Суспільна
Служба
України
полтавська філія

Суспільна
Служба
України
полтавська філія

 

Let’s be active in local communities: exciting civic education

In the 10-day exchange “Let’s be active in local communities” under the Program of the Polish-Ukrainian Council of Youth Exchanges, which took place at the Center for Environmental Education in the village of Ozhenna (Poland), 40 participants from Ukraine and Poland took part. The participants from the Ukrainian side were young people who currently live in the Yaselsky District (Podkarpattia Voivodeship). Some of them were representatives of the Poltava branch of the Public Service of Ukraine.

The main goal of the project, which was defined by the participants, was the acquisition of knowledge and civic competences important for active participation in the life of local communities. The work during the exchange was carried out using the tools of non-formal education, and its aim was to prepare the participants for participation in public life and to raise awareness of how local communities function, such as a commune in Poland and a community in Ukraine. The project helped answer the question of how young people can participate in the life of their communities and what role they should play. Through the use of respectful and simulation games, young people have learned that civic education can be exciting and worth getting involved in. In addition, there were study visits, integration, language and cultural events that contributed to mutual understanding, international cooperation and the promotion of European integration. During the exchange, the participants gained practical experience in various areas of social life, such as volunteering, ecology, modern art as a way of solving social problems, inclusion and methods of rehabilitation of persons with disabilities, in particular hippotherapy.

The project was implemented by the “Initiative” Foundation (Lenzyny, Poland).
More details: https://www.facebook.com/Badzmyaktywniw

The project received funding from the Polish-Ukrainian Youth Exchange Council from a grant from the Ministry of Education and Science.