The Latvian association ‘Integration Center’, founded in 2010 by social workers, psychologists and pedagogues was essentially established to identify pedagogical and community work based methods to foster an inclusive society on state and community level, working top-down as well as bottom-up, thus targeting all levels of society.
The main goal of the organization is to support and encourage every persons’ rights on integration without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Practically the NGO aims to strengthen both the formal as well as the non-formal civil society and to launch civic education campaigns and activities in order to promote ‘integration’ as such and a divert and balanced social inclusive society in particular. Due to various experiences, discovering a lack of an active and inclusive integration-policy, the founding members of the association started already in 2009 to carry out specific actions in order to support the group of so called ‘third-state’-citizens focussing on their specific needs in individual consultation and language and civic education, hence supporting both, public service institutions and concerned individuals equally. Currently, the association is preparing the long term pilot program working with local libraries combining cultural education and community development in rural municipalities in Latvia. European cooperation and exchange is regarded as essential for the conceptual and practical development of the organisation and especially this program. Regarding the learning partnership, the Center proposed to coordinate the development and implementation of training modules, due to the vast training and facilitation experience of its staff, members and partners.
Project: local project intercontexts_lv
Atis Jakovļevs is a civil engineer specialized in geomatics (B.Sc) and a qualified spatial planner (M.Sc).
With working experience in various planning projects his main competencies are in collaborative
planning approaches and Urbanism.