Meeting of the Steering Committee of Council of Europe Project “HELP”

16.11 2023

On 16 November 2023, the Director of the High School Yuliia Lykhach took part in the second meeting of the Steering Committee of the Council of Europe Project “HELP (Human Rights Education for Lawyers) for Ukraine, including in Time of War”.

During the meeting, the interim results of the first year of the Project were presented. The participants received the partners’ proposals for the work plan, developed recommendations for maximising the project’s impact, and discussed the work plan for the next period.

The High School of Public Governance actively cooperates with the HELP project. Just the day before, on 15 November, the High School opened a training course on internal displacement, which is being implemented with the support of the Council of Europe Project “HELP (Human Rights Education for Lawyers) for Ukraine, including in times of war”. The programme has trained 42 public servants. Based on this course, it is also planned to certify two programmes for different categories of public servants dealing with internal displacement issues.

“Our joint courses are practice-oriented, taking into account European legislation and Ukrainian experience,” said the director of the High School. “The activities of the High School are focused on human rights and European values, which overlap with the topics of the HELP Project courses, so our cooperation will continue. In the near future, we plan to launch a large certificate programme for category A public servants who formulate policies on human rights and anti-discrimination in public authorities and the public administration system as a whole.”

We would also like to add that one of the priorities of the institution is the preparation of trainers, which is implemented with the help of international partners. The High School is a platform for many providers of educational services – higher education institutions, regional training centres that train public servants. This year, 16 trainings for trainers were held. And the need for such trainings is growing.

The HELP (Human Rights Education for Lawyers) for Ukraine, including during the war, project aims to improve the skills of lawyers in Ukraine in the effective application of European human rights standards.

Currently, 33 courses are available in Ukrainian on the HELP platform. In addition to internal displacement, they also cover anti-discrimination, human rights, cybercrime, family law, combating racism, xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia, etc.