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THROUGH COMMUNITY-BASED INITIATIVES TO LOCAL CHANGES

On November 1, 2014 16 Ukrainian NGOs started the implementation of their projects supported as part of the the project "Common future of the Ukrainian society after the Maidan. Promoting mutual understanding and cooperation in conflict prevention", implemented by the Institute for International Cooperation of the German Association of People Universities (DVV International) and the Integration and Development Center for Information and Research with the financial support by the Foreign Office of Germany (Auswartige Amt).

The main objective of the project competition announced in late September for the civic organizations - to promote the formation of a democratic society and a successful local development in Ukraine by improving the capacity of civil society organizations, local communities, including representatives of local authorities in order to sustain a dialogue between different groups of population at the regional and interregional levels.

More information can be found here

 

 

WORKSHOP ON ADAPTATION OF PROGRAMS AND MANUALS OF THE SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL INTEGRATED COURSE "CULTURE OF GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD"

On 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.

More information can be found here

 

 

THE ROLE OF DIALOGUE IN CONFLICT PREVENTION AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN UKRAINIAN SOCIETY

During September-November 2014 there were 6 training seminars conducted to enhance the capacity of local activists together with local authorities and the media to prevent and resolve conflicts in a multicultural society. The activities were carried out in a framework of the project "Common future of the Ukrainian society after the Maidan. Promoting mutual understanding and cooperation in conflict prevention", implemented by the Institute for International Cooperation of the German Association of People Universities (DVV International) represented by the office in Ukraine and the Integration and Development Center for Information and Research with the financial support by the German Foreign Office.

More information can be found here

 

 

Simferopol, Ukraine - 11-16 June 2012

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

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.

More information can be found here

 

 

Sevastopol, Ukraine May 28 - June 6 2012

CULTURE OF NEIGHBORHOOD: NEW TRAININGS CONDUCTED FOR KINDERGARTEN TUTORS AND PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS IN SEVASTOPOL

A five-day training for tutors and methodologists of Sevastopol pre-school educational institutions was conducted by the authors of the program of inter-cultural education for children of pre-school age "Crimean Garland" (the first part of a special course "Culture of Good Neighborhood").

The participants learned about the peculiarities of trainings for pre-school children, about ways of creating developmental environment in pre-school institutions and its influence on the tolerance formation, examined different aspects of conflict prevention and resolution proposed within the program “Crimean Garland”.

The same week primary school teachers of Sevastopol schools took part in a six-day long methodological seminar-training on the integrated course “Culture of Good Neighborhood”. The authors of the course conducted interactive lectures, training sessions on the peculiarities of moral education of primary school pupils, on prevention of conflict situations in the educational process and the role of a teacher in the tolerance education for younger pupils.

The participants learned about the basic forms and methods of teaching a course in an elementary school, the use of modern educational technologies, the formation of a culture of peace among children and about the patriotic education. They also practised exercises designed to build a team, to provide students with skills of self-presentation and constructive interaction. They also learned how to teach a child to resolve disputes nonviolently, to convert a rival to an ally, how to build successful cross-cultural communication skills.

The training seminars were conducted 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.

 

 

Simferopol, Ukraine - 11-16 June 2012

ANNOUNCEMENT: EDUCATORS FROM CRIMEAN COLLEGES WILL TAKE PART IN THE TRAINING SEMINAR ON COURSE "THE BASICS OF GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD"

The methodological training seminar on the course "The Basics of Good Neighborhood" for teachers of higher educational institutions of the Crimea will be held in Simferopol from 11th to 16th of June.

The seminar program will address the following issues:

• Conceptual foundations of Civic Education;
• Strategies for behavior in a conflict and ways to resolve a conflict;
• The formation of ethnic tolerance and constructive communication skills in a multiethnic environment. Interethnic Communication;
• The development of critical thinking of students;
• Prevention of harmful habits (smoking, drug addiction, gaming and computer addiction, etc.) and antisocial behavior of adolescents and young adults. Youth subculture;
• Introduction to mediation (mediation and conflict resolution). The concept of a restorative justice.

Participants will learn about the possibilities of using the course "The Basics of Good Neighborhood" to increase tolerance among teachers’ and parents’ groups, ethnic communities, rural communities; and also about the methods of working with adults. The electronic version of a manual for higher educational institutions will be presented during the seminar.

