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!

On February 7, 2019, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the Law “On Amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine (Regarding the Strategic Course of the State to Acquire Ukraine's Full Membership in the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization)”. It was with the adoption of this law that Ukraine first declared its state course towards the EU and NATO in the country's basic law - the Constitution. We are a country that has been subjected to military aggression by the Russian Federation and the occupation of our territories. We have been waging a defensive war for six years, but there are still doubts in society as to whether Ukraine should achieve the membership in the world's most powerful security alliance, which includes developed and democratic countries. So this course is developed for the general public to tell about NATO and explain what kind of organization it is, what principles it includes and what values ​​it is guided by. We are a country where aftereffects of Soviet propaganda can still be notable. And as a result - a country in which a large proportion of people still form their position on NATO, based on various myths and populism of the sympathizers of the "Russian world". Therefore, this course is designed to dispel myths, provide verified information from primary sources, introduce experts who understand the geopolitical importance of the state's course for full membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and understand what we have already done in this direction. And how much we have to do. Citizens lack the arguments to form their own critical stance on NATO and its importance to Ukraine, as well as the importance of Ukraine to NATO. Russia's hybrid war with Ukraine and the civilized world has violated the usual principles of security. Information has become a weapon that more effective than bullets and missiles. This means that Ukrainians need to form their own position, where there will be no place for the tragic Soviet past, but there will be a place for a quality and effective future. The course was developed with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation Representation in Ukraine (Kharkiv). The course is in Ukrainian and it is free.
The course “Act further: Sustainable development for civic activists” is part of an educational product developed by the United Nations Development Program in Ukraine with the financial support of the German Government through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, which also includes the courses “Sustainable development for businesses” and “Sustainable development for civil servants”. This course is an opportunity to understand our own role in the process, regardless of age, position, profession or field of activity. It is today that we need to create not only a reliable, comfortable world, but also the livable environment to pass it to future generations. The task is not easy. Therefore, we need new knowledge and visions of how to proceed - #dali. The course provides the following understanding and skills:
  • Ability to think in the categories of sustainable development.
  • Awareness of personal responsibility for its own impact on sustainable development.
  • Understanding the causal relationships between the economic, environmental and social components of public life.
  • Understanding how to define the goals and objectives of sustainable development for your community, as well as how to involve stakeholders in the partnership.
  • Willingness to play a transformational role and act as an integrator to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in Ukraine.
The course is aimed at representatives of public organizations and united territorial communities, community leaders and activists, who care about economic, environmental and social problems of the country and the world and who seek to be agents of change, to play a transformational role and to build functional partnerships with all stakeholders. The course is in Ukrainian. It is free of charge and open to everyone.
This course is for those who want to make improvements in their apartment blocks. The information is given in a simple way so each person can easily learn how to organize the management of an apartment block and understand what else the housing and communal services reform provides for co-owners of apartment buildings. During the course, participants will be able to gain knowledge in particular on the following issues:
  • What is an apartment building and what is the property of all the co-owners;
  • How co-owners can operate their apartment block;
  • How to hold a meeting of co-owners and arrange housekeeping;
  • Who is the manager and how to attract or refuse his services;
  • What is the difference between the manager and the housing office of the old model;
  • How to create a condominium (apartment blocks joint owners association);
  • What are the options for homeowners through condominiums?
  • What does the reform of housing and communal gives for the co-owners of apartment buildings?
  • What happens if the co-owners do nothing for the apartment block?
The online course was prepared within the framework of the project “Energy Efficiency in the Housing Sector of Ukraine”, implemented by the International Finance Corporation (IFC, World Bank Group) with the financial support of the Swiss Confederation. The course is in Ukrainian. It is free of charge.
In 2020 the moratorium on land sales can be lifted, and Ukrainian citizens will be involved in deciding how the land market in Ukraine should work. So it is the responsibility that requires an understanding of the problem and making the right choice by everyone. The team of NGO OUM with the group of experts have developed the course "The truth about the land: moratorium VS market". This course is discovering the following topics:
  • Why does Ukraine need the Land Market?
  • Why is the land reform affecting every citizen?
  • What social and economic problems does the moratorium create? Why does the moratorium violate property rights?
