Kyiv educational center “Tolerspace” was established in 2013

Our mission is to overcome prejudice and strengthen human dignity, through creating safe space to teach teenagers and youth resilience in a changing world. The Centre provides non-formal education for children and youth in the field of tolerance and human rights, training of educators both formal and informal education, development, and implementation of their own educational methods and adaptation of global educational experience. The Center team developed several manuals on non-formal education.

Organizational structure: Executive Director of the Center: Anna Lenchovska, Head of the Board: Myroslav Grinberg. Board: Myroslav Grinberg (Head of the Board), Andriy Knyzhnyi, Oleksandr Pochaievets, Olena Pochaievets, Uliana Ustinova, Alfiya Shevchenko. Audit Committee: Tetyana Chorunzha, Natalia Nepyyvoda

Our values: “Responding to challenges of the changing world” - in a fast changing VUCA-world we empower people to be active participants in society and not bystanders. “Creating safe environment” - in a safe space person can tell her or his story, reveal identity, be heard and seen, receive feedback.

Quality assurance procedure: KEC “Tolerspace” uses a number of tools and policies for enhancing the quality practices. These tools vary from simple techniques to sophisticated educational qualification advancement system. All our tutors and trainers are certified and constantly advanced their qualification in international projects. The Center works to develop strategic and operational planning with external consultants. Educational activities that we provide are monitored by internal evaluator and periodically by external evaluators.

Our operations are guided by gender policy, anti-corruption policy, financial policy. We prefer to work with sustainable projects, and not one-time actions.

We work with educators

Online educational platform “Stories that move”

Tolerspace” is an implementing partner of educational online platform on anti-discrimination “Stories that move” (jointly with the Anne Frank House and 6 NGO’s across Europe). In 2019 – 2020 we conducted 12 webinars to promote a safe, free from discrimination space for youth in local communities through the introduction of “Stories that move” platform. 125 educators from 5 regions of Ukraine participated in our professional development seminars to gain the knowledge and skills needed to work with the topic of non-discrimination in formal and non-formal education. 6 youth projects were implemented by mixed teacher-student teams about: hate speech at school, non-discriminatory approach at school, gender stereotypes, accessibility for children with disabilities. The project was supported by the EVZ Foundation.

Online activities on Iwitness platform

IWitness is an educational website developed by USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education that provides access to more than 1,500 full life histories, testimonies of survivors and witnesses to the Holocaust and other genocides for guided exploration. IWitness brings the human stories of the Institute's Visual History Archive to secondary school teachers and their students via engaging multimedia-learning activities. “Tolerspace” team has created 11 interactive lessons on the Iwitness platform. This application responds to the demand to build multi-literacies skills and responsible digital citizenship among educators and students. To this end, among the many curricular standards it will incorporate, Iwitness Ukraine page aligns with standards offered by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. The authors are: Uliana Ustinova, Olexander Voitenko, Anna Lenchovska, Olena Pochaievets, Lyudmila Batalina, Miroslav Grinberg. Videoediting by Sasha Zuryan.

Work with teenagers

“Building bridges, not walls” training course

Since 2014 the center is working to facilitate inclusion of young internally displaced persons, provides dialogue and joint learning and action in conflict resolution and reconciliation for teenagers of Ukraine; have developed a course “Building bridges, not walls” on conflict mediation and reconciliation for teenagers from various regions of Ukraine. It is an intense weekly course for 80 teens aged 13-17 years old, aimed at building dialogue and reconciliation, restoring the psychological resources of children. The unique program assists children to find their inner resources to overcome problems and ability to recover from stressful events. The goal of the course is to assist with integration of displaces teenagers, their psychological rehabilitation, establishing opportunities for dialogue and mutual learning and action in conflict resolution.

Cooperation with Pestalozzi Foundation in Trogen, Switzerland

We bring groups of Ukrainian teenagers to intercultural exchanges program in The Children Village in Trogen, Switzerland. Joint courses, sports events, games, discussion and role play are used as the basis for participating children to engage with important topics such as discrimination, anti-racism, civil courage and child rights. They learn to approach foreign cultures in an appropriate way and become more open-minded and interested as a result.

