From November 28 to December 2, the non-governmental organization (NGO) Open Policy Foundation held a strategic planning session in the International Green School in Kosmach, Kosivsky District, Ivano-Frankivsk Region.
As a result of fruitful work, the Open Policy Foundation's team, according to the mission of the organization "to cultivate traditional European values and values of sustainable development in local communities, to expand access to quality education for children and youth, to develop Ukraine's scientific and innovative potential", has fixed three priority directions of its activities for the period up to 2021, namely:
Motto: Science - for peace, education - for everyone!
Promotion of equal access for children and youth to quality education, regardless of place of residence, including young people who are affected by the conflict and live in mountainous areas
Motto: From the ecology of the soul - to the ecology of the universe!
Development and implementation of the STrEAM education model (S – science, T – technologies, r – robotics, E – engineering, A – art, M – mathematics) in the system of formal, informal and informational education
Synergy into action
Motto: Dream. Act. Rejoice!
Increase of institutional capacity (capacity building) of educational institutions, local communities.
In addition, special attention was paid to project management. Head of the Open Policy Foundation Iryna ZHDANOVA held training on writing projects of EU funds.
A special participant in the Strategic Planning Session was the United States Peace Corps volunteer Janin WINN, who, within 3 days, prompted the Foundation's team to speak English. Janin became part of the team, sharing her experience of project activities in the United States. During the session, along with Janin, the perspectives of the creation and implementation of innovative STrEAM education, environmental projects, in particular in OTG (on the example of Kosmach united territorial community (UTC) were discussed.
The Strategy of the Open Policy Foundation 2017-2021 can be found at the link
Also, during the strategic planning session, the team of the NGO Open Policy Foundation has visited the Kosmach-Stavnyk school. Ex-director of the school, Kirill Kyrilovich LINDYUK, held an excursion to the educational institution for the Foundation's team, which resulted the installation of seven ovens at the expense of Kosmach OTG. Now these ovens heat up the mountainous school.
A separate part of the trip was the study of the traditions of the high-mountainous Hutsul settlement. Director of the Kosmach-Stavnitsk school Oksana Kirillovna LINDYUK, together with children, held a master class of performing the carols. Moreover, the cozy atmosphere helped to focus on perspective ideas and plans.
The strategic planning session was productive, informative, and most importantly inspiring. Having worked out and received new knowledge and positive emotions from the snow-covered Carpathians, the Open Policy Foundation team returned to work in the capital, and the International Green School is already waiting for a group of participants in the winter session - students and teachers from the Zaporizhzhya region.