The Fund is an international donor organization, established in 2000 by the governments of the Visegrad Group countries—Czech, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia to promote regional cooperation in the Visegrad region (V4) as well as between the V4 region and other countries, especially in the Western Balkan and Eastern Partnership regions. The Fund does so by awarding €8 million through grants, scholarships and artist residencies provided annually by equal contributions of all the V4 countries. 

Visegrad Fund seeks organizations that aim to share knowledge, enhance innovation and engage citizens in the Visegrad region and across Central and Eastern Europe. Visegrad Funds wants to partner with those that can make a difference—no matter if you they are a small civic group focused on the local community, or an experienced, nation-wide organization.

Organization provides funding to a diverse range of activities in all areas of life. From small cross-border projects that strive to improve mutual understanding in the border areas to multilateral initiatives with potential to benefit people across the whole region.

The Conference of Ministers of Foreign Affairs (CM) is the supreme decision making body of the Fund. The conference consists of the Ministers of the Foreign Affairs of the Visegrad Group countries and meets at least once a year in a member state holding the annual rotating presidency. The CM determines the amounts of annual contributions from every V4 member state, approves the rules of procedure of the Fund’s secretariat, and approves the Fund’s budget

The Council of Ambassadors (CA) approves projects recommended for funding by the Fund. The council consists of Ambassadors of the V4 member states accredited to the member state which currently holds the presidency of the Conference of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and meets at least once every six months. The CA drafts up programs and documents for the sessions of the Conference of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, ensures monitoring, control, and evaluation of the Fund’s operations.

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About the project

Mountains in the years of children – prevention and education educational project prepared by Mountain Rescue Voluntary Service with their partners: The Slovak Mountain Rescue Team from Slovak Republic and VAKUFORM s.r.o from Czech Republic financed by Visegrad Fund.

The project starts on 1st of October 2019 and finishes on 31st of July 2020.

The main purposes of the project are focused on: 

1) education children how to behave in safety way in mountains and respect natural environment, animals leaving in mountains and forests; 

2) convincing children that spending free time in mountains, forests is better that spending the time playing computer games because of their health and active style of life; 

3) believing that children can convince their parents, friends to spend free time in mountains – changing the style of life of broader part of the society – not only the children; 

4) planning to organise open workshops in mountains and learn children orientation in mountains using natural signs and electronic, free application of mountain rescue service; 

5) indicating important, actual problem – that we should look after our natural environment and avoid leaving any kind of rubbish. 

The current situation of mountain awareness within young part of the society is still very law. Young part of the society doesn’t spend much time in forests and mountains, doesn’t care about natural environment, they don’t know how to help in case of emergency situation. Those facts convince the Polish mountain rescue service to prepare the educational training programme for schools (children and teachers) how to promote healthy style and behavior code in mountain. The project gives the possibility to prepare interesting and very useful common programme of workshops, which can be easily used by teachers at schools to transfer the knowledge after the project finishes. Workshops run by rescue service members can influence on children and convince them to start healthy style of spending the time in mountains with families and friends and how to help other on mountain track and save natural environment.

Partners 

Mountain Rescue Volountary Group, Poland

The mission of GOPR is focused on saving people’s life and environmental protection actions. Moreover the mission is focused on education and prevention – how to behave in mountains and save natural environment. The project helps also to fulfill the third mission of GOPR – actions focused on local society. GOPR is experienced in social and educational actions – as they are cooperating with local authorities, non-governmental organization and education sector. They participate in national and international culture, scientific conferences and festivals, which topic and content are focused on saving people, protection natural environment and rescue services. GOPR’s members are having enormous knowledge from above area, which can be in interesting way transferred to both adult and young audience. 

Find more: www.beskidy.gopr.pl

The Slovak Mountain Rescue Team, Slovak Republic

The Slovak Mountain Rescue Team provides national and international search and rescue operations in difficult terrains in close cooperation with other national rescue services as well as its international partners. The Slovak Mountain Rescue Team runs also its educational and prevention mission by organizing various training camps for children in Mala Fatra as well as workshops at schools. 

The Mountain Rescue Service of Slovakia was officially founded as a nationwide (at that time Czechoslovakia) emergency service on December 1, 1954, although the history of mountain rescue dates more than 200 years back. 

Find more: www.horskasluzba.com

VAKUFORM s.r.o., Czech Republic

VAKUFORM s.r.o. company has been cooperating with both partners for ages within various training programmes, symposiums and conferences. The company is focused on research and producing the equipment, clothes and necessary staff for rescue mountain services. The company is very active during common workshops to get better knowledge about needs in mountains due to the equipment. In project their knowledge will be very useful, especially in the part how and what kind of the equipment should be uses in mountain.