Cross-sectoral conference: "The key to inclusion"
On Thursday 17 November 2016 cross-sectoral consultation "The key to inclusion" took place in the great hall of the Faculty of Social Sciences. The conference served as a mechanism to identify successful ways of cooperation between various organizations and institutions at the local level. The objectives of the conference were the endeavour for a more inclusive society and formulation of the recommendations for the local community. The conference was intended for representatives of youth organizations, municipalities, primary and secondary schools, representatives of social work centres, people’s universities, the employment services and representatives of other NGOs. The participants were provided with a place for discussion and networking during the conference.
After the welcoming speech from Dr. Deželan, the Minister of Education, Science and Sport, dr. Maja Makovec Brenčič gave a short speech. This was followed by the presentations of good practices from various sectors at the local level as well as presentations of good practices from individual actors. Our colleague Miha Zimšek presented a good practice gamify democracy. After the presentations, Dr. Deželan helped participants to reflect about the meaning and the use of the mechanism of good practice (what actually a "good practice" is, which are the key features of the initiative, commonly referred to as a good practice).
In the afternoon, the youth writer Žiga X Gombač shared his thoughts and views on inclusive society. The conference was concluded with recommendations, formed when the participants were working in the groups. The recommendations will serve as guidelines for further work in this area. All the groups came to the conclusion that it would be necessary to organize such working consultations at the local level. Local actors know each other and could prepare micro plans tailored to their local realities and needs.