Civic Education in Ukraine

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The first experience of the Open University of Maidan (OUM) activities helped us to make several important conclusions. First of all, our team should apply different approaches and observe the issues from different perspectives to implement changes as it is hard to realize what will be needed in the process, what programs should be outlined and how to establish a systematic approach in one’s studying. Gained experience supported us in our decision to create “Concerned Activist’s School” educational program. This school is the result of facilitators', psychologists', activists', and leaders’ work. Implementing the experience of 26 events we had held all over Ukraine, we transformed the School into a branch of massive open online courses that provide a balanced and comprehensive base of knowledge about public activism, have straight structure and deliver simple and precise messages.
It is extremely crucial that “Concerned Activist’s School” as many other complex programs by the OUM is always changing and adopting concerning demands of the society and patterns of its development. But how does it actually works? If you are interested in one of our massive open online courses and sign up for it, our platform automatically signs you up for all the online courses of this program. Complex programs require not only the successful ending of the particular online courses but final assignment completing. When you end the course you may get your Certificate. This part contains complex solutions of the issues in the civil society sphere. The main objective of the complex programs is to help us with an efficient understanding of the courses and experts effectiveness in answering complicated questions that are on your list. Topics of our courses may correlate with your particular problems and may be instrumental in the troubleshooting process. The platform creates new opportunities for those responsible and active members of the communities who are ready to change themselves and their communities. Choose your program now and enjoy the education process on the OUM!



There we speak about two important issues: online communication and digital security. So, you can learn how to communicate effectively and do not risk personal data at the same time.  After completing this course, you will learn: 
  • How to protect mail and personal files from undesirable shares? 
  • How to choose perfect passwords and where to store them? 
  • How to set up your computer for safe work on the Internet? 
  • How social networks help you at work; 
  • How to respond to negative comments and manage communication crisis; 
  • What are the hidden features of Facebook, Twitter or YouTube that will help you at work? 
We created the course grounding on more than 100 hours of trainings with the people's deputies and their assistants, which we had already held within USAID Rada Program. The program is implemented by the Eastern Europe Foundation together with Internews-Ukraine NGO and its partners.  The course is open for everyone. 
Due to an outdated system of thinking, Ukrainians need to be explained the difference between the owner of a private house and the owner of the apartment blocks. It is not obvious to everyone that there may be many co-owners in the apartment building and problems may seem alien until the moment when the water leaks through the holey roof. To make decisions, people need to be ready to communicate, negotiate, persuade, and defend their own position. Apartment buildings co-owners should become a community and take responsibility for their property. The basis of the common resources management of the community is the advocacy of the legitimate rights and each owner responsibilities. This complex program aims to provide a full range of knowledge of common property management and includes the following courses:
  • Energy Efficiency of the apartment blocks in practice
  • Effective Management of Common Property through Condominiums
  • How to deal with household waste
  • Fundamentals of Energy Co-operation
  • Project Management
Communication unit
  • Introduction to Mediation
  • Who is Who? Psychological Age of People and Communities
All the courses are freely accessible and open to everyone.
The Conscious Citizen School is a complex program of civic education launched by the founders of the Open University of Maidan and the Dialogue on Maidan initiative in January-February 2014. The purpose of this program is the formation of proactive civil society in the Ukrainian regions: assistance to local activists in search ideas and formation of teams that will realize different projects in their communities to change the situation for the better. The program comprises 10 courses and covers various aspects of the development at the personal and institutional levels. All the courses are freely accessible and open to everyone.
This course is not about yoga, mediums or mass media. It considers an effective communication that allows to find a solution that satisfies both sides of the communication process. The course provides basic concepts of mediation methods and presents effective ways of conflict solving. This course is for those who want to understand their own desires, and also meet the other person needs. It is also for those who deal with conflict situations and want to learn how to solve them. The use of some mediation methods becomes clear immediately after the course completion. All interested people are provided with special opportunities for further trainings. The course is in Russian. It is freely accessible and open to everyone.
It is well known that values determine human behavior. Most of our values are formed at the age of 12-14 years old. The world is changing rapidly. Historical events, economic crises, social processes, technology development have a significant impact on how our life changes every 15-20 years. Nevertheless, we are surprised that people of various ages often can’t find an understanding and look at the same things in very different ways. This phenomenon is explained by the theory of generations. According to this theory, every 20 years a new generation of people is formed. These generations have different life perceptions, values, differing views on family building, careers, relaxation, communication with friends and interaction with each other. These and many other interesting issues are considered in this course. The course is in Ukrainian. It is freely accessible and open to everyone.
This course is an introduction to integral dynamics which is an effective model of the evolution of thinking, leadership and management. It describes the development of psychosocial systems on different levels, such as a person, a company, people, and humanity. The course allows to learn how the values ​​and ways of thinking influence people’s behavior, why people often can’t come up with effective ways of managing subordinates. It allows to analyze the diversity of management cultures and learn how to accept the position of colleagues, see opportunities and ways to improve yourself and your team. The course also shows the evolution of thinking and its influence on the evolution of economic relations, political systems, cultures and religions, national identity, etc. The course is in Ukrainian. It is freely accessible and open to everyone.
This course is for active citizens who participate in social and business projects and are interested in personal and professional development. It helps to understand the one’s true desires, needs and values. The problem is that people may experience the same states and according to this they form social groups. To cooperate successfully within the working groups one should clearly understand members of these groups as well as their motives. Many public projects fail and many businesses went bankrupt just because many do not understand the peculiarities of cooperation. The course discovers and helps to realize aspects that are crucial for effective collective work. The course is in Russian. It is freely accessible and open to everyone.
This course is for the people who are interested in applying stories in the business and social life. This interactive course allows developing both - an educational and creative skills. Using them you can refine your ability to analyze, design and transfer your experience in stories and in such a way improve your communicative and public speaking skills. Stories are easier for perception and information that’s delivered through stories is remembered much better. The course is in Ukrainian. It is freely accessible and open to everyone.
The course allows learning sign language that people with hearing problem use to communicate. It explains what is deafness, social problems of hearing impaired people have, discovers the concept of an inclusive society and the principle of equality. The course is in Ukrainian and Russian. It is freely accessible and open to everyone.