  • Who are the main stakeholders in the land reform and how will they be affected by the launch of the land market?
  • What is wrong with the land reform referendum?
  • What are the myths about the moratorium and the land market that are discussed in the Ukrainian society?
The course is in Ukrainian. It is free of charge and open to everyone.
Sociologists say that 60% of adults in Ukraine in 2018 have not read any books. Some people think that it is a terrible situation and fall of the cultural level. For others, it is a challenge and possibilities to work with the huge audience that should be attracted to the literature perception and consumption.
  • What are successful literary projects in our realities?
  • What if the library has no visitors?
  • How a publishing house can attract money?
  • Is it possible to combine creativity, expenses and rational things?
For this course we have invited professionals who know the answers to these questions and are happy to share with you. Throughout the course "Literary Management: Expenses and Muses", the experts from the project and grant management, publishing, marketing communications and cultural innovation spheres will share with you their own knowledge and experience, teach you how to create and manage successful literary and publishing projects in your community, tell about the resources and opportunities that are available to expand your sector. The course is in Ukrainian and free of charge.
The Kharkiv office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the NGO OUM launched the new online course "Social Market Economy Principles". The social market economy is not the complicated and theoretical concept, but one of the keys of success of post-war Germany – the European country with the leading economy in terms of economic development, standard of living and social standards. But only narrow specialists in Ukraine aware about this effective economic model. This knowledge was not widely spread. Now there is the online course that gives access to information and provides an opportunity to gain knowledge. The course "Social Market Economy Principles" answers the following questions:
  • What is the Social Market Economy?
  • How did it become the basis of the German economic miracle?
  • Why is Germany not the "capitalist" country?
  • What lessons can be learned from the German experience for Ukraine?
The course is free and open to anyone. The language of the course is Ukrainian.
If you are looking for ideas and ways to develop your library, this course is for you. There are valuable tips and innovations that can be implemented in life even with limited resources. These are the examples that will help convince local governments that a wealthy community starts with the library. This is the vision that reliable partners will share with you. The course is aimed at employees of small libraries (urban, district, rural), who sincerely seek the ways to make their library modern and open to different categories of users. The online course was developed by the Ukrainian Library Association, with the support of the United Nations Peacebuilding and Reconstruction Program. The UN Peacebuilding and Peacebuilding Program is being implemented by four UN agencies: The United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the UN Structure on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment (UN Women), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The program is supported by eleven international partners: The European Union, the European Investment Bank, as well as the governments of the United Kingdom, Denmark, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Switzerland, Sweden, and Japan. The course is in Ukrainian. It  is free of charge and opened to everyone!
We have developed this complex program to help each citizen quickly gain the knowledge how to build a real dialogue with the authorities: "What is being done? Why? Whose benefit? How does it improve the quality of our lives? " The program includes the following courses:
  • Public Control
  • Community & Authorities: Productive Channels of Influence
  • Activism in the Digital Sphere: Toolkit of E-Democracy
  • Combating Corruption in the Government Procurement Sphere
  • Public Contracts and Civil Society Monitoring
  • Digital Public Registers
All the courses that are part of the program are freely available and open to everyone.
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.   
Cognition is an incredible human skill. People develop, evolve and solve various problems, deal with challenges.   Does brain work differently?  Imagine a situation where a supercomputer is given to different people. They will use it within their own skills and understanding. Some will browse the net or Skype with their friends. Some will play games, some will use office programs, and some will code, trade or mine cryptocurrency. The same device can be used differently. We use the brain pretty the same way. It is proved that thinking skills (effective use of the brain) can be developed.   When we talk about developing thinking skills, it is important to remember that there is no “right” or “wrong” thinking. The thinking process can be logical, analytical, critical, abstract and creative. It can be comprehensive and flexible. That are you thinking and that makes it unique.    Our complex program “School of Effective Thinking” provides you with opportunities for various thinking skills training. The program consists of the courses: 
  •  “Creative thinking” 
  • “Introduction to critical thinking”
  •  “Strategic thinking”
  •  “Integral dynamics. Evolution of thinking, leadership, economics, and politics” 
  •  “Sustainable development: a new philosophy of thinking”
 Courses are in Ukrainian or Russian. They are freely available and open to everyone.