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EDUCATORS FROM CRIMEAN COLLEGES TOOK PART IN THE
TRAINING SEMINAR ON COURSE "THE BASICS OF GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD"


Simferopol, Ukraine - 11-16 June 2012

The methodological training seminar on the course "The Basics of Good Neighborhood" for teachers of higher educational institutions of the Crimea was held in Simferopol from 11th till 16th of June. It was the first experience of six days training for this category of educators. Totally 24 people from Simferopol, Sevastopol, Backchisaray, Yalta, Kerch, Pribrezhnoye and Malenkoye colleges discussed issues of civic education, critical thinking and ethnic tolerance development. They were trained to provide students with skills of effective communication in poly-ethnic environment, skills of conflict analysis and resolution. During the seminar participants were proposed to go through special training sessions in order to see the proposed methods and education techniques in practice.

The electronic version of the manual for higher educational institutions was presented during the seminar. Also new video-materials recommended for the usage within the course were presented to the participants, among them a new documentary about interrelations between teachers, parents and children in an Israeli school where Arabic and Jewish children study together. The participants acquired skills of using video-films for conflict analysis and resolution. They will be able to apply this method while analyzing conflict situation in poly-ethnic Crimea.

Training sessions were conducted by experienced educators, authors of the course, who introduced it in their educational institutions earlier.

The trainer Valentina Potapova, assistant professor of the History department at the Crimean Humanitarian University, says: I try to use interactive techniques, involve participants in discussions in order to develop their inner motivation for further learning. This course is new for them. I want to describe peculiarities of the course in order to demonstrate the necessity of using this information in their work.

The trainer Svetlana Kiko, the deputy director of the Crimean Agro-Industrial College, responsible for extra-curricular education: On behalf of many participants I can comment that the seminar was professionally organized. It was rather tremendous work of the authors. The activities for higher education institutions educators differ from the work for pre-school and secondary school teachers. But all the participants demonstrated great interest, were open for new knowledge and skills. Now we receive not only positive feedback from participants, but applications from other educational institutions. In September we plan to present the course at the regular meeting of directors of Crimean colleges.

Some participants shared with us their impressions:

Victoriya Maltceva, an educator from the Crimean Agro-Industrial College (Malenkoye):

The most useful materials for me were recommendations for extra-curricular students’ activities. It is the only course which helps to form students’ dignity and respect to others.

Anna Dvoryantseva (Simferopol College of Food Technologies): I was impressed by unusual trainings. There was a real inter-active involvement of everyone: trainers taught us and at the same time learned from our experience. Despite my two diplomas I again felt the desire to study. Unfortunately sometimes we experience rejection of the course in educational institutions: I consider the course should be presented to colleges’ directors. I personally would like to use these practical methods in my activities. For example, I liked the method of mapping the conflict, when you can deliberately analyze the problem and find solutions. I plan to use the manuals and materials received in my activities in our museum, in the class of literature, as well as to present them to our partner institutions within Ukraine.

Antonina Reshetilova, the psychologist at the Backchisaray College of Construction, Architecture and Design: It is very difficult to name the best sessions – all of them were motivating and extremely useful thanks to its practical features. We have just started to introduce this course in our education process.

Paride Ziyatdinova, the teacher of Latin language with basics of medicine terminology (Kerch Medical College): I liked the way how the seminar was conducted: practical trainings and role playing. The lecturers-trainers are highly professional, they know their topics well, easily communicate with participants. I liked our visit to the Crimean Ethnographic Museum. The most useful for me was new information about Crimean people and cultures.

The training seminar was organized by the Integration and Development Center for Information and Research under the project «Support to the development of intercultural education in Crimea», funded by the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities with the assistance of the Government of Finland.

 

 


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