In January 2020, crime-prevention seminars were held at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and the National Pedagogical Dragomanov University, Ukraine.

Numerous students from each university as well as their respective Vice Presidents and professors participated in this even to launch the “Reduce Crime Together” Project in Ukraine.

The event opened with several performances that included songs expressing the mission to change the environment and the future of our world together. Following the performances, the ASEZ members and university Vice Presidents presented crime-prevention reports.

Igor Vetrov, Vice President of the National Pedagogical Dragomanov Univeristy, highlighted the ASEZ “UN Human Rights” Promotion Campaign that was held at the college the previous year, expressing his expectation that such activities would continue on-campus. “Crime prevention aligns with protecting human rights,” he said.

Through the presentation, he explained that “though the earth we live in might seem small, there must be an established order.” He also asserted the importance of the young adults’ role in this endeavor, and that the ASEZ activities were a perfect opportunity for young adults to easily carry it out.

Yula, a university student who participated in the event, stated, “If this project is successfully carried out in Ukraine, it would set a great example not only in Ukraine, but also throughout Europe and the whole world.” She fully endorsed the project, speaking highly about the practical solutions presented that would address and resolve societal problems.

Additionally, Petro O. Bekh, Vice President of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and newly established ASEZ advisor, pledged to support all ASEZ activities to reduce crime in the community.

Iryna Kondratieva, a professor from the Department of Philosophy at the National University of Kyiv, agreed saying, “The ASEZ activities are not only well-coordinated, but also address our responsibilities to our environment and towards one another.” She added, “I believe that ASEZ will pave a great path for the students of the National University of Kyiv to walk.”

Jingel Maria, who organized the seminar, expressed her eagerness to conduct future ASEZ activities. She stressed the importance of raising awareness about the actions we must all take to ensure a safe and crime-free world.

As a result of the successful seminars, the two Vice Presidents of the National Pedagogical Dragomanov University and the National University of Kyiv were appointed as members of the ASEZ advisory committee. They agreed to contribute to the development of education and the establishment of a global partnership that implements practical activities for citizens to build a safer society.