Fund B92 was created in 2004 as an umbrella NGO for the nonprofit activities previously organized and conducted by the well-known radio and television station B92. Its mission is to contribute to the development of a tolerant and responsible society; improve socio-cultural circumstances of vulnerable groups through the humanitarian, philanthropic, and socially responsible actions and projects; and promote, educate, and inform the public about social values such as volunteerism, activism, philanthropy, and social responsibility. Continuing its parent station’s groundbreaking approach of using contemporary media to promote democratic values, the organization launched the human rights festival project Free Zone (www.freezonebelgrade.org) in 2005. Since then, Free Zone has developed several approaches to reaching different target groups. Free Zone Junior, for example, tailors and implements activities with and for younger generations, including the use of documentary film in classrooms.
People in Need (PIN) (www.clovekvtisni.cz) is an independent, nonprofit organization based in Prague. One of the leading democracy-building NGOs in the Czech Republic and Europe, PIN conducts activities in three areas: democracy, human rights, independent media and culture; emergency relief and humanitarian aid; and minority rights and repatriation. Its origins date back to 1988, when Simon Panek and other university students in Prague organized an independent action for the victims of the earthquake in Armenia. A public appeal generated mass support and collected and delivered more than 50 tons of supplies in what was one of the first stirrings of civil society in communist Czechoslovakia. Since it was formally established in 1992, PIN has provided democracy, relief, rehabilitation, and other forms of assistance in over 40 countries and regions around the world.
Within its education program, PIN created the “One World in Schools” program (www.oneworldinschools.cz), which uses documentary films and other audio-visual materials to educate students from elementary schools to universities on human rights and democracy. Built on the success and experience of its own One World Film Festival, currently the largest human rights film festival in Europe, PIN developed educational modules with documentary films and accompanying materials to help teachers educate their students about tolerance and respect for the rights of others, which are essential values and principles for a democratic society. In the Czech Republic, this educational program has been implemented for more than a decade. The materials are currently used by teachers in over 3,000 primary and secondary schools throughout the country. In 2009, this groundbreaking methodology was piloted in Lebanon. That year, One World in Schools received the World Aware Education Award from the Council of Europe, in recognition for excellence in networking, partnership and coordination.
This project is based on the successful pilot that has been implemented at University of Belgrade with the support of PIN, OWIS programme and Free Zone. There was established Film in classrooms as elective subject and was greatly welcomed by students.
Based on this experience, DokuFest joins the effort to offer this innovative and effective education tool to students in Kosovo together with professors from University of Prizren.