In November 2016, a consortium of three Croatian associations – Association SVIMA, Otočni sabor–Association for the Development of Croatian Islands, Association for the Sustainable Development of the Rava Island – commenced the implementation of the project „ACTIVE YOUNG ISLANDERS FOR SMART SMALL ISLANDS”.

The project seeks to equip the young inhabitants (aged 15 – 25) of several Croatian small islands with policy-tracking, communications, advocacy and campaigning knowledge & skills. Relevant project’s activities will be primarily based on the extensive promotion of the “Smart Islands” concept.  With the concept/term “Smart Islands”, the aforementioned project consortium is specifically referring to a European insular area that creates sustainable local economic development and a high quality of life by excelling in multiple key areas of sustainability, such as the economy, mobility, energy, environment, ICT, water, education, human capital and demonstrates excellence in governance. Continue reading

Movie workshops

Movie workshops and recording for the needs of amateur documentary film “Living on the island” with head of operations Juliette Janušić, prof. Croatian language. Throughout the workshop in several meetings we went through professional terminology related to contemporary world and Croatian documentary movie. It was pointed to the link between the documentary and the island, following which were presented and analysed short documentary movies from  Mate Bogdanovic “Nikur je umor” and “Djetinjstvo i more” and for comparison inserts of recently recorded documentaries – secondary school works, in which young people was especially interested. There were watched the contemporary Croatian short documentary films produced by Fade In, as well as the award-winning “Gangster te voli”. In the context of the (post) production and assembly, they watched their own recorded material as a result of the practical elements of film workshops.

Workshop on active citizenship

How and where the island and civic action projects are created, young people and their mentors learned from the president of the association SVIMA Veronika Borčić during the workshop on active citizenship and visit the office of the Association in the town of Vis and visit program of the association Palagruza

Sustainable development workshops

The issue of sustainable development is covered by two workshops. On the beach Tepluš in Rukavac, the workshop “hazards due to contamination of natural resources and forms of environmental action in the case of marine waste and environmental action to clean beach” where was provided disturbing data on pollution of the sea and the dangers of plastic waste.

Workshop “Extensive / traditional / organic agriculture in the case of olive growing” Where were explained all segments of processing olive trees in the olive grove, with an emphasis on composting and processing agricultural by-products / from olive into organic fertilizer. The second part of the workshop was dedicated to organic olive oil and has demonstrated the process of tasting and evaluating olive oil organoleptic method.

“Little School of English”

“Little School of English” under the direction of Anne Vodanović, prof. English and history, with a focus on the conversation and practice of paraphrasing in English, in which the young people also toured the Archaeological Collection Issa and attractive cultural monuments / sites of the oldest part of town Vis . English language was studied also trough interpretation of culinary recipes for two of the most famous dishes that are prepared on culinary workshops. Participants learned new concepts, improved the skills of speaking, writing, listening and reading in English, restored the knowledge gained on other workshops, connecting into a whole, and also revised the old English skills.


In the period from 24 June to 1 July 2016, the project PERSONAL TUTORING FOR independence and employment of youth without parental care, 5: Support the expansion of social networks and the inclusion of target groups in the community, it was conducted a week-long visit of young people and their mentor to island Vis, set as a summer school / camp and a combination of free time and organized spending educational but fun and interactive activities, workshops, excursions and sightseeing. Venues were Rukavac, Komiža and Vis, external / s associates / s, experts / activists for specific areas also participated in activities.


With original Island speech and interesting stories from Komiža, culinary workshops were held. A unique experience and pleasure for all senses. Workshop included cooking and baking domestic meals and cakes.

Journalism workshops

Experienced journalist Diana Pribačić Juric led the journalism workshops during which young people learned the media and journalistic types and talked with them about the importance of media literacy and as well as investigative journalism. It was indicated to them to approach their stay on the Island in journalistic way in order to choose appropriate content that they will write themselves, and led them through all stages of a making a newspaper article. As an integral part of journalism workshop was practical work, and compiling news, reports and stories, together they were designed and ultimately published in the media.

SVIMA in the Television show “WHY ARE WE TOGETHER”

In the show of the second Croatian television program, “WHY ARE WE TOGETHER”, which promotes tolerance and raising awareness about civil rights the work of the association SVIMA was presented. Project Leader, Ms. Nives Radeljić presented the 18 years work of the association, they talked about the mission of the Association and its plans. She pointed out what does the project brings “Personally tutoring in independence and employment of youth without parental care as well as other projects of the association.

source: HRT

ECDL course – knowledge for the future

The project ” Personal mentoring in a function of independence and employment of young people without adequate parental care “which is supported by the European Social Fund,  among other things, 10 users from Children’s Home Zagreb has registered for the course for ECDL operator. The course includes Module 1 Basics of Computer, Module 2 Basics of communication, Module 3 Word Processing, and Module 4 Spreadsheets. Once they have successfully passed the tests given, young people will gain certificates for ECDL operator that is valid in EU member states and other countries.

It was impossible to imagine strengthening the competencies of young people and their competitiveness in the labor market without these skills, Since the young students had different levels of knowledge it was unavoidable additional mentoring support during preparations for the exam. The joint effort had given the positive results.

from everyday support – personal mentor and participant in learning and exam preparation for ECDL operator


One of the activities in the cooperation between the Association of SVIMA and Children’s Home Zagreb” personally mentoring in a function of independence and employment of young people without adequate parental care” which is supported by the European Social Fund is the establishment of an electronic database of user provided by this institution. Conceived as an initial step in the computerization of recording and tracking of user groups, the database contains default basic information about each user at the institutional level (all branches) for mandatory reporting requirements. Set to allow further elaboration harmonized with the development in a system of social welfare, and the total capacity of all required data. In this form due to faster availability of data we will reduce the efforts and shorten the time that was needed for data collection and processing of the individual and on the level of groups.

From the training “the use of a new database”