The training seminars will be organized 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.

 

 

Simferopol, Ukraine - June 10, 2011 - June 10, 2012

"THE PROJECT OF CULTURAL AND ETHNOGRAPHIC TOURISM DEVELOPMENT IN THE CRIMEA: DESIGHN AND PROMOTION OF ETHNOCULTURAL ROUTES" IS NEARING COMPLETION

Non-governmental organization "Information and Methodological Center for Inter-cultural Education and Tolerance," in cooperation with the Crimean Ethnographic Museum complete the implementation of "THE PROJECT OF CULTURAL AND ETHNOGRAPHIC TOURISM DEVELOPMENT IN THE CRIMEA: DESIGHN AND PROMOTION OF ETHNOCULTURAL ROUTES". The project was implemented with the support of the USAID Local Investment and National Competitiveness (LINC) project.

During the year, project experts – Margaryta Aradzhyoni, Ph.D., head of the department of ethno-confessional studies at the Crimean Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Chairman of the Board of NGO "Information and Methodological Center for Inter-cultural Education and Tolerance," and Yuri Laptev, the director of the Crimean Ethnographic Museum have developed 27 historical, cultural, archaeological, cultural and ethnographic routes.

More information can be found here

 

 

Eupatoria, Sevastopol - 12-13 April 2012

THE PROJECT "OVERCOMING PREJUDICE AMONG THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF CRIMEA" COMPLETED

The final discussion meetings in the framework of the project "Overcoming prejudice among the young people of Crimea" were held in Eupatoria and Sevastopol.

The last two meetings turned out to be the most intense. According to the project coordinator Alex Morozli, the discussion in Eupatoria was remarkable for its unusual composition of participants. Unlike other groups consisted usually of high-school or university students the discussion meeting in Eupatoria was attended by technical college students. At the same time, another meeting in Sevastopol collected the most active participants compared to other groups within the project. They took an active part in discussions and share specific examples from their own life experience. Alex Morozli noted that the organizers even had to regret the fact that the most impressive meetings were conducted at the final stage of the project.

Preliminary results of the project were summarized. So, the follow-up meetings and discussions were organized by some participants in their educational institutions. In addition, a meeting in Simferopol gave one of the participants an idea to conduct a film club meeting with the demonstration of recommended films. Moreover, one of the moderators of the discussions representing the IDC partner organization Odessa Regional Mediation Group Inna Tereshchenko announced its intention to hold a series of such discussions in Odessa based on the Crimean experience.

The project was supported by the Rule of Law Initiative of the American Bar Association – “ABA ROLI” and the International Renaissance Foundation.

 

 

Simferopol, Ukraine - March 31 - April 1

THE INTEGRATION AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER HAS STARTED ACTIVITIES IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE PROJECT "UNITY IN DIVERSITY": THE TOT CONDUCTED IN SIMFEROPOL

dvv internationalThe main goal of the project is tolerance and culture of good neighborhood development in Crimean communities through the involvement of representatives of various ethnic groups of Crimea in joint educational activities on the basis of documentary and feature films discussion clubs.

The pilot project includes the development of methods of working with documentary and feature films as media scenarios in multi-ethnic local communities; training of trainers among selected school teachers, conduct of discussion clubs in their communities for the adult population, representing different ethnic groups. At the final stage of the project the "round table" will take place involving experts, trainers, and representatives of donor organizations. It will include presentation of main achievements, discussion of the results for local communities and opportunities for dissemination of techniques. The project will last 10 months with the support provided by the Institute for International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association - dvv international representative in Ukraine.

As the project coordinator Katherine Degtyareva says, “The training for trainers was designed for teachers from selected schools, those who will implement the project in their communities.” The teachers represent seven Crimean schools – Urozhaynoye and Mazanka settlements from Simferopol district, Kuibyshevo and Krasniy Mak from Bakhchisaray district and three schools from Belogorsk. During the training participants got knowledge and skills of the conduct of discussion video clubs. "The purpose of the training was to teach them the techniques of video clubs activities for adults. Using materials received and skills acquired each trainer in their area will initiate three discussion meetings in which parents of students will participate. During each meeting the participants will see a documentary film on issues of in/tolerance, xenophobia, inter-ethnic or inter-confessional relations or human rights followed by a discussion on issues of concern in their region or local communities",- said Katherine. It is planned to hold 21 discussion meetings (video clubs).

