Civic Education in Ukraine

Online courses

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!

Our course “Fundamentals of Energy Co-operation” explains how community members or self-organized groups can become owners of energy infrastructure to stay energy efficient and independent. The Energy Cooperative allows citizens to meet their needs (both individual and community requests) related to energy consumption. These are the most varied needs – from providing the community with the necessary resources (wholesale purchase of firewood or fuel) to the production of heat and power from alternative energy sources. The financial effort of a community or a self-organized group provides tangible benefits to all its members. This instrument has already been used by hundreds of millions of people around the world (primarily in the EU and the US). The course is in Ukrainian. It 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.
All Ukrainian citizens are the clients of administrative services. People need to receive passports, driver’s license and other documents, register a place of residence, marriage, car, real estate, get building permits etc. The issuance of these documents are the administrative services. Most of the administrative services should be provided in single integrated offices – the Administrative Service Centers (ASC). How to provide the best service in the Administrative Service Centers? How to deal with non-standard or conflict situations or create the best conditions for the citizens? This course answers all these questions. The course is based on materials of the Single Requirements for the quality of ASC service, which are recommended by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine. During the course participants can learn from the practical experience of administrative service managers and find out practical psychologist recommendations concerning communication and citizen service. The course is in Ukrainian. It is freely accessible and open to everyone.
This course is developed for those who are ready to make a breakthrough in business or create a unique and successful social project. It is for those who are tired of waiting for changes and ready to start to manage their own life, business, country. "Strategy" and "marketing" are not superfluous words to "management". These are important features of modern management.
  • “Strategic” means to be oriented to the future, it is proactive management.
  • “Marketing” means to be focused on partnership in relationships, consensus in the interests and activities.
The course is based on examples from various fields, but participants are also encouraged to find their own ways. The course is in Ukrainian. It is 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.
Due to an outdated system of housing and communal services management, Ukrainians are obliged to pay a lot of money for heating. At the same time the temperature regime may hardly depend on the sum they are paying. The course shows you how to change this situation. IFC experts of "Energy efficiency in the residential sector of Ukraine" are ready to help. More than a thousand Ukrainians have already used these advices. The course was developed by the IFC team with the support of the Swiss Confederation. It includes only practical recommendations, verified by the experience of work in Ukrainian realities. The course is in Ukrainian. It is freely accessible and open to everyone.
This online course is developed for public activists who wish to improve their knowledge and skills in public event organization. The participants will familiarize themselves with the important rules for successful implementation of creative campaigns. This course is interesting for all those who believe they are changemakers, but do not know where to start with, or how to proceed further in order to achieve their goals. The course is in Russian. It is freely accessible and open to everyone.
Many Ukrainians live in high-rise buildings. Traditionally, the responsibility for order in such buildings was carried by the housing and communal services. But everything has changed now and Ukrainians have the opportunity to be responsible for their own common property. The course shows the process of creating condominiums and organize effective management of the common property. It also explains how to avoid the possible problems during the organization process. The course is in Ukrainian. It is freely accessible and open to everyone.