The Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine and the East Europe Foundation concluded a Memorandum of Cooperation.
The Minister of Youth and Sports of Ukraine, Vadym Huttsait, and President of the East Europe Foundation, Viktor Liakh, signed a document to strengthen cooperation on implementing youth policy through innovations.
In particular, parties agreed to hold joint events and projects to develop digital tools, enhance cyber security, and improve the skills of working with e-democracy tools among youth.
“There is still lots of work ahead, as our task is not only to win but also to restore everything that Russia has destroyed. I am convinced that this restoration must be based on innovative approaches, easy and user-friendly services, which we can achieve together with the East Europe Foundation. Signing the Memorandum today indicates our serious intentions and confidence in our decisions,” says Vadym Huttsait, Minister of Youth and Sports of Ukraine.
With this Memorandum, Ukrainian youth will be able to improve their cybersecurity skills and raise awareness about e-democracy. This will help raise a new generation of changemakers and lay the foundation for creating an upgraded digital state today.
“A full-scale war showed that a separate frontline with the enemy unfolds in cyberspace. Hence, we have to introduce new education forms that would involve simple and fascinating presentations, including the involvement of celebrities. Civic education must become modern and encompass new methods; it should introduce the youth to e-democracy tools that will help start creating changes right now – in your street, city, country,” says Viktor Liakh, President of the East Europe Foundation.
Noteworthy, this is not the first collaboration between the East Europe Foundation and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Earlier, as part of the Swiss-Ukrainian EGAP Program, the Foundation joined the creation of the E-competitions tool on the Vzaemodiia platform. This format allows for holding simplified competitions for civil society institute projects. The Ministry of Youth and Sports has become one of the first among central authorities to connect to the platform.
Even though the full-scale war suspended multiple state-building processes, competitions for the public keep appearing on the resource: https://grants.vzaemo.diia.gov.ua.
Overall, four competitions from the Ministry of Youth and Sports were posted on the platform – two of them were held after the onset of the full-scale invasion.