Centre for Peace Studies - CPS

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Centre for Peace Studies (Croatian abbreviation: CMS; English abbreviation: CPS) is a non-governmental and non-profit organization promoting non-violence and social change through education, research and activism. CPS grew out of various forms of direct peace-building in western Slavonia (Volunteers’ Project Pakrac, 1993-1997). It was founded in 1996 in Pakrac and formally registered in Zagreb the following year. CPS operates through three compatible programs: Asylum, Integration and Human Security, Peace Education and Non-violence Affirmation, and Combating Inequalities. In our work in all programs we combine several approaches - research, education, public actions, and work on public policies, advocacy and public campaigns.

CPS is a civil society organization that protects human rights and strives for social change based on the values of democracy, anti-fascism, non-violence, peacebuilding, solidarity and equality, using activism, education, research, advocacy and direct support. We work with communities, initiatives, organizations, media, institutions and individuals in Croatia and internationally.

Peace Education and Nonviolence affirmation program is aimed at empowering individuals and groups towards local community (and wider) peace-building through encouraging dialogue and promoting non-violence with a basic principle of social change through education. Long-term, strategic program goals include: advocating for democratization of the educational system and quality education policies; raising civic competence; empowering citizens for activism and preventing violence through raising awareness on nonviolence and affirming nonviolent practices and experiences. Key activities are creating and implementing education programs for teachers, citizens, civil society organizations members; monitoring of relevant aspects of the education system, research and preparation of policy papers used for advocacy; monitoring of education system reform; cooperation and support to schools and teachers.

Combating Inequalities program places emphasis on monitoring and advocacy in human rights protection and promotion area as well as in the economic and social rights area, with the aim of creating policies that allow equal treatment, fair distribution of social goods, affirmative action for economically vulnerable groups and protection of workers' rights.

Asylum, Integration and Human Security program - Many domestic and foreign reports show that ethnic, racial and religious discrimination remains a major problem in Croatia. Through the research, projects and activities of this program, we aim to shed light on the dangers of prejudice towards religious, ethnic and racial minorities, and actively work towards removing them from Croatian society. Through research, education, cooperation with state and academic instutions, the media and civil society, this program seeks to capacitate individuals and institutions to recognize and combat discrimination and prejudice, advocating and actively working to develop policies and programs that respect the human rights of vulnerable groups.

CPS currently has 16 full time employees. 

 

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