ANNUAL REPORT FOR MIR PROJECT - SECOND YEAR Oct. 2003/Oct.

2004 (Slovenian group)
1. Numbers of partners and members. Present status. Changes since last year.
Institute for Slovenian Emigration Studies ZRC has 5 partner institutions including own institution. There are 6 member institutions. Brežice Economic and Commercial School (there is no official English translation) (Ekonomska in trgovska šola Brežice) and Poljane Grmammar School (Gimnazija Poljane) (both are secondary schools) joined the MIR project as member institutions last year.

2. Activities in national group
2.1. Research
Marina Lukšič-Hacin, Mirjam Milharčič – Hladnik (both from Institute for Slovenian Emigration Studies ZRC SAZU) and Mojca Peček - Čuk (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Education) have continued with the work on the project titled Equity in Educational Systems. A questionnaire, which was tested in May 2003, and delivered to the teachers in September 2003, is now being analysed. Mirjam Milharčič – Hladnik has made 6 in-depth interviews in the United States and Mojca Peček -Čuk has made 17 in-depth interviews in Australia. The interviews were done with Slovenian immigrants: teachers, parents and experts for education. The analysis of interview and qualitative analysis in three of selected primary schools will be done next year. The results of research will be presented at the conference in Ljubljana in April 2005.

2.2. Lectures for the teachers, school material, new topics in curiculum etc.
In November 2003 Marjan Drnovšek (Institute for Slovenian Emigration Studies ZRC SAZU) gave lectures titled Disgrace Expires Slowly (Sramota umira počasi) at the seminar titled Introducing New Pedagogical Devices at the History – Discussing Sensitive Topics from Post-war Slovenian History (Uvajanja novih učnih načrtov pri zgodovini – obravnava občutljivih tem iz slovenske povojne zgodovine). The organizer of the seminar was The National Education Institute. In November 2003 Marina Lukšič - Hacin gave lectures for the teachers of the new subject titled Civil Education and Ethics (Državljanska vzgoja in etika). She presented the methods used in the treatment of the following subjects: Human Rights as a Basis of Values in the Citizenship Education and Ethics. Power and Weakness of Education. Critical and Independent Thinking. Regularities in Moral Development (Človekove pravice kot vrednotna osnova državljanske vzgoje in etike. Moč in nemoč vzgoje. Kritično in samostojno mišljenje. Zakonitosti moralnega razvoja). In March 2004 she commented the presentation of teachers’ lectures prepared included the lecture mentioned above. The organizer of the seminar/workshop was Faculty of Education,
University of Ljubljana.

For the students of the 2nd year at the Department of Primary School Teaching (Faculty of Education, University of Ljubljana) professor of Social Sciences/history Irena Gantar Godina (Institute For Slovenian Emigraion Studies ZRC SAZU) organized a seminar at which migration topics were discussed. The students were acknowledged with several and various aspects of migration problems in the past and nowadays, with special emphasis to Slovene emigration. Economical, political, educational and seasonal e/migration topics were presented and discussed and several seminar-works

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were done. The aim of the seminar was to prepare students for their future teaching (incorporating) these issues within social sciences and history, respectively. Janja Žitnik (Institute for Slovenian Emigration Studies ZRC SAZU) has been the lecturer on two post-graduate subjects (Cultural life of Migrants and Slovenian emigrant literature) at the Department of Slavic Studies and the Department of Slovenian Studies, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts. She has also been co-mentor of one M.A. student in the study of migrations and intercultural relations, which – at the University of Ljubljana – is not an independent field of post-graduate studies but is incorporated into the M.A. and Ph.D. studies in various disciplines. Mirjam Milharčič - Hladnik, Mojca Peček - Čuk and Tatjana Devjak (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Education) have updated their textbooks for the subject Civil education and ethics for 7th and 8th grade of elementary school. The issues of refugees, migrants, "the others", tolerance, cultural differences are important part of both updated textbooks. Kristina Toplak, Marjan Drnovšek and Jernej Mlekuž (all from Institute for Slovenian Emigration Studies ZRC SAZU) have presented the topic of migration in general, the work of migration researchers and the Institute for Slovenian Emigration Studies ZRC SAZU (archive, library, on-going projects etc.) to the selected groups of pupils from Primary School Danila Kumar, Primary School Oskar Kovačič and Gimnazija Vič. A lively debate followed the presentation. (daj na internet) Jernej Mlekuž handed over to The National Education Institute an extended concept of the textbook titled The Alphabet of Migration: For Better Understanding of Others, Us and Ourselves (Abeceda migracij: za boljše razumevanje sebe, nas in drugih). There exists a big interest of The National Education Institute to publish this textbook, but due to full-time occupation of the author, it will probably be postponed for a longer period of time (2-3 years).

