OFFS for children in Ukraine
Ukraine is the latest member of the Cross Cultures family. The project in Ukraine is developed together with SIDA and with a special focus on Crimea. Ethnic Russians make up the bulk of the population on Crimea, but there are also large groups of Ukrainians and Muslim Tatars, and the OFFS-program is developed to bring these communities together. Furthermore, another focus is on the border region to Moldova.
Ukraine is a country located in Eastern Europe, which became independent in 1991 during the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The country borders Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova.
Bringing children in Ukraine of different ethnicity together
Ukraine is, as of 2016, involved in a territorial dispute with Russia over the Crimean peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014. However, Ukraine and most of the international community recognise the peninsula as Ukrainian.
More than 77% of the population is of Ukrainian ethnicity, while larger minorities are comprised of Russians, Belarusians, Moldovans, Crimean Tatars, Bulgarians, Hungarians, Romanians, Poles, Jews, Armenians, Greeks and Tatars. The Russian minority is mainly located on the Crimean Peninsula, where they are estimated to make up 68% of the population, while ethnic Ukrainians make up about 16%.
Cross Cultures focuses on bringing children in Ukraine of different ethnicity together at the Open Fun Football Schools promoting peace and reconciliation.
Reports from the OFFS in Ukraine
Latest news from OFFS in Ukraine
Facts about Ukraine
Total population: 44,429,471 (July 2015 est.)
Share of children and youth under 25: 26.07%
Youth unemployment: 16.9% (2015)
Share of women in the labour market: 49%
Refugee population: 3,232 people (2015)
Football players (registered/unregistered): 692,317/1,580,700
Female players: 226
Clubs with women’s teams: 10
Our work in the country 1998-2016
First year CCPA worked in the country: 2010
Main focus areas: Integration, minorities, internally displaced people (IDP)
Sponsors: UEFA, Sida
Football clubs established: 141
Children involved: 27,106
Football Festivals: 672
Children attended: 123,891
Open Fun Football Schools conducted: 23
Children attended Open Fun Football Schools: 4,608
Volunteers involved: 754
Volunteers educated: -
Parents involved: 1,085
Parents’ workshops conducted: 24
Fun Festivals conducted: -
Children attended Fun Festivals: -
Number of municipalities Cross Cultures is present in: 28
Local schools involved: 225