IFES conducts a series of trainings as part of the expansion of its “Democracy: from Theory to Practice” course and issues a pilot semester report
“Democracy begins with each of us, and if everyone feels that they have power to act, then perhaps the country will become better.”
– Student enrolled in the course, “Democracy: From Theory to Practice”
IFES’ “Democracy: From Theory to Practice” course will expand to a new range of Ukrainian universities during the 2019-2020 academic year and onward. From June 17 to July 9, 2019, IFES Ukraine conducted a comprehensive series of trainings for the course’s professors and alumni. These trainings:
- Provided intensive training for professors who taught the course between 2018 to 2019 on student action project development – an integral part of the course curriculum;
- Gathered new university-level educators, who will be teaching the course in the 2019-2020 academic year, to participate in trainings on IFES’ interactive civic education teaching methodology;
- Included a selected group of professors, who taught the course in the 2018-2019 academic year, who took part in a training of trainers for civic educators, advancing on skills they gained in the previous year.
- Brought together course alumni from eight universities who participated in IFES’ first civic education summer school for students. The three-day school encouraged the exchange of experience and lessons learned among course alumni and focused on different topics, including gender and inclusion, media literacy, and conflict resolution.
To ensure effective further expansion of the course, IFES evaluated how the course was progressing in current partner universities and released a pilot semester evaluation report. The results from the assessment show that students gained the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to effectively hold government and members of society accountable to the principles of liberal democracy. Beyond this knowledge and skills, students also demonstrated a desire to be active citizens and shaped their own roles in moving democracy forward in Ukraine. Data was collected through interviews and surveys with course instructors, student surveys, focus groups and classroom observations as well as more than 500 pre- and post-tests from students. The full report is available in English and Ukrainian.
IFES Ukraine will continue its training and monitoring with new universities joining IFES’ civic education initiative.
In total, the course will be taught at 22 universities in the 2019-2020 academic year.