Ukraine: The National University of Ostroh Academy
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Ostroh Academy National University is the successor of Ostroh Slavic, Greek and Latin Academy, the first higher educational establishment of the Eastern Slavic nations. It was founded in 1576 by Prince Vasyl-Kostiantyn of Ostroh. The revived Ostroh Academy in Independent Ukraine started in 1994 with the Decree of the President of Ukraine. By virtue of succeeding decrees of the President of Ukraine, the development of the Ostroh Academy received a new impetus for further growth. In October 2000, Ostroh Academy officially became the National University.
In partnership with Canada World Youth
CWY and The National University of Ostroh Academy work in partnership through the Youth Leaders in Action program. The development project implemented through this partnership aims at meeting multiple needs of young people in the communities of Netishyn and Ostroh, both in terms of drug and alcohol abuse prevention and the environment.
Results in Netishyn
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention
- Improvement of the quality of life for young adults, both girls and boys aged 14-21, by reducing and/or eliminating the introduction and abuse of illicit drugs, tobacco and alcohol abuse.
- In Netishyn, the Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Education (DAT) organization oversaw the development and implementation of a comprehensive program designed to focus on prevention, intervention and counselling in the areas of drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
- The youth volunteers have been active in the entire project development process, beginning by brainstorming, defining a mission statement, short term goals and long term goals, planning the budget, looking at sustainability and continuity, and finally developing an evaluation method.
- The group participated in the creation of the two-day «Create the Future» Youth Summit 2012, which included a series of workshops to improve the participants’ self-esteem and broaden their horizons. The team of instructors involved past CWY volunteers, current volunteers and guest instructors and the workshops examined domestic violence, harm reduction, and environmental issues. A total of 80 participants registered.
- A media project was implemented where local volunteers wrote articles on healthy lifestyles in the local newspaper’s “Youth Time” section.
- Many youth increased their knowledge of the effects of drugs and alcohol through this campaign.
Youth Leaders Initiative
- Netishyn: This youth group provides awareness sessions on drugs, alcohol and smoking, and coordinated the construction of a skate park to provide youth with a healthy activity alternative to motivate them to be active.
Results in Ostroh
- The Green Campus Committee conducted an awareness campaign at the university on the importance of nature protection by organizing different presentations and meetings with students and teachers.
- Paper recycling bins were purchased and installed by youth volunteers.
- A photography competition on the subject “nature protection” was organized.
- Green initiatives were undertaken like planting trees and bushes and installing flower pots, new lighting system using low energy light bulbs installed and energy-efficient windows. Local businesses were also encouraged to paper bags instead of plastic bags.
- Many youth increased their knowledge of environmental issues and waste-reduction strategies through this project.
Youth Leader Initiative
- Ostroh: The group, made up of students, is focused on initiatives to green their university campus. They focus on the four areas of: sustainable personal habits, water conservation, waste reduction, and energy conservation.
Institutional Capacity Building
- These projects helped NUOA to strengthen gender equality in its programming, as 48 female instructors got free access to internet and approximately equal numbers of men and women participated in the course on IT and gender non-discrimination (total of 61 participants).
- NUOA also reported increasing its reach, both in networking with other universities about the YLA projects and with respect to the over 800 youth that were involved in sector project programming. NUOA believes that with the addition of IT training for instructors and increased multimedia access, courses have become more interesting for students.
- The ICBF in Ukraine has also contributed to NUOA getting closer to its goal of becoming a green campus leader in Ukraine and setting an example for other schools in this area.
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