School of Social Leadership

A Winter School of Social Leadership "Social Animation: Searching for Resources" took place in Slavske, Lviv region from 13th till 17th of January 2020. The School was organized by the Department of Social Rehabilitation and Social Pedagogy of the Faculty of Psychology of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv in partnership with the Representative Office of Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Ukraine.

Since 2016, the School of Social Leadership brings together active students, teachers, volunteers, community leaders and agents of social change. Social entrepreneurship, recreational activities in social work, psychosocial rehabilitation, adolescent leadership, social inclusion are not a complete list of topics covered in the project over the years.

This School was dedicated to the technology of social animation, which is relatively new to Ukraine but is successfully used in social, socio-pedagogical, psychotherapeutic, and educational practices in many countries. Social animation is aimed at stimulating the hidden potential of individuals, groups, and communities, realizing their diverse capabilities, using technologies to activate and invigorate the social environment and include persons and groups into it. Particular attention within the School was given to the use of social animation in work with vulnerable groups such as people with disabilities, the elderly and internally displaced persons. In addition to the theoretical part, 26 participants from all over Ukraine designed social animation forms of work with different target audiences and put them into practice.

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