Eight cycle of workshops within the Peace Education Programme (PEP) launched

VIII cycle of workshops within the globally renowned Peace Education Programme (PEP) began last night in Centre for Civic Education (CCE), whereby 74 interested participants got the opportunity to attend the programme.

This is one of the most popular educational programmes implemented by the CCE, and the continued interest in PEP is a proof of success and quality of this unique programme. Nonetheless, participants of the programme are the best to judge, and this is only one of the excerptions from the book of impressions: “PEP develops positive values in a person, thus influencing his/her transformation through the individual self-discovery. Upon finding the inner peace, I learned that we are ought to enjoy everyday beauty of our lives”.

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Are free textbooks truly free or part of election activities?

At presentation of research Are free textbooks truly free? that Centre for Civic Education (CCE) organized today, Mira Popović, CCE programe associate reminded of the international and constitutional obligations of Montenegro to ensure free primary education, noting: «However, the practice shows that the Constitution does not have binding force and that its consistent application depends predominantly on political will. So for years, despite appeals that the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) has submitted to relevant authorities, finding a sustainable solution for complete coverage of the costs of basic education so that it was also de facto free is still being avoided».

In the school year 2015/16 free primary education was compulsory for 68.108 pupils attending regular primary education and 733 pupils with special educational needs, which also includes that many textbooks. Although there are no official figures yet on the exact number of pupils in the 2016/17 school year, it can be assessed that it is approximately close to previous school year.

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To which extent political parties in Montenegro acknowledge European policies?

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) today organised the presentation of study Europeanization of election manifestos in Montenegro – to which extent political parties acknowledge European policies?

Željka Ćetković, CCE programme associate, explained within introductory remarks that the main objective of this study was to assess the track record of Europeanization of political parties in Montenegro, aspiring state to full membership in the European Union (EU). “In this manner, we wanted to indicate on the importance of adequate incorporation of European affairs within the parliamentary elections 2016 election campaign, but we will also reflect on these elections in the upcoming period through different aspects, with primary focus on what is the contribution in the establishment of political memory and the analysis of sector policies in the domains that we cover”, told Ćetković.

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Contracts signed on allocation of resources within the project Think Locally – Act Locally! – Fight against Corruption on Local Level

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) has today, within the project Think Locally – Act Locally! – Fight against Corruption on Local Level, signed contracts with civil society organizations that received funding through first call in the competition for supporting projects of these organizations in Montenegro in 2016.

Funds, in the total amount of €18 000, were granted to three NGOs – Active Zone, ATAK and Mladiinfo Montenegro – for projects to be implemented in Podgorica, Danilovgrad, Cetinje and Nikšić, which in different and also in a manner of life address issue of corruption and will communicate directly with citizens of these municipalities over the next five months.

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