Enrollment in the anti-discrimination educational training is open

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On July 9-, Kiev will host “Strategies for countering prejudice and discrimination” training to learn effective strategies of anti-discrimination work.

Training on “Strategies to countering prejudice and discrimination. Training for volunteers and NGO employees” will be the first stage of the educational course for those who want to be qualified as an anti-discrimination facilitator.

The training is dedicated to finding answers to such questions as: Which social groups are discriminated because of discrepancy grounds? How are we ourselves involved in maintaining and reproducing prejudice and inequality? What regulatory parameters, conditions and professional skills are necessary to prevent discrimination in our work? What is the place of the solution to prevent discrimination in our job?

The attendees will gain skills in project preparation, conceptual study of workshops and trainings, as well as in developing of other approaches aimed at countering discrimination at the interpersonal and structural levels on a long term horizon. At the end of the course the attendees receive a certificate. In 206 it is planned to continue training to get opportunity to complete training and be qualified as a trainer and a coach in order to conduct anti-discrimination trainings.

The event is held by the public association “German-Russian Exchange” and the public initiative “KrymsSOS” sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The training is designed for:

  • NGO employees and volunteers;
  • Specialists in the field of social activity and activity with the youth and education;
  • Experts and volunteers working with internally displaced persons.

The training attention is given to: 

  • The human rights understanding
  • Discrimination countercapability;
  • Ethnic, religious, social and political discords  and conflicts;
  • Self-identification, collective memory;
  • Prejudice and factor reflection leading to the formation of prejudices towards different groups, to isolation and discrimination;
  • In-depth analysis of xenophobia, racism, anti-Semitism, anti-Arab prejudice;
  • Development of tools to combat all forms of discrimination.

In addition to it:

The training provides a space for dialogue to analyze personal experience and practical examples. The training important factor is the development of effective strategies of anti-discrimination activity that take into account the current political, social and economic aspects of the conflict in Ukraine.

Approach, methods used in the training 

The training is based on the reflection of personal biography, analysis of practical work and generation of the specialized knowledge. Special attention is paid to interactive types of communication and group behavior which partially contain elements of coaching and supervision. The training is built on the needs and interests of the attendees. The seminar will provide an opportunity to share experiences and learn new skills.

The training method is based on the well-known repeatedly tested approach (“Transactional-Reflection-Approach”), which includes elements of political education and psychological counseling (Coaching) to develop historical, social and political identity, as well as anti-discrimination practices. Using the well-known anti-discrimination approach (“Anti-Bias-Approach”), we will analyze practical experience, our own vision of all kinds of groups and possible working tools in the current circumstances. Both approaches are aimed at critical treatment of power and discrimination. They offer the effective analytical and practical tools that involve all forms of isolation and discrimination.

The following methods are used within the training : self-reflection, role-playing games, thematic discussions, work in small groups, de-escalation technique, theatrical and pedagogical methods, collegial analysis and practical cases supervision.

Terms for participation: 

  • You are ready to take part in all stages of the long-term training program:
    І stage: July 9-, 205,
    ІІ stage: October 6-8, 205 or October 23-25, 205 .
    ІІІ stage: 206, exact dates will be known later.
  • You have experience in social work in the field of non-formal education and would like to be qualified as an anti-discrimination facilitator, trainer and coach;
  • You are ready to the self-reflection;
  • You work with the youth and/or the adults. Practical pedagogical experience is desired but not required for participation.


Marina Chernivsky  is a graduate psychologist, behavioral psychotherapist, leader of the project “Perspective Change ” that is aimed at prejudice and discrimination counteracting sponsored by the Central Charitable Organization of German Jews (ZWST).

Janna Keberlein  is a historian, culture expert and coordinator of the German-Ukrainian project NGO “The German-Russian Exchange”.

The event is held within the long-term Ukrainian-German project “Joint Overcoming the Consequences of War”, aimed at the adaptation of re-settlers and the stabilization of the Ukrainian society in the context of military conflict.

To take part in training, please fill in the application form until July 3, 205. In all matters related to the training, please contact: ostrykov@krymsos.com, +380992922367 (Andrey).