Caravan events have already taken place in Yerevan (Armenia) and Vilnius (Lithuania), as well as in a number of other cities in these countries. On 24 August in the Polish capital, the Caravan team took part in the Forum “Ukrainian Scientific Diaspora in Poland: Strengthening Resilience and Developing Cooperation”, as well as a training session dedicated to addressing issues important for internally displaced persons.
Yuriy Petrushenko (Ukraine), Head of the East European Association for Citizenship Education, represented the Caravan team as a speaker during the Forum.
The topic of his presentation was “Needs in Citizenship Education of forced migrants in Poland”.
According to Yuriy, among the needs that have significantly increased now were named the development of communication competences, understanding of the global context, trainings for the development of psychological health, family relations.
Requests for environmental education, relations with the authorities decreased. During the discussion the issues of civic education for integration of Ukrainian refugees during the war, for participation in winning the war and for post-war revival of Ukraine were raised. These issues were also of interest during the meeting with representatives of the Ukrainian consulate in Poland, which took place after the end of the forum.
The training “Opportunities and difficulties in conditions of forced migration. Knowledge and skills necessary for life and self-realisation in Poland” was aimed at providing participants with a whole range of useful information:
- use of digital tools facilitating the stay in Poland (E-PUAP, e-gabinet US, e-gabinet ZUS, Internetowe Konto Pacjenta);
- use of European international platforms for young people;
- scholarships, competitions, internships, volunteering, international exchanges;
- legal aspects of stay and work of Ukrainian citizens in Poland;
- how to find your professional vocation with the help of the Japanese system IKIGAI.
The training also included a presentation by teenagers from Ukraine on their projects.
The experts of the meeting were:
1) Sergey Sukhoboychenko, digital education trainer, member of the international Chapter of the Order of Smile. Until March 2014 he lived in Crimea, in Evpatoria, and now he has been living in exile (Warsaw) for 9 years. Chairman of the board of Fundacja Międzynarodowy Ruch Latających Plecaczków.
2) Anton Shakhovsky, for more than 3 years runs an international employment agency that supports workers from Ukraine in finding employment and legalising their stay in Poland. Chairman of the Board of the Ukrainian Community Foundation, Warsaw.
3) Nazarii Boiarskyi, NGO Incubator of Democratic Initiatives (Ukraine), human rights defender and trainer of non-formal education, member of the Coaching Pool of the Council of Europe, independent expert of the Eastern Europe Civic Education Network (EENCE).
The event is organized by a consortium of EENCE experts and organizations in the framework of the project “EENCE Citizenship Education Caravan”, funded by the Federal Agency for Citizenship Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung / bpb) with funds allocated by the German Federal Foreign Office, program “Enhancing cooperation with civil society in the Eastern Partnership countries and Russia”. The project is implemented by the NGO Incubator of Democratic Initiatives (Ukraine).