To be virtuous. To be responsible. To be just. And to be unafraid of change. Those are the vital skills necessary for forming a civil society in Ukraine. Thus, the main responsibility for civil society right now is to create an environment for the expression of will, freedom of speech and media, widespread access to public information, and self-identity of Ukrainians.
The problems of the relationship between the rule of law and civil society in Ukraine remain open. The reason is trivial—it is the lag of our state relative to other European countries in terms of our civic consciousness. Therefore, the problems with civil society and prospects for the formation of civil society in Ukraine are still being formed before our eyes.
Social interaction lies at the very heart of any relations. It should be independent of the state itself and consist of initiative groups of citizens, social movements, and teams of people, that could unite the community around solving the particular issue. A citizen is valuable and at the epicenter of the processes of building a rule of law and civil society in Ukraine.
In addition, another problem with the formation and development of civil society in Ukraine is that young people become acquainted with these issues when immersed in an active student environment. At school, the opportunity to implement any ideas in addition to learning is left to the leaders who are interested in cultural and social life. These leaders become the catalysts for change and are later joined by students, teachers, parent committees, charities, and more. And the first step towards solving this problem is to teach children the basics of civil society from school. Thus, USAID/ENGAGE, together with the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, developed a program for a “Civic Education” course for 10th graders. The course became mandatory in all Ukrainian schools in September 1, 2018. More than 60,000 10th graders from all around Ukraine complete the “Civic Education” course each year.
It is worth remembering the role of each family in the education of responsible and conscious representatives of civil society in Ukraine. Because this model of relationships will be adopted by young people who will improve not only their city and country, but also the world.