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The Open Policy Foundation launched the project "Education for Everyone!" with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Ukraine

July 23, 2018, 9:57 a.m.

On July 18 in Sievierodonetsk in the press center of the Luhansk Regional State Administration a press conference on the topic "Education - for Everyone! Access to Quality Education: Intermediate Results of the Admission Campaign of Entrants from the Non-Government Controlled Areas of Luhansk Oblast, the "Contact Line" and the Training of Teachers on Innovative STEM/STREAM Methods” was conducted. The event was organized by the NGO "Open Policy Foundation" and the Luhansk Regional State Administration with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Ukraine.

The speakers were deputy chairman of the Luhansk Regional State Administration Olga Lishyk, executive director of the NGO "Open Policy Foundation", candidate of historical sciences Iryna Zhdanova, acting director of the Department of Higher Education of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine Svitlana Kretovych, and director of the Department of Education and Science of the Luhansk Regional State Administration Yuriy Stetsyuk.

Olga Lishyk stressed the need to create equal conditions for obtaining quality education for all residents of the region without exception. Iryna Zhdanova and Svitlana Kretovych reported on the course of the introductory campaign for entrants from the non-government controlled territories of Luhansk region, areas along the "contact line", announced the results of the monitoring visit, the intermediate results of the work of the educational centers and the "hotline".

Iryna Zhdanova presented a video instruction for entrants from the east of Ukraine - 2018, created with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Ukraine (video is available at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wu7Vheay37w) and other information products.

During the press conference, a new Lithuanian-Ukrainian project "Education for Everyone! Increasing the Institutional Capacity of Local Communities in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts" was also presented. Within the framework of the project, with the support of the Lithuanian Embassy in Ukraine, from July 2 to July 6, the Open Policy Foundation held a five-day training "Education for Everyone! Open GREEN STREAM" at the International Green School in the village of Kosmach in Ivano-Frankivsk region for teachers and educators from Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts.

Teachers from Ocheretyne, Rubizhne, and Kramatorsk (teachers, representatives of the education departments, and the Institute of Postgraduate Education) came to the picturesque high mountain village to learn innovative STEM/STREAM techniques, project management, and fundraising. Teachers adopted a unique experience of combining fun science with traditional art, green values, learned about educational innovative cases of EU countries, Ukraine and other countries of the world. Also for the first time in Ukraine, the STEM set Makey Makey was used (programming through the game), which the diaspora of Rochester (New York, USA) presented to the Open Policy Foundation.

During the training, teachers learned how to teach students robotics, engineering, and 3D modeling with the help of cheap materials and how to create a creative learning space from inexpensive mobile furniture in a small room. From now on, the teachers can apply these innovative approaches when creating an educational space and filling it with content in their schools.

"We are convinced that education will become a reliable bridge of peace for the region along the contact line, as well as an effective tool for a reintegration of the occupied territories of Donbas," noted head of the Open Policy Foundation Iryna Zhdanova.

In total, 26 people took part in the press conference on July 18, namely representatives of educational centers "Donbas-Ukraine", teachers of Luhansk region, including those who participated in the training at the International Green School. Educators willingly shared their impressions and plans for the future. It was interesting to talk not only during the events but also in an informal atmosphere.

The next training within the framework of the project with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Ukraine will be held in September this year in the town of Rubizhne, Luhansk oblast.