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CREATION AND INTRODUCTION OF THE INTEGRATED COURSE
'CULTURE OF NEIGHBOURHOOD' IN THE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS OF THE
AUTONOMOUS REPUBLIC OF CRIMEA

 

Initiators and partners of the project: Tavria Mediation Group, Integration and Development Center for Information and Research, Crimean Branch of the Institute of the Innovative Technologies and Content of Education of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, Ministry of Education and Science of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the Crimean Branch of the Institute of the Oriental Studies named after A. Krymsky of the Ukrainian National Academy of Science.

Financial support: International Renaissance Foundation, partner organizations contributions, including state.

Timeframe of the project: started in 2002, now is active.

Project coordinator: Margarita Aradzhyoni Course co-authors: Aradzhyoni ., Bykova E., Kravtsova L., Mukhomorina L., Smirnov ., Yakobleva T., with participation of Openko N., Utikas L., Chernoho E.

Project goal: Creation and introduction of the integrated course "Culture of Neighbourhood" in curricula of educational institutions of the Crimea (kindergartens, schools, institutions of higher learning, teachers training institute) for the ethnic education of children and adults, formation of tolerant interrelations among representatives of different ethnic and confessional groups, getting skills of non-violent conflict resolution.

Target group: children from 4 till 21, studying in the educational institutions of the Crimea, their parents, university professors, school teachers, kindergarten tutors.

Project description: The integrated course "Culture of neighbourhood" systemize knowledge that students already have, and includes new knowledge of local ethnic groups' history, geography, languages, literatures, religions, axiology and cultures, provides with conflict resolution skills, practical and research activities. The main purpose of the course is up-bringing and education of socially competent, critically thinking and tolerant personalities, citizens and patriots of the Crimea and Ukraine, familiar with native land and proud of it, eager and able to govern it, preserve and increase its natural, economical and cultural potential. While developing the course the authors studied and summarized the experience of other teachers of the Crimea, obtained during summer "peace camps", round tables, seminars and conferences on multicultural education, tolerance and inter-ethnic cooperation. The course consists of the regional program on intercultural education for pre-school children "Crimean wreath", approved by the Ministry of education and science of the Crimea on August 22, 2004 (minutes #6-4) and 12 interconnected and structurally uniform programs for 1-12 grades (35 hours per year), each with its own title, reflecting the core idea of the course for respective grade. Each course consists of the following thematic blocks: geography, local ethnic groups' history, material and spiritual culture of local population, world religions in the Crimea, arts and crafts, traditional way of life and etiquette, language of a neighbour, axiology, conflict resolution and mediation skills, practical and research activities.

After three years approbation period the integrated course "Culture of Neighborhood" was approved in full by the Ministry of Education and Science of Crimea on December 27, 2006. The course program "Fundamentals of Neighbourhood" for the Crimean institutions of higher learning was approved on April 25, 2007. During the 2007/2008 school year in total 128 (among them 68 schools and 4 institutions of higher learning) educational institutions in 12 cities and 11 districts of the Crimea have included the course in their curricula. Approximately 6,000 children and students from 4 till 21 years old from 118 kindergarten groups, 267 school classes, 9 student groups together with 320 teachers participate in the project. Working groups writing manuals for the course include 43 persons. In 2007 two student's books were published together with the manual "Ethnic History of the Crimea According to the Censuses Results (in diagrams and schemes)". During the approbation of the course the psychological monitoring is provided in the experimental and parallel classes. The attitude of students, teachers and parents is evaluated.

 

State support:

Instruction, Head of the Council of Ministers of Autonomous Republic of Crimea, dated by 14 April 2009, No. 01-62/1152 (Source: . 1, . 2)

Decree, Inter-agency council of law enforcement authorities and Autonomous Republic authorities dealing with the observance of law in inter-national and inter-confessional relations, dated by 07 May 2009 (Source:. 1, . 2, . 3, . 4)

Order, Minister of Education and Science of Autonomous Republic of Crimea, dated by 01 January 2009 ., No. 314 (Source: . 1, . 2)

Other Orders (Source: . 1, . 2)

 

Projects:

Supporting inter-cultural education in Crimea (phase III: September - December 2009) supported by the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities.

 

Materials:

The "Culture of Neighbourhood" course program for kindergartens, schools and institutions of higher education

Psychological criteria of the program monitoring. Cherny . (in Russian)

Cross-cultural adaptation among tenth-formers, participating in program approbation. Psychological monitoring, First stage. Brunova-Kalisetskaya I. (in Russian)

Strategies for effective intercultural communication for school children: from local initiatives of non-governmental organizations to systemic change, by O.Smirnov

 

Contacts, additional information: Khatsko street, 13/1, 95006 Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine, tel./fax: +38 0652 505-812, e-mail: osmirnov@inbox.ru; arama@list.ru, www.integration.org.ua

 

 


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Culture of Neighborhood: 'My family, my neighbors and me'

'Culture of Neighborhood: 'My family, my neighbors and me'. Workbook for the 1st grade pupils of primary schools, 2007


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