CYSO cooperates officially and operationally with all the institutions dealing with children and youth and all those who are in close contact with them.
CYSO has had excellent cooperation with the Roma Education Society (DER), a local NGO from Surdulica since 2005, when DER was established. Together, we have implemented programmes for the improvement of education of Roma in Surdulica, for strengthening cooperation between the civil society and local authorities and for networking of civil society organisations. Since 2005, CYSO and DER have been working on early enrollment of Roma children into the educational system, on collecting and processing data, and on building strategic partnerships between NGOs and local and state authorities.
The Educational Center for Roma, an NGO from Subotica, has significant experience in implementing programmes for strengthening cooperation between local communities and minorities in Subotica and across Vojvodina. Our cooperation started in 2004, with activities designed to improve education of Roma and to motivate youth in north Serbia. Since 2006, the Educational Center for Roma has been CYSO`s partner in a programme designed to encourage integration of youth representatives of minority groups into communities in Vojvodina.
The Youth Forum for Roma Education, from Bujanovac, is a local Roma NGO, which mostly works on programmes designed to improve education of Roma. Since 2002, OFER has been trying to mobilize minority representatives to take part in local community development. They have also been engaged in educational and humanitarian work with local minority groups and in activities intended to prevent conflicts in south Serbia. Together, OFER and CYSO have been implementing programmes designed for improvement of education of Roma from all age groups in Bujanovac since 2004. However, some of the programmes tackle issues such as: protection of children and youth from trafficking, mobilization of young people and building partnerships between local authorities and minority NGOs.
Partnerë për Fëmijët (Partners for Children)
Partnerë për Fëmijët (Partners for Children) is a local Albanian NGO, which works with children, families, local communities and local authorities on improving the overall status of children and their quality of life. The Partners for Children programmes are focused on the most vulnerable and isolated rural communities in north-east Albania. Their goal is to mobilize people and boost their dedication and commitment to improving equal opportunities for children development and stronger engagement in the local communities.
The cooperation and partnership between Partners for Children and CYSO started in 2005, and it has recently been strengthened by a new joint four-year programme.
Center for Civil Initiatives
Center for Civil Initiatives is a non-governmental, non-profit making organisation that operates on the territory of Croatia. It was founded in 1998, aiming to expedite the development of smaller communities, especially the ones where the population was returning after the war. It has made significant results in the field of development and training of civil society organisations. It also helps rural environments, through support for prequalifying agricultural workers and by stimulating entrepreneurship.
Pomoc deci (CYSO) and Center for Civil Initiatives have been collaborating on the PRECEDE project since the end of 2012. The original two-year plan has been successfully accomplished, and the collaboration will be continued in a second stage of the programme.
Balkan Sunflowers is an international not-for-profit and non-governmental organisation founded in 1999 to aid the Kosovar refugees. Their primary focus areas are Community, Human Dignity and Children and Youth. They are also involved in the integration of minorities into the society, through the Learning centres.
Balkan Sunflowers is one of CYSO’s partner organizations in the PRECEDE project, which started at the end of 2012.
Првата детска амбасада во светот – Меѓаши (The First Children’s Embassy in the World – Megjashi)
The First Children’s Embassy in the World – Megjashi is a non-profit making, non-governmental organisation that has been protecting children’s rights in Macedonia and the region since 1992. It gave refuge to mothers and children from war zones during the nineties, and has continued protecting children from violence ever since, via an SOS telephone line and psychological counselling, amongst other activities.
CYSO has been carrying out a successful partnership with FCEWM within the PRECEDE project.
Djeca prije svega (Children first)
The organisation “Children First” is made up of experts from the fields of social and children’s protection. They accomplish their goals through working with families, working with children with behavioral disorders, as well as by raising consciousness about children’s rights. They are also involved in the process of family placement of children without parental care.
CYSO has initiated the collaboration with Children First in 2009 through Aflatoun – Social and Financial Education for Children, and by the end of 2014, Children First became one of the official partners in the second, two-year long phase of the project PRECEDE.
Early Years – Organisation for Young Children
Early Years – Organisation for young children is the largest organisation for children aged 0-8 in Northern Ireland. This non-profit making NGO was established in 1965, and ever since, it has been working on promoting quality care for children from 0 to 8, providing support to teachers, preschool groups and parents.
In cooperation with CYSO, Early Years advisors and experts have been conducting educational trainings for preschool teachers and assistants in Serbia since 2005. In the last three years, the two organisations have been working together on introducing a programme for peace building and respect for differences and diversity into preschool curriculum. Both Early Years and CYSO are members of the International Network for Peace Building through work with children from conflict and post-conflict countries. We are also partners in a new joint four-year programme.