Education Program for Students

Shortages, queues, kravchuchkas, the first banks, Chervona Ruta, the uncouth, coupons, the chocolate exchange, boiled jeans, area A, and demonstrations... What unites all these concepts? What are they associated with? What is the history of the critical 1990s for those born in the 2000s; is it recent history which their parents still remember well or a paragraph from a textbook about history that is thirty years old? How to make the history of this period near and dear to children and adolescents?

Developing educational programs at the Center for Urban History and working with complex "adult" themes, we are always looking for simple language, methods and forms of presentation, which are understandable to children. This time we thought to include first, second, and third year university students, who still remember how they were taught recent Ukrainian history in school, and have an idea of how to make it more captivating and meaningful, to delve past major events and "great men."

Program Description

The program "Distant-Near History. About the 1990s by other means," involves the development of an educational card game with a thematic focus on the history of the 1990s in Lviv. During the meetings we will seek alternative ways to talk about the past, to make dry factual material from a textbook lively and game-like, as well as useful and informative for children and adolescents. We will ponder, how in the list of dates and events the stories of people, partners and event creators can be included to convey their sentiments and expectations. We will explore ways to descend from the political history to the history of everyday life, how to humanize events and include personal stories in the general narrative.

The result of the month long program will be a game about the 1990s in Lviv for students. The goal of the game is to use an alternative format to teach history that fosters discussions and stimulates questions, and provides a venue where people can express their opinions and interpretations.


The program consists of theoretical and practical parts. It combines theoretical presentation, meetings, discussions, analysis of materials, team work, and practical tasks.

The theoretical portion consists of eight classes, four thematic units and includes lectures from experts that will take place together with meetings with Lviv residents who will share their memories of the 1990s. During the lectures individual themes will be presented that will give a better context for the history of the 1990s in Lviv. In meetings with Lviv residents, we will probe what the final years of the Soviet Union were like for them, what they worried about, expected, became disappointed with, what the city was like and how it reacted to radical changes.
Each session required the interaction of participants: discussions, analysis, preparation for the meetings and working with different types of materials (texts, video materials, articles, books, memoirs, photographs, films, periodicals).

Thematic units:

  • Political and economic changes;
  • Arts and Culture;
  • Information and the Media;
  • Everyday.

2. Practical portion

Stage two-- practical work, developing the card game: categorizing, classifying, constructing associations and selecting visual materials. Meetings with researchers and curators from the Center, designers and illustrators.

The program will be interesting and useful, because users:

  • will learn to build a narrative, interpret events, critically evaluate facts and processes, and understand and build relationships;
  • will try to conduct independent research and to learn how to work in a team, how to work with historical data and initiate discussion topics. They will: acquire knowledge and skills on how to organize the educational process, get hands-on experience and the opportunity to apply knowledge in practice. They will try to pick out the understandable and accessible out of a large body of information; something that will engage the target audience;
  • will participate in meetings and discussions with experts, eyewitnesses, researchers and curators from the Center, as well as with designers;
  • after the end of the program they will obtain certificates of participation and, most importantly, an end product that teachers and students will use.

The program will run from November 15 through December 16, 2016. Classes will be held twice a week (Tuesday, Thursday)from 4.00 pm - 5.30 pm at the Center for Urban History (Bohomoltsia 6).


First, second or third year university students studying the humanities. Participants will receive a detailed schedule, a list of resources, and materials that need to be reviewed before the start of the program.

To apply to the program please write a short motivational letter, in which you specify why you want to participate in this program and make a suggesstion for what the format of the "Conversations about the 1990s" sholud be in an alternative school textbook. The application must include a contact phone number, email, and place of study.

The motivational letter should be sent by November 6, 2016 to the Project Coordinator Khrystyna Boyko at: Results will be announced 10 November.

[Detailed description of the program]

Participation in the program is free. The program is part of the Educational Program accompanying Tadeusz Rolke's exhibition of photographs "Tomorrow will be better".