5. LA Bratislava: SDG 4 & 8

From 13th to 17th of May 2019 (27th to 31th of May 2019) Pontis Foundation will host the fifth learning activity in Bratislava, Slovakia. Methodology of this learning activity will consist of lectures, presentations, discussion and interactive workshops. During those five days, project partners and the representatives of companies and decision makers (in a live manner and via Skype) from each project partner country will educate each other and share practices when it comes to measuring social impact of companies regarding the SDGs as well as measuring the integration of socially-oriented SDGs in their business models that builds upon the UN guidelines. Social Sustainable Development Goals of each learning activity are chosen on the basis of their complementarity, as well as according to the knowledge and the expertise of the project partner responsible for the topic. The participants of this learning activity, as others, will be employees and project managers of each project partner organizations. Employees and project managers of each project partner organization have required knowledge, expertise and skills in sustainability in order to participate and conduct each learning activity, as well as assure the overall success of the project.

During five days of the fourth learning activity, following project partners will present the following SDGs:

PONTIS FOUNDATION: Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality education - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all 

Achieving inclusive and quality education is seen as one of the most powerful and proven vehicles for sustainable development, which is why education is one of the most important topics for Pontis Foundation. Pontis supports integration of development education at universities and high schools in Slovakia by raising awareness of global issues and their role in making a positive change in the world. Development education emphasizes learning in a global context. Within its Development Education program, Pontis Foundation focuses on integration of development education at universities through active cooperation with academics and teachers. Essential for their work is creating and providing lecturers with methodical and educational materials. They also focus on coordinating a working group of academics, university lecturers, researches and NGO representatives to create a network of active experts in the field of development education. After successful implementation of the first pilot mini-course about development education in Slovakia at the Slovak Agricultural University, Pontis aims to establish the first study course of development in the long run. Also, Pontis brings development education to high schools and business academies through cooperation under their Kenyan project Sote ICT.

In this five-day Learning Activity, Pontis Foundation will bring together experts and business representatives, in order to share experience with implementation of the innovative educational approaches, business education, skills for jobs, as well as good practices from Slovak NGOs, educational institutions, companies, as well as international companies residing in Slovakia. Pontis Foundation will invite representatives of Slovak Ministry of Education and Finance, educational institutions, company representatives and other relevant stakeholders that will share their practice and experience.

DATAMARAN: Sustainable Development Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all  

Since SDGl 8 aims at promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all, the role of the business for this SDG is crucial. Businesses are the engine of job creation, inclusion and development opportunities and many issues are related to their role: employment, economic inclusion, non-discrimination, capacity building, local development, skilled workforce, elimination of forced and compulsory labour. Assessing the level of preparedness to this SDG requires a complex approach, given the multidisciplinary nature of these issues. Companies and sectors should be analysed looking at their best practices, audits processes, compliance to mandatory and voluntary regulatory standards.

During the learning activity, project partners will work on the development of webinars and a handbook about the above stated topics.