 

 

Sevastopol, Ukraine - March 27-30, April 2-3

NEW TRAINING SESSIONS ON A SPECIAL COURSE "CULTURE OF GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD" HELD FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS OF SEVASTOPOL

Two training seminars on teaching a special course "Culture of Good Neighborhood" for primary school teachers were held in Sevastopol. The program of the first day of training included a presentation of the course "Culture of Neighborhood", issues of the modernization of education, the formation of social competence of pupils and students, and discussion on the concept of civic education. In addition, practical sessions were held on patriotic education. On the second day of training the participants discussed the relevance of the special course and its features, looked through its structure, methods and forms of teaching in a primary school. An interactive lecture upon the peculiarities of moral education of schoolchildren was conducted. The next day sessions of training included materials on the psychological foundations of inter-cultural education and practical training on the prevention of conflict situations in the educational environment. A special session was devoted to the discussion of the role of a teacher in the formation of tolerance of younger students.

On the fourth day of the training the course "Culture of Good Neighborhood" was presented and discussed as a regional component of such national courses as "Me and Ukraine", "Basics of Health", "Civic Education". Teachers’ experience of activities in elementary school was presented. The fifth day of the seminar program stimulated participants for a discussion of development of successful cross-cultural communication skills, creating a positive attitude to the diversity of the world, skills of successful intercultural communication and team building. During the final day of the training participants discussed issues of continuity of content and methods of the program of the course in educational institutions of the Crimea of all levels, the possibility of introducing the course, its role and place in the educational work of an educational institution. The practical part included tasks on the content and teaching methods of the course.

All the teachers participants highly appreciated the work of trainers and authors of the course. See their words of gratitude here (in Russian).

 

 

Yalta, Ukraine - March 16, 2012

THE EXPERIENCE OF INTRODUCING A SPECIAL COURSE "BASICS OF GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD" IN THE HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS OF THE AUTONOMOUS REPUBLIC OF CRIMEA AND SEVASTOPOL WAS DISCUSSED IN YALTA

A roundtable on the experience of introducing a special course "Basics of Good Neighborhood" in the higher education institutions of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol was held at the Crimean Humanitarian University in Yalta on March 16th. Its participants discussed the progress of the project "Supporting inter-cultural education in Crimea" (implemented with the support of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities) in 2012, and presented the experience of higher education institutions of the Crimea in introducing the course "Basics of Good Neighborhood." Representatives of the Crimean Humanitarian University - Senior lecturer in history, law and teaching methods Valentina Potapova and Assistant Professor of the same department Olga Skrypnyk - presented a detailed experience of the student video club.

During the meeting a discussion on the needs and prospects for the spread of the experience of teaching the course in the Universities of the Crimea was initiated. The issues of its adaptation, development tools, conducting training seminars and other aspects were debated. Considering the interest of universities’ administrations of the Crimea, as well as the real needs of the educational activities aimed at the formation of tolerant attitudes and the prevention of conflicts, especially in higher education institutions of I-II accreditation levels, the participants recommended conducting additional trainings. It was decided to hold a seminar-training in mid-June 2012.

 

 

Simferopol, Ukraine — January 18, 2012

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON THE ACTIVITY OF CIVIL SOCIETY IN UKRAINE

On January 18 in Simferopol, Ukraine a roundtable was held on the topic of “Civil Society in Ukraine: Actions to ensure the development of democracy and European integration in Ukraine at the State and regional level”. The roundtable discussion took place at the Center for Intercultural Education and Tolerance, which is based in the Crimean Ethnographic Museum in Simferopol.

The event was supported by the International Renaissance Foundation in preparation for the Citizens' Assembly Forum of Ukraine (CAF) to be held in Kiev in late February. The topic of the forum's discussion in February will be: "The crisis of democracy in Ukraine and the position of civil society".

More information can be found here

 

 

Simferopol, Ukraine — 22 December, 2011

ROUND TABLE ON GOVERNMENT ACTIVITIES TO COMBAT MANIFESTATIONS OF INTOLERANCE IN UKRAINIAN SOCIETY

On December 22, 2011 in Simferopol a round table discussion took place on «The coordination of law enforcement, executive, government and civil society organizations to combat manifestations of intolerance in Ukrainian society». The round table was the final event for the project «Management of inter-ethnic relations in Crimea by increasing the capacity of prosecutors in combating manifestations of intolerance in society», which is implemented by the independent Ukrainian Center for Political Studies (Kiev) and the Integration and Development Center for Information and Research (Simferopol) with the support of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities.

