Plumbers of the new sample were tested by a competition of professional skills

May 7, 2018

On April 26, the final of the All-Ukrainian Professional Competition in 2018 was held in Kyiv in the profession «Installation of Sanitary Systems and Equipment». The competition is held for the second time and this year was held during the InstallFest festival in the exhibition center «AccoInternational».

The event took place within the framework of the Swiss-Ukrainian project “Public-private partnership to improve sanitary education in Ukraine”, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in partnership with GeberitTrading (Geberit) and implemented by the GURT Resource Center with support of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.

Thanks to the project, based on Ukrainian vocational schools (VET), innovative teaching and practice centers were created, as well as a new educational standard, curricula and materials were developed and introduced, the qualifications of teachers and masters were improved, and the profession of installer of plumbing systems and equipment increased. The further development of the project will involve the transition to the self-sustainability of training centers and the recruitment of graduates.

The project started in 2014 in 6 pilot educational institutions. During 2016-2018, the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine used a model of a training and practical center for the training of plumbers, developed by the Ukrainian-Swiss project. So, the state budget funds created educational and practical centers for this model in 19 vocational schools in different regions of Ukraine. From now on, the training centers work in 25 vocational schools. In June 2018, the second issue of the new sanitary technicians will take place, which is about 200 qualified specialists. In 2017 there were 136 of them.


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The godfather of the Boyarka Sensory Room

May 6, 2018

One of the winners of the «Productive Communities» project, implemented by the GURT Resource Center and the World Jewish Relief, implemented its business project with a social component — opened the sensory room in Boyarka, Kyiv region. The room became the focus for adaptation and rehabilitation of children with special needs and relaxation space for a wide range of visitors. Its creation became possible due to the persistence of the author of the project and the active support of the mayor of Boyarka. The solemn opening took place on April 24, 2018.


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Participants in the «Productive Communities» project received funding for the implementation of their own projects

April 6, 2018

The «Productive Communities» project, implemented by GURT Resource Center with World Jewish Relief, has reached the culmination stage. The project is intended to increase the potential of existing social enterprises and small businesses in the Kyiv region. Its participants participated in trainings, received professional consultations, developed their own business plans and learned about the experience of other successful entrepreneurs who have already implemented their projects with the help of GURT. After the business plan was held, the winning projects that received funding were identified. From the beginning of 2018 the participants received 216 thousand hryvnias from the project as financial support.

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12 cities in the east of Ukraine are implementing their own projects within the framework of the «United Community» program

March 23, 2018

On February 23rd-24th, 2018, Collaborative Learning Event within the framework of the «United Community» project was held in Kyiv aimed at promoting the unity of society in the conflict-affected regions of eastern Ukraine. The program is implemented by IREX and GURT with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Representatives from 12 selected cities are implementing their own projects that will facilitate the establishment of interaction and dialogue between representatives of different groups of the population in their communities. Within two days, the members of the «United Community» exchanged their experience and worked with the trainers on the projects that were created, received practical skills that would be useful in further implementation of the initiatives.

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How to develop small business with the support of international donors: success stories of entrepreneurs

December, 20, 2017

Owner of a home textiles store; farmer, veteran of ATO; former banker, and now pastry cook demonstrate how to start and successfully lead own business.

The GURT Resource Centre, the World Jewish Relief and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency – Sida help business people in Kyiv region to start work and become successful. For several years, active Ukrainians can get advice and financial help for starting their own business. Entrepreneurs taught how to draw up a business plan, keep an accounting and legally accompany business. They also become familiar with modern marketing trends.

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Jobs and «entrepreneurial thinking»: the results of small business support projects in Ukraine

December 15, 2017

On November 29, 2017, the business brunch «A viable small business is the foundation of civil society in Ukraine» was held in Kyiv, organized by the GURT Resource Center. The guests of the event were representatives of donor organizations and participants of small business support programs.

The participants of the business brunch spoke about the development and stimulation of small business in Ukraine, which is the economic basis of sustainable development of communities and the foundation of civil society. During both Revolutions, the small business was the key driver of social change and the basis of the volunteer movement. The contribution of small businesses to the development of local communities is growing every year and becoming more and more visible.

Yekaterina Mityaev, project manager for entrepreneurship and employment support, as the representative of the charitable organization World Jewish Relief, which united British Jewry, said that one of the directions of their organization is helping those who can and want to work. WJR helps people earn money through employment or the development of their own businesses. This, in turn, leads to the creation of jobs, and enterprises creating jobs are the best hope and support of the economy.


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Uniting involved people: Search for a future national network of civil society organizations

December 6, 2017

From 30 November to 2 December 2017 Ukraine hosted a conference ‘Future of the National Network of Ukrainian Civil Society Organizations’ organized by the GURT Resource Center in cooperation with the Kyiv office of the Kennan Institute, the Estonian NGO Network (NENO) and the Ukrainian Catholic University, with the financial support of the Governments of Sweden and Estonia. It has united more than 80 participants from Ukraine, as well as guests from abroad. Mostly the event gathered leaders of CSOs — leaders of numerous public organizations and charitable foundations.


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MEET AND CODE 2017: Bringing coding and digital literacy to kids & youth in Ukraine

November 28, 2017

Meet and Code 2017, an initiative funded by SAP and implemented by TechSoup Europe Network, covered in total 15 countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine. Meet and Code 2017 in Ukraine is implemented by GURT Resource Centre.

  • EU Code Week 2017 was held during October, 7-22
  • There were more than 400 nonprofit organizations from 15 Middle and Eastern European countries and 195 SAP employees, 30 000 participants of Meet and Code events
  • It was funded nearly 600 initiatives in 280 cities, with the total value of grants exceeding 200 000 EUR


More information about Meet and Code read here and watch video.

The first in Ukraine EU Code Week is finished

October 26, 2017

This year for the first time in Ukraine the week of coding (EU Code Week) Meet and Code was held. Twenty six organizations became participants of the Program. Through different events in various formats they showed how interesting the digital world could be.

The Meet and Code initiative is implemented by GURT Resource Centre in cooperation with TechSoup Europe and Haus des Stiftens gGmbH and funded by SAP. The EU Code Week took place from 07th until 22nd October 2017. Throughout Ukraine seminars, lectures, trainings, workshops, hackathons, film shows, competitions were organized. These events present the latest technologies to young people.


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More than 700 participants from Eastern oblasts of Ukraine took part in the trainings «United Community» («Yedyna Hromada»)

October 9, 2017

The last of 36 trainings «United Community» («Yedyna Hromada») took place on 23-24th of September 2017 in Borova, Kharkiv oblast. Within the framework of the project, implemented by IREX and GURT and with the support of U.S. Agency for the International Development (USAID), training activities brought together 12 communities from 5 Eastern oblasts of Ukraine. Besides Borova there were people from Izium and Chuhuiv (Kharkiv oblast), Bakhmut and Novogrodivka (Donetsk oblast), Pershotravensk and Mezhova (Dnipropetrovsk oblast), Starobilsk and Novopskov (Luhansk oblast), Primorsk, Berdyansk and Huliaipole (Zaporizhia oblast).


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