PiNA was founded in 1998 at the Initiative of the Open Society Institute. Today, the Association for Culture and Education PiNA is a Europe Direct Information Centre, a Eurodesk regional partner, a regional Centre for Intercultural Dialogue, a regional NGO's HUB and a youth centre with the status of operating in the public interest in the field of youth.
PiNA has experience with coordination of international projects (Interreg Danube, Erasmus+, Europe for Citizens, European Social Fund, Norway’s Financial Mechanism) and has a wide thematic reach (active citizenship, youth employment, socially responsible entrepreneurship, capacity building of/for NGOs, non-formal education). PiNA’s educators and expert trainers are qualified in youth education, social participation, integration of immigrants and democratic practices.
PiNA is specialized in the development of educational modules and didactics and has three experienced trainers that have worked for national ministries, the Council of Europe, Erasmus+ national operators and similar institutions. PiNA has experience in organizing and implementing workshops in schools/youth NGOs and has developed a strong relationship with many primary and secondary schools in Slovenia and local and national youth NGOs.
PiNA highly believes in the promotion of immigrants as equal social actors in local communities, the representation of people who contribute to the local society and in the development of their skills. It is therefore closely involved in the integration process of migrants (of different backgrounds) and in the promotion of intercultural dialogue as a two-way process. One of its focus is the promotion of collaboration among the local population and immigrants and voluntary work among both through the development and implementation of educational and other tools.