The roundtable was attended by representatives of executive authorities of the Verkhovna Rada of Crimea and representatives from the Prosecutor's Office, Interior Ministry and Security Services.

More information can be found here

 

 

Simferopol, Ukraine — 17-18 December 2011

EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE TO EXCHANGE EXPERIENCE ON THE SCHOOL COURSE «CULTURE OF GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD» AND FOR THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE COURSE'S TEACHERS. THE LAST METHODICAL TRAINING WORKSHOPS HELD SINCE 2008-2010

The Integration and Development Center for Information Research Center held this education conference as part of the project «Support for the development of intercultural education in Crimea» (implemented with the support of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities). Teachers involved in the teaching of the course «Culture of Good Neighborhood» took part in the conference during the 17th and 18th December 2011.

The conference was attended by over 50 participants. Developers of the course, including the course author Margaret Aradzhioni, presented new manuals that were prepared and published during the previous year of the project. In addition, new materials and exercises for the development of cultural sensitivity and school mediation were also presented. The materials were made available on CD, and included three new video tutorials on the traditional arts and crafts of Crimea.

More information can be found here

 

 

Simferopol, Ukraine - 9-11 December 2011

TRAINING FOR PROSECUTORS DEDICATED TO COMBATING MANIFESTATIONS OF INTOLERANCE AND HATE CRIME IN SOCIETY

The 3 day training event for prosecutors was held as part of the project «Management of inter-ethnic relations in Crimea with prosecution in combating manifestations of intolerance in society», which is being implemented by the independent Ukrainian Center for Political Studies (Kiev) and the Integration and Development Center for Information and Research (Simferopol) with the support of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities.

The main objective of this project was to improve the capacity of prosecutors in Crimea to counter intolerance in society and create early warning procedures for conflict situations. The training included presentations on the following topics: «Examination of hate crimes by international and regional standards and the local legal framework»; «General assessment of the problem of xenophobia in Ukraine from the perspective of law enforcement»; «Characteristics of hate crimes»; «Hate Speech in the information space of Ukraine»; «Police activity regarding policies for preventing xenophobia and hate crimes»; and others.

 

 

Alushta, Ukraine - 25-27 November 2011

CRIMEAN SCHOOL OF CITIZEN JOURNALISM

The Crimean school of citizen journalism took place in Alushta as part of the project «New Media in the service of civil society».

The project was organized by the Integration and Development Center for Information and Research and sponsored by the International Renaissance Foundation. The aim of the project was to bring together numerous facets of Crimean society and have them learn about the process of creating, collecting and disseminating relevant information for the greater public and in doing so, drawing attention to a wide range of pressing problems within Crimean society.

25 participants took part in the School, including representatives from NGOs and Crimean media outlets. Journalists and NGO representatives from throughout Ukraine and Crimea acted as the teachers for the school. They facilitated discussions by participants on socially important topics, such as: «models of decision making in the field of social policy»; «public opinion on radio and television»; «political debate in the media»; «modern digital technologies (new media) — a tool for public participation in local government»; «projects (models) of civic journalism»; and «the challenges and ways to overcome hate speech».

 

 

Simferopol, Krasnoperekopsk, Kerch, Ukraine - 8-26 November, 2011:

FIVE-DAY WORKSHOPS FOR PRESCHOOL TEACHERS DELIVERED IN THE THREE CITIES OF THE CRIMEA

A series of training seminars for preschool teachers involved in the «Culture of Good Neighborhood» tolerance education course, took place from the 8th to 26th November in the three Crimean cities of Simferopol, Kerch and Krasnoperekopsk. The workshops, which lasted five days each, were attended by pre-school teachers, music teachers, school psychologists and methodologists from Simferopol, Kerch and the Krasnoperekopsk region. As well as hands on knowledge gained from the training sessions, the seminar participants also received literature from the school programs «Crimean wreath», «Know the Crimea together», and «Travelling thru Crimea together».

