues including seminar for teachers, development of a puppet play and a school tournament (May 2007 – March 2008)
Cultures around the Block: Panenská Neighborhood – flagship project of the 2008 European Year of Intercultural Dialogue. Milan ?ime?ka Foundation is the Slovak implementing partner of the project. (January – December 2008)