Online seminars and volunteer activities: EENCE Network participants told about the results of 2020, which they are proud of
EENCE members from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine share their achievements in the field of civic education.
Gulnara Ismailova (Education HUB, Baku, Azerbaijan):
Due COVID-19 pandemic period our team transferred all activities from offline to online.
I am proud that we managed to transfer challenges to opprotunities.
We involved decision makers to public discussions and started advocacy proses; reached new target group and was one of pioneer organisation iniatated youth development webinar series in Baku.
Andrey Levko (Association of Additional Education and Enlightenment, Belarus):
“From May to June 2020, the Association of Additional Education (AAEE), in partnership with the Representative Office of the German People’s Universities in Belarus (DVV-International), a survey of adult education organizations about the impact of the pandemic COVID-19 on their activities was conducted.
In 2020, AAEE experts developed the AAEE Roadmap for work in the field of professionalization of aducators – a strategic document of the organization for training and advanced training of leading educational programs for adults/ coaches”.
Igor Folvarochnyi (Association for World Education, Kyiv, Ukraine):
“Certainly, 2020 was a very difficult year for all Mankind. We faced the challenges of online learning.
In fact, I am proud that together with my colleagues from EENCE I started preparing for online learning Moodle in advance and our instructors managed us to get interested in this technology.
In addition, this year gave me an opportunity to participate in a course on gender issues study. Moreover, I am proud that I was able to understand a lot of themes in English and was trying to participate in some discussions.
Also, I conduct trainings with foreign students and understood the relevance of this issue in the global dimension.
I am proud to have taken part in the development of cases related to the sustainable development of our planet. I am proud to have tried to develop the necessary materials for a distance learning course on the development of young people’s memory of the events of World War II. Furthermore, I am proud to have taken part in the activities of EENCE from the World Association of Education.
So, a lot of reasons during 2020 to be proud of”.
Tatiana Folvarochna (Association of Women’s Initiatives (Ukraine):
“I am proud of the training that took place in Kiev as a result of the four-month project “Gender, Media and Society”.
I managed to organize a training session for the members of the association on the topic of political sexism, which was full of active discussions about the role of women in modern society and their personal and professional purpose”.
Sofia Shakirova (Support Center for Network Initiatives, Stavropol, Russia):
“The year 2020 has become not just special, but unpredictable and interesting. It gave us new questions that we tried to answer.
First, we started the development of a system of (self -) support civil education in crisis. As part of this process, we have organized educational and consulting work.
Also, despite the fact that we are usually engaged in civic education, we have participated in programs to provide direct charitable assistance to certain groups of the population affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This made it possible to support vulnerable populations and enable them to adapt to new conditions. In addition, we continued to work to activate and involve local communities in the decision-making process in small towns and villages in the North Caucasus”.
Ostap Stasiv (Open University of Maidan, Ukraine):
“In 2020, we created an online course on taxes of Ukraine “How not to waste taxes”, and also created fundamental courses for civil society representatives on the Sustainable Development Goals, “How to Proceed: the Community on sustainable development” and “Libraries in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”.
The course on taxes is the first such course on the Ukrainian market available to anyone who is interested in understanding the topic.
Eka Urushadze (Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia):
2020 has been a tough year for the whole world. The harm caused by COVID-19 has touched everyone and Georgia was not an exception. In order to reduce damage caused by COVID-19, CSRDG implemented several projects and activities that envisaged humanitarian as well as civic education components.
At the beginning of the pandemic CSRDG established volunteer’s Network in 30 villages of Georgia. After the training volunteers actively contributed to raising awareness on COVID-19 and relevant safety measures in their communities.
They also supported CSRDG in identification and tackling community needs. In total 554 families got printed information on COVID-19, food and hygienic packages. Additionally, 73 families were granted tablets with internet connection to ensure engagement of their children in online education, 134 families got various stationary and books and 263 elderly people received pharmacy vouchers for purchasing needed medications.
In order to fight economic challenges caused by COVID-19 CSRDG conducted online trainings on project writing and business plan development. Consequently, 31 business grants were issued to women living in rural areas and supported their economic and social empowerment.
Finally, 3 community organizations implemented actions against COVID-19 related problems via CSRDG funding.
As a result, more than 1000 families were supported during the pandemic year 2020; Strong volunteer’s network was established that still continues working on identification and solving of local problems; Knowledge and awareness on various issues was raised.
The projects were supported by: Open Society Foundation Georgia, UNDP, and Bread for the World.