Mobilizing youth for peace and development in Donbas

Jan 23, 2017

Young people are often the most motivated drivers of change and sustainable development. If equipped with critical thinking, innovative ideas and courage, they can bring forward reconciliation and community development in Eastern Ukraine.

It is based on this assumption that UNDP decided to bring together 10- and 11-graders and their teachers to design solutions to specific challenges in their communities, while at the same time enhancing community mobilization, social cohesion and tolerance.

In a two-day workshop funded by Sweden and the Swiss Confederation, over 30 pupils from various educational institutions in Severodonetsk, Luhansk region, practiced how to work in team, formulate goals and objectives and write project proposals aiming at addressing their communities’ most pressing issues. After an intensive collective brainstorming and networking session, young people came up with ideas about how to make life in their communities safer and more comfortable.

Project ideas varied over an impressive range of topics: from animal shelters to youth centers, from training centers for children with disabilities to an information campaign for clean environment and even a vegetarian festival.

By early February, UNDP will organize two more events for youth in Svatove, Luhansk region and Mariupol, Donetsk region. Combined with two workshops held earlier in Pokrovsk and Kramatorsk, over 150 young people will have had an opportunity to present their project ideas.

The most interesting and socially relevant projects proposed by participants will get funding from UNDP.

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