WORKSHOP ON ADAPTATION OF PROGRAMS AND MANUALS OF THE
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL INTEGRATED COURSE "CULTURE OF GOOD
November 21-22, 2014 the initial workshop on adaptation of programs
and manuals of the special educational integrated course "Culture
of Good Neighborhood" in Transcarpathian, Lviv, Odessa,
Kharkiv, Kherson and Chernivtsi regions and city of Kyiv.
The workshop was made possible by financial support from the
OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities. Its main goal
is to join efforts of teachers from different regions of Ukraine
aimed at the development of intercultural education, inter-regional
dialogue between educational institutions. The workshop continues
the work that has been done over last 12 years in the Crimea,
and also began in 2013 with the development and implementation
of a course in educational institutions of Odessa region, and
also with the development of pilot programs for primary school
in the Transcarpathian and Chernivtsi regions (supported by
the International Renaissance Foundation).
In view of the recent developments in Ukraine the need for
intercultural education, overcoming regional stereotypes of
each other, tolerance building towards manifestations of diversity,
cultural, ethnic, linguistic or ideological differences, is
considered one of the more relevant for future development.
This was confirmed by analytical examination of the situation
in education area, conducted in July-September this year.
Educational experts from 7 regions of Ukraine - Transcarpathian,
Lviv, Odessa, Kharkiv, Kherson and Chernivtsi regions and the
cityof Kyiv – were invited for cooperation at this stage. The
experience in the development and implementation of the course
work was represented by the head of creative working groups
Margarita Aradzhyoni and members of the team - Lyudmila Muhomorina,
Anna Medvedeva, Valentina Potapova, Oleg Smirnov. This initial
workshop brought together representatives from all regions,
experts in pre-school, primary, secondary and higher education.
After a detailed presentation of the course implementation experience
in Crimea and Odessa region, of the international experience,
particularly in Moldova and Kyrgyzstan, participants discussed
the real needs of each target region and next steps to adapt
the pilot program course.
The main result of this two days long intensive seminar is
the accumulated plan for the next three years of the course
adaptation to conditions of each region, including adaptation
of programs, textbooks and other teaching aids for further implementation
by identifying pilot educational institutions, training of educators,
and the introduction of psychological monitoring of the implementation
of the experiment.
The seminar was attended by the Yuriy Kononenko, Head of preschool
and secondary education department, Ministry of Education and
Science of Ukraine, Yulia Tishchenko, an expert on ethnic relations,
UCIPRChairwoman, OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities
Project Coordinator in Ukraine Christian Knust, and a representative
of the High Commissioner in Ukraine Aziz Demerjaev.