EU supports decentralization in Ukraine

The problem was neither simple nor complex. Just the one that needs to be solved.
What we have: plastic bags, fabric bags, initiatives, village council and villagers.
Additional conditions: Actions take place in these days in Krynychky ATC, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.
Special conditions: responsible local entrepreneurs and initiative youth.
What needs to be found: opportunities to do important things regardless of the circumstances, different consciousness and surrounding conditions. Read more

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EU supports youth projects in Ukraine

Several hundred people gathered at the presentation of the participants of UPSHIFT programme – a joint project of the European Union and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) – UPSHIFT Ukraine to watch the opening, but after a few laconic introductory speeches and briefing the hall turned into a huge buzzing hive: visitors crowded around the demonstration booths, where participants confidently, without a hint of modesty, described their initiatives. Now and then there were heard promises to make the world better and surprised shouts. Someone demonstrated robots and innovative skateboards, the others limited themselves to placards and flyers, and right in front of the entrance stood a medical dummy depicting the torso of a man with removable internal organs. It was one of the first ones that attracted our attention. Read more

Assistance to youth social initiatives in Kharkiv

UPSHIFT Ukraine, a project of UNICEF’s global innovative program supported by the European Union started in Kharkiv in early August. According to the project’s local partner, Foundation for Professional Development of Kharkiv, this project is aimed at helping the youth not only prove themselves and change their social status but also solve a particular problem in their community. We discussed this project with Maryna Ladyzhenska, the head of project in Kharkiv. Read more

How Ukrainian student earned 4 western university diplomas in 2 years under Erasmus+ programme

Oleksandr Ivanov joined Erasmus program in 2013, and a two-year master’s program at four European and American universities paved the way toward not only the quality knowledge in a new field – system analysis – but also helped him visit unforgettable places and see how diverse the world can be even within the single border; and also, realize that interesting acquaintances often go beyond a mere list of contacts and find their continuation in joint international projects and initiatives. And as it turns out, understanding each other despite the language barrier is much easier when you reserve the right to a mistake.

Oleksandr told us which students most often decide to stay in Europe and who goes back home, how he saw Ukraine after two years of absence, and how he now helps prospective students improve their chances to enroll. Read more