The Club of Law Students and Post-Graduates of the Azov Region (KASPAR)

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The Club of Law Students and Post-Graduates of the Azov Region (KASPAR)
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Community Name: Berdyansk
Country: Ukraine
Volunteer(s) Name: Teri Bolinger
Counterpart's Name: Dmitriy Kamensky
Affiliate organization: KASPAR
Year of project approval: 2008
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Info about the The Club of Law Students and Post-Graduates of the Azov Region (KASPAR)

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The Club of Law Students and Post-Graduates of the Azov Region (KASPAR), an NGO located in Berdyansk, successfully concluded its first cycle of the Student Training for Awareness of Rights among Students (STARS) program on May 29. KASPAR STARS is a legal awareness "train the trainer" program for ninth, tenth, and eleventh-form students in local schools. Participants gain knowledge of current laws and rights affecting their lives as Ukrainian citizens and expand their capacity to inform others.

Twenty-five students completed the initial ten-week program and demonstrated a significant 77% overall average increase in knowledge. In September, each of these students will begin to share their knowledge with fifteen other students in their schools while KASPAR prepares a second group of twenty-five student trainers. By November's end, more than 400 students in Berdyansk will have enhanced their legal awareness. When recently interviewed, Roman Mikhno, KASPAR President, proclaimed STARS "a pioneer because it prepares the younger generation to be informed Ukrainian citizens and it reaches more students by using trained student trainers. Others simply are not doing this." Subject(s): Civics and Democracy.

[edit] Story: KASPAR STARS Shine and Illuminate Path for Others

The Club of Law Students and Post-Graduates of the Azov Region (KASPAR), an NGO located in Berdyansk, successfully concluded its first cycle of the Student Training for Awareness of Rights among Students (STARS) program on May 29. KASPAR STARS is a legal awareness "train the trainer" program for ninth, tenth, and eleventh-form students in local schools. Participants gain knowledge of current laws and rights affecting their lives as Ukrainian citizens and expand their capacity to inform others.

Twenty-five students completed the initial ten-week program and demonstrated a significant 77% overall average increase in knowledge. In September, each of these students will begin to share their knowledge with fifteen other students in their schools while KASPAR prepares a second group of twenty-five student trainers. By November's end, more than 400 students in Berdyansk will have enhanced their legal awareness. When recently interviewed, Roman Mikhno, KASPAR President, proclaimed STARS "a pioneer because it prepares the younger generation to be informed Ukrainian citizens and it reaches more students by using trained student trainers. Others simply are not doing this."

Since 1996, KASPAR has educated and supported students and citizens in Berdyansk in many aspects of law. Its frequent contact with students and schools caused KASPAR to become increasingly aware of growing concern over insufficient legal education for young people. Cooperating with local education authorities, KASPAR surveyed more than 1,000 students and confirmed:

As a result, KASPAR STARS was created as an innovative, cooperative solution. Its widespread appeal is indicated by assistance and support from the Azov Regional Management Institute (ARMI), an affiliate of Zaporizhya National Technical University, the local Board of Education, and ten schools. It also is supported by municipal government, local attorneys, mass media, and other businesses and organizations within the community. Additionally, Peace Corps Volunteer Teri Bolinger worked closely with Roman Mikhno and Natalya Kalinina in ARMI's International Relations Department to develop a Small Project Assistance proposal which secured the seed money necessary to initiate the project.

Each ten-week cycle consists of weekly two-hour sessions addressing relevant topics such as the Constitution of Ukraine, citizens' rights and responsibilities, defense of human rights, labor law, civil and criminal liability, and family law. Students participate in role play scenarios, debates, and other interactive exercises. Everyone receives an electronic or printed booklet containing lessons and presentation materials. Pre-tests and post-tests are administered to participants at the program's beginning and end to measure progress. Even though the subject matter is serious, students and advisors are noticeably enthusiastic.

Dmitriy Kamensky, Assistant Professor of Law at ARMI and winner of a Fulbright Graduate Students' Scholarship, was KASPAR President from 2003-2005 and is a faculty advisor for the STARS project. Recently he stated, "The program makes a significant contribution to the development of the younger generation in our region. Sharing knowledge, fresh ideas and great enthusiasm in the legal education field is a basis for young people to unite and do something good for our community."

Favorable television and press coverage has increased the visibility of KASPAR STARS. As the program attracted more attention, the Berdyansk Downtown District Committee recently exceeded its previously pledged contribution by 15%, and a local attorney committed to fund supplies needed next year.

KASPAR is available to provide consultation services to other communities and organizations in Ukraine wishing to implement a similar program. Contact Roman Mikhno at Mikhno.roman@mail.ru or Dmitriy Kamensky at laws22@rambler.ru for more information.

Mikhno thanked Peace Corps for contributing to the legal culture of young people in Berdyansk and for transmitting valuable project development and management skills. When indicating his intentions to remain involved in community service and volunteerism after completing his education, he said humbly with a smile, "Sharing knowledge is not expensive." Kamensky ended by affirming, "The professional expertise and intellectual support provided by Peace Corps gave us a unique impulse to change things in legal education for the better. I would give it such a motto as 'From University Law Students to the Community - Making Life Better'!"

Written by Teri Bolinger

Translated by Anya Ukrainskaya Oblast: ZaporizkaYear: 2008 PCV: Teri Bolinger(Economic Development, Group 32)E-Mail: tgbolinger@yahoo.com

http://www.pcukraine.org/activities/results_success_stories.php#va

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