Freitag, 12. Juli 2013

Minutes from the meeting in Reykjavík


Grundtvig Learning Partnership Project
Demanding fundamental Rights: Law-Related Education in Adult Learning
German Project No: 2011-1-DE2-GRU06-078181, Duration: Sept 2011 – Aug 2013
Reykjavík Meeting 20th April 2012

Morning Session;
Discussion of the final booklet and oral project evaluation with Anne Stalfort and Lisa Wintersteiger
Visit to Reykjavík City Hall, Human Rights Office, best practice, promotion of the Reykjavík City Human Rights Policy and peer education in schools
Afternoon session;
Presentation of the Icelandic Human Rights Centre
A short input on the Women’s Counselling

Joint dinner
Morning Session

  1. Introduction and final booklet
Margrét Steinarsdóttir the director of the Icelandic Human Rights Centre (ICEHR) welcomed the participants and gave a quick overview of the day’s schedule. Anne Stalfort discussed with everyone how the final booklet was coming together and Lisa volunteered to organise the layout. Some information from partners is missing and everyone was encouraged to fix that as soon as possible.

The partners agreed that an oral project evaluation during the meeting would be more useful than an online evaluation. Therefore the partners discussed the following questions and rated them with never/rarely/occasionally/frequently/very frequently
  • How often do you use the following communication/dissemination tools to share information about our Grundtvig project?
  • Project Blog: Do you use our project blog?
  • Other Blogs: Do you blog about our project in other blogs?
  • Your newsletter(s): Do you write about our project in the newsletter(s) of your organisation?
  • Other newsletter(s): Do you write about our project in newsletter(s) of other organisation?
  • Website: Do you present news about our project on the website of your organisation?
  • Printed Material: Were you able to share information about our project in any printed material your organisation published?
  • Your Events: Were you able to present our project at events of your organisation
  • Other Events: Were you able to present our project at any other events?
  • Informal talks: Do you share information about our project during informal conversations with other people active in adult education?

  1. Visit to Reykjavík’s city hall
The group met with Edda Ólafsdóttir and Ásthildur Valtýsdóttir who showed us the city hall and introduced the building. Then they gave us an introduction of the work organised by the city regarding human rights, discrimination and multicultural agenda. The Human Rights office has organised multiple events and has given lectures on these subjects for employees of the city and in schools. At last they showed us the café GÆS (Goose) which is run by individuals with intellectual disabilities, Reykjavík lends them the place and helps with the finance if needed.

A link where you can find the Human Rights Policy of the City of Reykjavík in English and, of course, polish.

Afternoon Session

  1. Introduction of the ICEHR
Margrét Steinarsdóttir introduced the ICEHR and the best practices in our work. The ICEHR offers free legal counselling for immigrants in Iceland. There are a lot of people coming every week to seek counsel for a wide variety of legal matters, the most prevalent have been regarding residence and work permits, citizenship, divorce and custody matters and work related issues.

The ICEHR has also organised seminars for civil society as well as governmental bodies about discrimination, especially in relation to the EU discrimination directives. People can also come to visit us or call us with their problems and we try to help out by giving information on how people should be able to get assistance.

We have published books and booklets on various human rights issues both on our website and in print. On our webpage there are also a lot of information regarding human rights in general and human rights in Iceland.

  1. Introduction on the Women’s counselling

Þorbjörg Jónsdóttir introduced the Women’s counselling which is a free legal and social counselling, despite the name, for everyone.

She introduced the history of women’s rights activism in Iceland and the foundation of the Women’s counselling. The counselling is run by volunteers and it was intended to be a place where women (only women at first) could come and talk about their problems and get advice in a friendly environment. The counselling offers anonymity and keeps no records of the people seeking counselling.

The counselling has some frequent “customers” but most people only come once or twice to talk about and get counselling on their issues. The most common issues are divorce and custody, setting up a new business, financial matters and inheritance rights.

  1. The final report.

All partners discussed the final steps of the project work plan, especially the dissemination strategies and the final report to the national agencies. We listed our dissemination tools and channels and discussed how to share the project results through our national networks and the international umbrella organisations some of us are affiliated with.  We also collected and listed the different requirements from the national agencies regarding the grant and the documents we might have to send with the final report. Everyone is advised to re-check the grant agreement and all correspondence with the national agency to make sure we fulfil all our contractual obligations.

Anne Stalfort reminded us of the database EST – European Shared Treasure Most partners, but not all, are required to upload a project description and the results (our success story booklet) to this database. The access codes have been provided by the national agencies and the project description should already have been uploaded as a part of the interim report obligations. . If due to staff turnover a partner is not sure about the EST codes and requirements, please contact the national agency!

The day ended with a joint networking dinner
Minutes taken by Jóna A Pálmadóttir and Halla Þórey Victorsdóttir


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  2. nice well precised detailed and insightful session i liked the way you have presented all the information. thanks for sharing it with us