2.3. School activities
Mira Zupan Shaar and Marn Urša (both from Danila Kumar Elementary School) took their work very seriously. In October and December 2003 Mira Zupan Shaar carried out a project about religions in Slovenia. The project included lectures and workshops. In February, March and April 2004 she carried out another similar project, this time about Middle East crises. In April they organised a project titled Getting to know each other makes us reacher with the international department of Danila Kumar Elementary School. This project included an event with the same title, which took place at Danila Kumar Elementary School in Ljubljana on 13th April. The event was run by pupils from Slovene and international department of Danila Kumar Elementary School and comprised a round-table, two performances and painting. The main content of these "subevents" was receiving the otherness in school. (Look at http://www.migrationhistory.com/comenius/index.php?section=infoletters&id=104, http://www.migrationhistory.com/comenius/index.php?section=activities&id=67) For The Day of Refugees they organised a sort of round-table and debate with pupils. The pupils also made posters about themes that were discussed. Barbara Klembas and Milena Murovec (both from Primary School Oskarja Kovačiča) organized a discussion with emigrant archivists at Primary School Oskarja Kovačiča on 21st May at 2.p.m. The discussion was run by pupils. The event was accompanied by the performance (relating to the content of the event). (Look at http://www.migrationhistory.com/comenius/index.php? section=activities&id=75, http://www.migrationhistory.com/comenius/index.php? section=infoletters&id=110) Marija Boh and Jana Šivec (Gimnazija Vič) and the pupils of two classes have made a research about pupils’ ancestors, who had migrated. They have made a questionnaire, which was delivered and

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analysed among pupils. Besides that, the teachers presented and discussed the features of the main migration waves with pupils, in which the ancestors had been included.

3. Activities International
Janja Žitnik has expanded her lecture Lively Visions, Ossified Realities: Co-Cultures in Slovenia that she delivered to the post-graduate students of Universidade Aberta in Lisbon within the AEMI conference in September–October 2003. She has published it under the title Immigrants in Slovenia: Integration Aspects in Migracijske i etničke teme, Zagreb, vol. 20, no. 2–3, 2004, pp. 221–241. (Look at http://www.migrationhistory.com/comenius/index.php?section=research&id=41) As the part of teachers training at the international level it can be also mentioned a lecture titled Slovene Emigrant Writers in Canada and Europe – the Question of Bilingualism that Janja Žitnik gave to the graduate and post-graduate students of the University of Vienna, has been published in the book The Protection of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Canada and Europe: Chances and Obstacles of Multiculturalism, ed. Fritz Peter Kirsch and Waldemar Zacharasiewicz, Vienna: Universität Wien, 2004, pp. 223–240. 4 Slovenians participated at Girona Conference in April 2004 and 3 Slovenians participated at seminar in Ceske Budejovitse in October 2004. Some work has been already done for the conference in Ljubljana in April 2005 (reservation of conference hall, reservation of hotel rooms, talks with anticipated lecturers etc.). Some partner institutions are formally included in so called “transnational project” MIR projects. There has not been done a lot of work yet! All partner and member institutions are included in other international project.

4. Use of MIR web site
Jernej Mlekuž have presented the MIR web site to all partner and member institutions in detail (to some even many times). Some partner and member institutions in Slovenian group have became very familiar with MIR web site. They follow all the news and some even comment the activities published on the MIR web site, while some don’t use it at all. In the year 2004 Slovenian group contributed some material to the pages “Resarch & Resources” and “Partner Activities” and some pages have been updated. (Look at www.migrationhistory.com/comenius/index.php?section=research , www.migrationhistory.com/comenius/index.php?section=research&category=educational and www.migrationhistory.com/comenius/index.php?section=activities.) Two new member institutions still haven’t send their information for the web site. A plan for the next year is to put the mentioned research above (when it is done) on web site.

5. Other dissemination activities than internet
Some activities done in the frame of MIR project were published in newspapers and magazines and were also shown on TV. (Look for example slideshow at http://www.migrationhistory.com/comenius/index.php?section=activities&id=33.) Some activities done in the frame of MIR project were joined with other on-going projects. For example: in the framework of the project The state of Archival, Museum and Library Materials among Slovene emigrants around the World a one week seminar for Slovenian emigrant archivist was prepared by the Institute for Slovenian Emigration Studies ZRC SAZU in May 2004. The Institute and Primary School Oskarja Kovačiča organized a discussion with emigrant archivists that was run by pupils. At discussion was also presented MIR project. (Look at http://www.migrationhistory.com/comenius/index.php?section=activities&id=75, http://www.migrationhistory.com/comenius/index.php?section=infoletters&id=110)

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There has been a lot of cooperation and communication with Faculty of Education, University of Ljubljana and The National Education Institute (main educational institutions in Slovenia). They are very familiar with the project. Some persons from these institutions are also very active in the MIR project.

6. Evaluation of work: What can be improved?
Briefly: - to start/extend international activities, - to update and extend the Slovenian part of MIR web site, - to start collaboration with national Socrates agency. There was not a lot of communication with main coordinator in the last year. But his answers to our questions and problems were very fast, detailed and mostly clear.

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