More information can be found here

 

 

Simferopol, Bakhchisaray, Belogorsk - 14-24 November, 2011:

PUBLIC ORGANIZATION «MAMAY» PUT PERFORMANCES IN THE CRIMEA ON UKRAINIAN – CRIMEAN TATAR FRIENDSHIP

The NGO «Mamay» in conjunction with the theatre studio of Vladimir Zavalniuk performed a show devoted to Ukrainian – Crimean Tatar relations in six schools throughout Crimea. Organizational support for arranging the performances was provided by NGOs: «The Council of Teachers» (Bakhchisaray) and «The Integration and Development Center for Information and Research» (Simferopol). The project was supported by the International Renaissance Foundation.

More information can be found here

 

 

Belogorsk, Ukraine - 14-21 November, 2011:

A «WEEK OF TOLERANCE» TOOK PLACE IN BELOGORSK DURING THE WEEK OF 14TH NOVEMBER AT SCHOOL

The school's motto is «Tolerance — the road to peace». Throughout the week numerous activities related to tolerance took place at the school. The activities included: tolerance themed performances; forum theatre; article writing; video, literary, and musical presentations; a roundtable to discuss tolerance; and a festival called «The palette of cultures in Crimea» to celebrate Crimea's rich and diverse cultural heritage.

During the «Week of tolerance» a competition called «Crimean Cuisine» also took place. The competition saw students from different classes prepare and present the national dishes of different people living in Crimea. In addition, the latest issue of the school newspaper was dedicated to the International Day of Tolerance.

More information can be found here

 

 

Simferopol & Sevastopol, Ukraine - 6-9 October, 2011:

INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC-PRACTICAL CONFERENCE CALLED "PREVENTION OF VIOLENT CONFLICTS AND PEACE EDUCATION IN MULTICULTURAL SOCIETIES”

From 6th - 9th October 2011 in Sevastopol, Ukraine at the Hotel Aquamarine was held an international scientific-practical conference called "Prevention of Violent Conflicts and Peace Education in Multicultural Societies”.

Participants of the conference are representatives of public organizations, experts, academics and researchers in the field of cultural studies, political science, psychology, sociology, and history. There were also representatives of the Office of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of Crimea, the Polish Embassy in Ukraine and various organizations that work to combat racism and xenophobia. In total, the conference was attended by more than eighty people from twenty countries, including: Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Belarus, Moldova, Romania, Turkey, Netherlands, Greece, Israel, Australia, Azerbaijan, Canada, UK, Kenya, USA, Philippines, Japan, Montenegro, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.

More information can be found here

 

 

Simferopol, Ukraine - 21 May, 2011:

AWARD CEREMONY WAS HELD FOR THE WINNERS OF THE CONTESTS

In celebration of Europe Day in Crimea an award ceremony was held for the winners of the contests – “Crimean Mosaic: A Great Diversity” and the “Crimean Art Competition for the International Day of Friendship” (also known as the “My Friend” competition, held from January 20th to March 20th 2011). The contests were created for school pupils and university students to submit their amateur video, photography and art work on the theme of cultural diversity.

More information can be found here

 

Eupatoria, Saki, Dzhankoy, Ukraine – 19 March, 2011:

SIX-DAY TRAINING SEMINARS FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS FROM EUPATORIA, SAKSKY AND DZHANKOYSKY RAYON WHO WILL IMPLEMENT THE "CULTURE OF GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD" COURSE IN CRIMEA

The IDC will continue the methodical six-day training seminars for primary and secondary school teachers from Eupatoria, Saksky and Dzhankoysky rayon who will implement the "Culture of Good Neighborhood" course in Crimea.

20th - 25th March – Eupatoria – primary school teachers (program attached)
21st - 26th March – Dzhankoy – primary school teachers (program attached)
21st – 26th March – Eupatoria – secondary school teachers (program attached)

 

 

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – 7-10 February, 2011:

PRESENTATION OF THE COURSE “CULTURE OF GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD” IN KYRGYZSTAN

An IDC delegation of developers and managers of the course “Culture of Good Neighborhood” visited Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to present their experience of implementing the course in Crimea. The IDC delegation introduced the course and led a training session for representatives of educational institutions in Bishkek to help transfer knowledge and experience regarding ethnic media and peace education.