Comic for girls about protection from sexual violence “I am not your cat”

This comic book was created for girls from the age of 10 to tell them about personal safety in the situations of sexual harassment and violence. Such situations can happen to every person, no matter how strong, whether they are learning well, whether they have friends or are lonely. We aim to raise awareness about sexual harassment and ways to end it, train peer-guides and create support network, strengthen coping strategies, and inform adult helping specialists on the specifics of teenager reactions and improving their contact with them through age specific graphic novel. Using example from “comic” can be a key to establishing contact with frightened, isolated, depressed or aggressive teenager. We organize a training for peer-guides who will then invite their classmates, friends and other youth from community to interactive activities with graphic novel, and prevention & raising awareness about violence campaign at schools, youth libraries and clubs. The comic was created with the support of The Bearr Trust. Authors: Dana Verstak, the artist, contributors: Anna Lenchovska, Alexandra Chirkova, Dariya Zhdanova, Kira Kreyderman.

Educational exhibition “My place”

The exhibition "My place" is devoted to the problems of IDP's in Ukraine. The exhibition consists of 22 panels; it tells personal stories of members of nine communities in Ukraine, contains historical information, and touches upon complex, controversial issues. The exhibition travelled in 8 cities, we cooperated with local museums and schools with the method of peer-2-peer education, more then 300 young people became guides for 10257 visitors. The project was supported by the Embassy of Netherlands in Ukraine, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Embassy of Germany in Ukraine. The exhibition is created by: Kira Kreyderman and Uliana Ustinova, design by Dana Verstak.

Educational exhibition ”Together”

A youth traveling exhibition “Together” is dedicated to issues of identity, rights, and life in Ukraine of young asylum seekers & refugees, Roma, Jews, Armenians, Crimean Tatars, Greeks, Poles, Germans, Bulgarians, Rumanians, Hungarians, Russians and Ukrainians. A peer-guide approach is used to accommodate visits and training activities for secondary school students at the exhibition site. Teenagers are trained as guides for the exhibition. The exhibition has already visited 15 cities. The project was supported by the Embassy of Netherlands in Ukraine, Council of Europe, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, donations from schools.

The exhibition is created by: Anna Lenchovska, Olexander Voitenko, Kira Kreyderman and Uliana Ustinova, design by Dana Verstak.

Iwalk

IWalk is an interactive educational program that connects concrete physical locations with memories of Holocaust-related events that took place on these locations in several Ukrainian cities. The method is developed by USC Shoah Foundation. People walking through the tours use tablet computers to watch clips of Holocaust survivors and witnesses telling personal stories about how the locations factored into their experiences. The clips were drawn from their testimonies in USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive. The testimonies, along with the photos, documents, maps and other primary sources displayed in the tablet presentations, tell a story that connects past events to present locations in a way that underscores the gravity and reality of what occurred. It is not Jewish history or history of the Jews, it is human history that we learn about. Iwalk is unique, because it connects physical space with survivor’s testimonies and educational questions from trained teenager peer-guides and follow-up activities at the classroom. Iwalk program is leveraging public discussion on Holocaust and is providing an additional multi-dimensional approach to commemoration practices in Ukraine. We have routes for: Kyiv (Babyn yar and Podil), Berdychiv, Dnipro and Chernivtsy. The authors are: Anna Lenchovska, Miroslav Grinberg, Olena Pochaievets, Alexandra Kozorog and Nataliya Gerasym.

Work with youth

«Memory walk» short videos

The project «Memory walk» uses new educational method of human rights reflection, based on commemoration of historical memory. Young participants are invited to conduct a research on local monuments, to shoot video, to interview passers-by, and basing on their own impressions and conclusions to create short videos. During 3-days training participants and mentors discuss how it’s important and necessary to save the historical memory about human rights violations and to reflect it in urban landscape. The videos are uploaded on youtube and available for viewing at home, school or university, in local community. The method is developed in partnership with the Anne Frank House. YouTube

Exhibition “War next door”

Within German-Ukrainian project “Peace education across borders through new tools” (2018) we created an exhibition “War next door” and educational guidelines on how to teach about war and violence. The project was conducted together with Libereco - Partnership for Human Rights with the support of the Meet-up program by the EVZ Foundation. Libereco – Partnership for Human Rights

Psychological support for human right activitists

We provide psychological rehabilitation and training for stress management and burn-out prevention for human right activists. This project is confidential.