20 civil-society trainers on EU association process successfully instructed

Well done! At the end of February, 20 committed persons from the Ukrainian civil society received their trainer certifi­cates related to the EU associ­ation agreement. In the framework of the Civic School for Sound EU Practice (CiSEP) they benefitted from a half-year long Train-The-Trainer course on the Ukraine-EU associ­ation agreement. This included active atten­dance in four workshops of three-day length in Chernihiv and Dnipro. These trainings empower them with in-depth knowledge about the EU-Ukraine associ­ation process as well as the practical skill-set to operate as multi­pliers with their own inter­active trainings on EU associ­ation in the future.

CiSEP puts emphasis on designing the training series as inter­ac­tively as possible in order to optimise the partic­i­pants’ learning effect. As regards the content, the workshops focused on deepening their knowledge on the EU associ­ation process. Simul­ta­ne­ously, the future trainers learnt how to develop helpful methods, agendas and suitable materials for their trainings. Their skills in visual­i­sation and presen­tation of training contents was strengthened. During the last workshop, they benefitted from useful insights into debriefing and evalu­ation of a training.

At the end of February 2020, the 20 partic­i­pants passed their exams to become trainers on the EU associ­ation agreement. This was an important course requirement beside their active workshop partic­i­pation and regular homework completion. CiSEP and the partic­i­pants felt honoured to welcome the German Consul General in Donetsk (current residence in Dnipro), Stefan Keil, during the certificate handover ceremony.

In addition to conducting the workshop, CiSEP also provided the partic­i­pants with individual consul­ta­tions related to their self-developed trainings. As part of the training series the partic­i­pants will organise self-designed workshops in the framework of the associ­ation agreement. Themat­i­cally, some of them will evoke the basics of the associ­ation agreement, whereas others will focus on specific chapters of the agreement. Likewise, the target audience of their trainings will be diverse: e.g. youth, students, entre­pre­neurs and journalists.

Partic­i­pants are expected to use their acquired knowledge and trainer skills to implement trainings on the EU associ­ation agreement in their regions. In this framework, the future trainers will reach many more Ukrainians and sensitise them to diverse topics related to the associ­ation agreement. Thereby, they will make an important contri­bution to inform the Ukrainian population about European integration.

The Civic School for Sound EU Practice (CiSEP) is a training programme for active citizens and change-makers from Ukraine. CiSEP is a Ukraine-wide network of specialists on questions related to the EU-Ukraine associ­ation agreement with the objective to strengthen the European integration of Ukraine.

This training series is organised in cooper­ation with the local partners Polissya Foundation for Inter­na­tional and Regional Studies (Chernihiv) and the Public Chamber Ukraine (regional office in Dnipro).

CiSEP is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.