More information can be found here

 

 

Evpatoria, Ukraine – 30 January, 2011:

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION FOR TEACHERS REGARDING THE IMPROVEMENT OF YEAR-ROUND AND SEASONAL CHILD CARE

IDC held a roundtable discussion for teachers regarding the improvement of year-round and seasonal child care. Topics of discussion included the promotion of tolerance in schools, conflict resolution skills for teachers, the experience of educational work aimed at reducing violence and constructive engagement for improving child care. Representatives of educational institutions and non-governmental organisations from Ukraine, Moldova and Kyrgyzstan took part.

More information can be found here

 

 

Evpatoria, Ukraine – 25-31 January, 2011:

SEMINAR FOR TEACHERS FROM HEALTH CENTERS, SANATORIUMS, AND RESORT INSTITUTIONS

The third stage of the six day long training seminar was held for teachers from health centers, sanatoriums, and resort institutions. Participants included representatives of educational institutions from Kiev and Zhitomir, Ukraine as well as representatives from Moldova and Kyrgyzstan (from regions where there is interest in adapting the experience of Crimean teachers). 26 people participated in the third stage seminar, and 92 have received certificates for the training since the first stage at the beginning of the year. The seminar was organized by IDC in cooperation with the NGO "Information and Methodological Center for Intercultural Education and Tolerance" and with financial support from the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities.

More information can be found here

 

 

Simferopol, Ukraine – 20 January, 2011:

THE IDC OPENS THE FIRST CRIMEAN PHOTO AND VIDEO ART CONTEST FOR CHILDREN AND STUDENTS TO MARK THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FRIENDSHIP (CELEBRATED 9TH JUNE)

The contest is an initiative of the Information and Instructional Center for Intercultural Education and Tolerance and the Integration and Development Center. It is a part of the project “Support for Intercultural Education in the Crimea” which is funded by the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities. Its aim is to foster a culture of friendship and positive relations among young people in Crimea.

The contest is open to all interested children and students in the following age categories:

Category 1: 4-5 years;
Category 2: 6-7 years;
Category 3: 8-10 years.

The final date for submission of art work is 20th March 2011.

The rules of the contest can be found here

Vsekrymsky photo and video contest for pupils and students – "Crimean mosaic: a great diversity"

The Information and Methodical Center of Intercultural Education and Tolerance and the Integration and Development Center invites Crimean students to take part in the photo and video art competition – “Crimean mosaic: a great diversity ", which runs until 20th March 2011.

The competition coincides with the World Day for Cultural Diversity (21 May) and is part of the project "Support for multicultural education in the Crimea”, which is funded by the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities.

How to join: If you live and study in Crimea and have an interesting photo or video on the theme of friendship and diversity please send a completed application form by 20th March 2011. Good Luck!

The rules of the contest can be found here

 

 

Simferopol, Ukraine – 15-16 January, 2011:

TRAINING SEMINAR ENTITLED “TO RESOLVE CONFLICTS AND CREATE RESPECT AND PARTNERSHIP!”

IDC in cooperation with the Odessa Regional Mediation Group conducted the third phase of the training seminar entitled “To Resolve Conflicts and Create Respect and Partnership!”. The two day seminar focused on teaching secondary school teachers the basics of mediation and conflict resolution in schools.

The seminar was held in Simferopol's school-gymnasium ¹ 10 and attracted teachers and psychologists from numerous regions of Crimea, including Simferopol, Dzhankoy, Evpatoria, Belogorskogo, Kirov, Krasnogvardeysky, Nizhnegorsky, Pervomaisky and Saki. The seminar took place within an additional teacher training for the tolerance course "Culture of Good Neighborhood", which focused on the methods of teaching peer mediation. Previous stages of the seminar took place between 27th and 30th October and 11th and 12th December 2010.

The seminar included practical training in conflict resolution and mediation, along with abilities and skills acquired by teachers who are in the process of mastering the technique of the course "Culture of Good Neighborhood". Combined, these methods provide an opportunity to enhance the effectiveness of educational work and to reduce violence and the potential for conflict in schools.

The head of the Odessa Regional Mediation Group, Inna Tereshchenko, commented:

“We have created school mediation centers to give teachers, social workers and psychologists important skills for conflict mediation and resolution. We saw that the teachers who implement the course "Culture of Good Neighborhood" have all the basic skills to become mediators, so we took this opportunity to encourage and increase their abilities.”

More information can be found here

 

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