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!



We have created this course to help our listeners to figure out what is the essence behind political parties and spectrum. Our experts explain the basics of the ideology, its key aspects: what is being left or right, conservative or libertarian, who are populists and extremists.    The course helps you to analyze politicians’ actions, promises and mottos before the Presidential and Parliament Elections adequately. What are the ideologies and what are the motives of the political powers that we know?    Watch out! The conclusions you get may be frightful.     We need to understand who is who. What is different and what is common in political parties and movements? What are the ideological differences between them, and can they form political alliances? Once per 4-5 years, we vote for candidates, so we ought to understand the consequences of our choices and analyze critically political promises we hear. We should realize your voice is not for sale as it is about values.    The course is in Ukrainian. It is free-of-charge and available for everyone.       Course creation was supported by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Ukraine Kharkiv Office.   
We and EdEra created two courses about Medical Information Systems – The Principles of Medical Reform with a help of eHealth – for doctors and administration. Medical Informational Systems allow the patient to receive high-quality service from the doctors. It also allows controlling the effectiveness of the money and recourses use at the medical institutions and lessen potential corruption risks. eHealth allows creating one system to coordinate all health care activities – medical practice, medical institutions management, medical law, pharmaceutics and informational support for the patients. eHealth implementation takes time and has many iterations. The first iteration is to involve all the centers and doctors that provide First Aid and Emergency services. So that we created these courses to standardize the approach of eHealth implementation in different regions of Ukraine. This course was created by OUM and EdEra with support from U-LEAD with Europe and collaboration with Estonian Agency eGovernance Academy. The course is in Ukrainian. It is free-of-charge and available for everyone.
The Open University of Maidan and Klaudia Shevelyuk, the founder of the Responsible Future initiative and sustainable development consultant, created a course “Sustainable development: a new philosophy of thinking”. UNDP in Ukraine recommends the course for studying and supports its promotion.    The expert emphasizes the following issues in the course:  
  •  Sustainable Development and its core principles;  
  •  The philosophical concept of Sustainable Thinking;  
  •  Who are the stakeholders of the Sustainable Development, what are their goals and values;  
  •  17 Sustainable Development Goals by UN, agendas till 2030 and Ukrainian plan to achieve these goals;  
  •  Application of the knowledge about Sustainable Development in practice.  
The course is for those who are not ready to be idle witnesses of the vastest changes on the planet. It is for those who want to think, plan and act understanding these changes.    The course is free-of-charge and available for everyone. 
Academic Integrity is a foundation of a high-quality education.    Higher Education in Ukraine is transforming and developing gradually. Implementation of the academic integrity principles in studying, teaching and science is a key element of higher education development.    We developed an online course about the Academic Integrity to let the students, lectors, scientists, managers, and directors of higher education institutions implement its principles in practice.    The course describes the following issues:  
  • What is academic integrity?  
  • What is plagiarism?  
  • How to avoid plagiarism in academic writing?  
  • What are the preconditions of creating an area of academic integrity?  
  • How to create an area of academic integrity in the university?
The course is open for everyone. 
Ukrainians are still asking:
  • Do we need Europe? 
  • What is the European Association Agreement? 
  • What does the phrase "European integration of Ukraine" mean?  
  • What is the European idea (or ideas)? Where does it end? 
  • How was the European Union been formed? What are its values? 
The course - "What is a European idea?" - answers these questions. The course avoids stereotypical views on European-Ukrainian relations. This is a broad view of Europe – to politics, economy, culture, history and literature. Why there would be no European integration be without the French Revolution, why there would be no European Community without the Suez crisis, and why there would be no declaration of human rights without sentimental novels? Why is it important for modern Ukraine to "build Europe at home"?  The course is freely accessible and open to everyone!
While developing this complex program, we aimed to overcome the stereotypes that are quite popular in our society. Many people may think like “Government will take care of my retirement”. But this is the wrong approach. Everyone should take responsibility for individual financial situation and its future development. At the moment we offer the following courses in the program:
  • Basics of Personal and Family Budget
  • Credits for non-professional
  • Financial Support of Management
These courses cover the basic aspects of financial management at the personal and institutional levels. All courses included in this program are freely available.
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 inspires to read of classical philosophical and literary works that had an impact on the development of socio-political consciousness of modern society. The purpose of the course is to get acquainted with the texts of philosophical and classical literature, focusing on such issues as "the state", "society", "community", "person", "freedom", "choice", "right", "duty", etc.  After completion of the course, participants will know texts that can help to become better citizens, or to form their own civic position. The course is in Ukrainian. It is freely accessible and open to everyone.
It is widely known that civil society is an integral part of a developed democratic state. Therefore, it is necessary to understand the main points that influence its formation, as well as facilitate the establishment of effective dialogue and interaction with the authorities. This course helps participants to form a practical understanding of how people can engage in policy development processes at the local and national levels. In addition, the course guests are well-known activists and public figures who will share their experience to implement changes using existing instruments of influence. The course is in Ukrainian. It is freely accessible and open to everyone.