Applicant and partners
APPLICANT. JAS – Jugend Architektur Stadt e.V., Germany (NGO)
JAS – Jugend Architektur Stadt e.V. (YOUTH ARCHITECTURE CITY) was founded in 2005 in Germany as a non-profit association that promotes built environment education and participation of children and young people. JAS helps children and the youth with knowledge and tools to see, to explore and to discover the built environment with all their senses and as a context of learning. Beside workshops JAS develops teaching material for schools, liaises between experts and users in planning and building processes, organizes advanced training programs and offers consultation on participatory design and built-environment education topics in Germany and in abroad. It is an interdisciplinary initiative with the head quarter in Essen, Germany. JAS have no regular stuff. The members of JAS (more than 50) are architects, urban designers, city- and regional planners, landscape architects and educationists. In 2010 JAS opened up an architectural academy for children and youth in Essen. For its activities in the field of education of built environment education and participation of children and youth, JAS has received several awards and recognitions at the national and regional level.
The president of JAS e.V. is one of the founding members and a board member of Playce – International Network for Architectural Education (www.playce.org ). Since 2003 the members of JAS have been involved in the annual yearly activities of Playce. 2009 JAS organized an annual Playce- meeting incl. workshop and conference in Germany. More information at www.jugend-architektur-stadt.de
PARTNER 1. EXPEDITIO – Center for Sustainable Spatial Development (NGO)
EXPEDITIO – Center for Sustainable Spatial Development is an NGO based in Kotor (Montenegro), founded in 1997 by six students of architecture at the University of Belgrade. Since its foundation, EXPEDITIO has implemented more than 100 projects and activities addressing various issues of sustainable spatial development, such as: urban and rural management, sustainable cities, public spaces, green architecture, cultural landscape, etc.
EXPEDITIO’s mission is to encourage sustainable spatial development in Montenegro and SEE region through activity in the fields of sustainable architecture, cultural heritage, urban planning and through projects that encourage overall development of the civil society.
The main types of activities conducted by EXPEDITIO include cross-disciplinary engagement regarding urban sustainability, such as: developing studies and researches, organizing events (workshops, discussions, lectures, seminars, exhibitions …), advocacy activities, campaigns, publishing, actions in public spaces etc.
The structure of EXPEDITIO consists of: Assembly, Board of Directors, Executive Board, Members and Volunteers. EXPEDITIO has 5 full-time employees and a number of occasional collaborators. EXPEDITIO head office is based in Kotor (Montenegro) and there is also a branch office in Belgrade (Serbia).
EXPEDITIO has been involved in various participatory planning and decision making processes and was represented in the National Council for Sustainable Development of Montenegro. EXPEDITIO is an active member in several regional and EU networks, such as: Civil Scape, Balkan Express Network, Evropa Nostra and the South East European (SEE) Heritage Network.
For its activities in the field of urban development, EXPEDITIO has received several awards and recognitions at the national and regional level. More information at www.expeditio.org
PARTNER 2. Bureau for Education Services of Montenegro (public body)
Bureau for Education Services of Montenegro is a leading public institution for monitoring, improvement and evaluation of the education reform processes from a preschool to university level. It was established in 2003 in order to meet the new demands and needs of the comprehensive change of education system. It was in line with the plan for implementation of reform solutions in education in Montenegro.
Bureau for Education Services was established in parallel with the beginning of implementation of the education reform concept. The development of the Bureau took place in the context of complex political, economic and social circumstances, and of material, technical and human resources constraints in our educational institutions and in the Bureau itself. The very act of forming the Bureau represents a step forward in developing a better educational system.
The Bureau for Education Services conducts the external evaluation of the quality of educational work in kindergartens, schools, students’ dormitories and education institutions for children with special needs and advice teachers and school directors with the aim of improving the educational and pedagogical work. The Bureau is responsible for development of the system of professional development for teachers in accordance with the needs of educational practice and the current moment in the field of education in the country and the region and provides training programs for teachers, school directors, deputy directors and professional associates in order to support good teaching practices. The Bureau also carries out the analyses and research in education and improves the quality of existing and develops the new subject curricula.
In order to improve teaching and learning process in educational institutions and performing the tasks of monitoring, analysis and development of educational system, the Bureau for Education Services prepares and distributes the info-bulletins, publications, leaflets and other reference literature. The Bureau for Education Services has experience in implementation of a large number of projects on the international and local level. (Please, find more information in a separate document)
History of cooperation with the PARTNER 1: The Bureau for Education Services of Montenegro and NGO EXPEDITIO have had successful cooperation since 2005. At that time they jointly implemented part of the activities of the EU funded project – campaign “Look around – Think about space” (part of that campaign was targeting 40 schools and ~ 600 children/students in Montenegro).