Apr 20

The project «TEACHING SOCIAL MEDIA TO YOUNG ACTIVISTS OF CRIMEAN LOCAL COMMUNITIES» is ended

In April 2014, our organization has successfully completed the project «TEACHING SOCIAL MEDIA TO YOUNG ACTIVISTS OF CRIMEAN LOCAL COMMUNITIES». This project was realized with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine

It is possible to say about the interest in the project from the Crimean youth and the part of the Crimean government, which mostly interfered in the conduct of this project.

A large group of Crimean youth (about 100 people) were trained skills with social media and content.

Educational materials on foundations of promoting content in social networks were sent to 50 members of the target group, Crimean NGOs and youth activists.

Trainings graduates were using thereceived during the sessions skills to highlight local issues in social networks and to put pressure on local authorities.

Thanks to the pressure from local authorities (Ukrainian, and later – Russian), graduates of our training sessions have received not only theoretical knowledge, but also have had the opportunity to apply this knowledge in practice. Creation of groups / pages in social networks will be continue to be filled with content from the participants of our training and advancing in the Crimean Internet space.

Our organization evaluates the results of the project and its effectiveness in positive way. All planned events as a part of the project (except the final press conference) took place. Trainings graduates still use the skills obtained during the project to highlight local issues in social networks and to impact on local authorities. Resistance in the project and the pressure on the performers indicates fear from the side of the Crimean authorities before the possibilities of the activists, who use social networks in their activities. This is another proof of the effectiveness of the project. But the project would be more effective if not the Russian occupation of the Crimea. Due to it, it was very difficult to complete this project and implement all planned activities. Some of our activists and trainers were facing a lot of pressure from the occupying power (even physical pressure) and some activists were forced to leave the region. But we coped with the tasks, implemented all project activities (except the final press conference) and led the project to its logical conclusion.

We have plans to continue a similar project in the South and East of Ukraine. First, in these regions there is a big problem with the influence of community activists on local authorities. Activists from these regions need skills to work with social media, and, most importantly, skills on creation and promotion their own content. Second, our organization has experience in effective implementation of such project in a similar region.

Nov 20

Completing of the project “Teaching Crimean youth skills how to use democratic mechanisms to protect their human rights”

In September 20143, our organization has successfully completed the project  “Teaching Crimean youth skills how to use democratic mechanisms to protect their human rights”. The project was aimed to promote democratic outlook of Crimean youth and to form the interest in democratic standards among young people by providing information about how to use democratic mechanisms to protect human rights and about the respect for democratic values. The project started on September 30th 2012 and ended on September 30th 2013 with the support of the European Commission in Ukraine and it was an attempt to study the level of acceptance and understanding of democratic standards and values by youth in Crimea and implementation of an awareness-raising campaign.

In the framework of the project there were the following types of activities:

- A survey to assess awareness among the youth in the Crimea about democratic standards was conducted;

- A topic methodical brochure was designed; it represents materials that are helpful for exploring the relevant issues features in Ukrainian society in terms of protecting the human rights and freedoms. The brochure was distributed among the Crimean young, participants of seminars, public authorities, the media, etc. (overall circulation is 4,000 copies);

- A wide awareness campaign in the media of Crimea was organized to attract public attention to issues of legal competency;

- Educational trainings and seminars were conducted; special attention was paid to students and teachers of the Crimean universities;

- A round-table for representatives of the Crimean authorities, journalists and NGO representatives was organized;

- A contest of creative works among the most active participants of trainings on topics of democratic development and history of formation of civic society in the world was carried out.

As a result of the project, by several times the level of professional and general education of the youth increased through training of the most active representatives of the Crimean youth skills how to use democratic mechanisms to protect their rights and interests at all levels of interaction between NGOs and governments.

The project had a particular importance of such events in the context of European integration of Ukraine and promotion in local society a conscious interest in the study of “democratic values” among Crimeans and implementation of European standards into main spheres of life.

Social importance of the project was in organization within the Crimean society a public debate about the necessity of democratic choice of Crimeans. Project was aimed at promoting democratic standards and European values ​​among the Crimean citizens, especially among young people in Crimea. Project provided information and educational operating among young people of Crimea to train skills to use democratic mechanisms to protect their own rights and interests, to promote democratic values ​​in Crimea, to form an interest to Europe and other democratic countries.

A particular achievement as a result of this project is to increase the number of young members of the organizations involved in the project. These people were directly involved in training and creative contests. They are an active part of the Crimean society, including students, young teachers, journalists, members of public organizations, NGO, etc. The main purpose of choosing this group of people caused by their capacity to spread the ideas of the project in the local professional communities.

 

Nov 07

ON OCTOBER 1ST THE PROJECT “TEACHING CRIMEAN YOUTH ON SKILLS HOW TO USE DEMOCRATIC MECHNISMS TO PROTECT THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS” WAS STARTED UNDER THE SUPPORT OF THE EUROPEAN COMISSION IN UKRAINE

NGO “All-Crimean association of voters for civic peace and inter-ethnic harmony” initiated the project “Teaching Crimean youth on skills how to use democratic mechanisms to protect their human rights”. The project aims to promote democratic outlook of Crimean youth and to form among young people the interest in democratic standards by providing information on how to use democratic mechanisms to protect human rights and on the respect for democratic values. The project started on October 1st 2012 with the support of the European Commission in Ukraine and it is an attempt to study the level of acceptance and understanding of democratic standards and values by youth in the Crimea and implementation of an awareness-raising campaign.

In the framework of the project there are the following types of activities:

  • conduct a survey to assess awareness among the youth in the Crimea about democratic standards;

  • writing and distributing brochures among the Crimean young, participants of seminars, public authorities, the media, etc. Brochure will represent materials that are helpful for exploring the relevant issues features in Ukrainian society in terms of protecting the human rights and freedoms;

  • organization of wide awareness campaign in the media of the Crimea to attract public attention to issues of legal competency;

  • conducting of educational trainings and seminars on research topics for students and teachers of the Crimean universities;

  • organization of a round-table for representatives of the Crimean authorities, journalists and NGO representatives;

  • carrying out of a competition of creative works among the most active participants of trainings on topics of democratic development and history of formation of civic society in the world.

    As a result of the project, we expect to enhance of professional and general education of the youth in help with training group of the most active representatives of the Crimean youth on skills use democratic mechanisms to protect their rights and interests at all levels of interaction between NGOs and governments.

    The project has a particular importance of such events in the context of European integration Ukraine and promotion in society conscious interest in the study of “democratic values” among Crimeans and implementation of European standards into all spheres of life.