Head of NGO “Eternal Ukraine”, journalist of NGO “Stop Corruption”
On March 12 – 14, 2020, in the picturesque town of Bryukhovychi, which is part of the city of Lviv and at the same time a separate community within the city of Lev, was held another seminar “Strengthening local democracy”, which was held by the Institute of Political Education for activists from all over Ukraine. I was fortunate enough to come to this event, Volodymyr Czeslawski, as chairman of the NGO and an active anti-corruption activist of the Stop Corruption NGO. All the events took place at the Three Star Valentina Hotel, and started in the lobby with an unusual acquaintance, when each guest of the event had to present himself with drawings, then exchange with another participant and then tell the next participant about his colleague whom he had just met.
After the introduction, Oksana Odnoral said the first word to the seminar’s attendees and emphasized the importance of everyone’s participation in the establishment of democratic institutions at the level of local self-government.
After cheerful acquaintance and following words, interesting stories of experts of the Institute of Political Education continued: Orest Fyifurka, Head of the Public Partnership Department of the Lviv City Council, shared experience with the Lviv community, Myron Dmytryk, chief editor of the Stick Corruption site, listened carefully to the problems and made specific recommendations for combating and reporting corruption. The following day, the following speakers spoke: Vladimir Feskov, who shared the secrets of Public Control in his speech “Public Control as the Key to Effective Change”; Anna Skype, candidate of social sciences, MP of VII convocation, first woman Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Foreign Affairs spoke after him on Skype. Her recommendations related to advocacy for public companies to evaluate societal change. As a result of Ms. Anna’s communication, she was asked to make an Open Appeal to the authorities, to which all participants joined, initiated by your obedient journalist, Vladimir Czeslawski. The next speaker was Christina Zelinskaya, manager of the Transparency International Ukraine Innovation Projects Program, who told the secrets of public procurement and advised on what to look for anti-corruption activists.
Lubomyr Hrytsak, a former member of the Kolomyia City Council, an expert at the Institute of Political Education, also spoke with his wise advice. He explained the importance of civil society, in which activists play their indispensable role as arbitrator between the authorities and the people. This ended the second day of intensive training to explain to the activists their mission.
On the last day, Alexander Solontay, brilliant speaker, gave a discussion and also a hands-on lesson in understanding the relationships in local self-government. All seminar attendees were extremely pleased. Summarizing the results, everyone familiar with Oksana Odnoral already gave out certificates to the participants for their participation in events organized by the Institute of Political Education. It is a pity that not many events are taking place, but not only is information shared by experts, but also the acquaintances and friendships that have arisen between the participants of the seminar.