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Open Policy Foundation presented new informational products during press briefings in Luhanska and Donetska oblasts

Sept. 5, 2018, 12:37 p.m.

The NGO “Open Policy Foundation” presented new information products during the regional August conference of educators in Luhanska oblast, a selector meeting and two press briefings in Severodonetsk and Kramatorsk on the topic "Access to the New Ukrainian School, Professional Education for Children and Youth from Non-government controlled areas (NGCA) of Luhanska oblast, along “contact line” (CL).

 

These are postcards, posters, roadmaps, video clips about the possibilities to enter Vocational School and obtaining secondary education for students from NGCA, created by the Foundation in cooperation with Ministry of Education and Science with the support UNICEF, the Lithuanian Embassy in Ukraine.

"Ukrainian education should offer an opportunity for modern children. We must speak not only about high-quality education, but also about access to it, access to New Ukrainian School, "noted Iryna ZHDANOVA, Executive Director of Open Policy Foundation, on August 28 during the regional August conference in Severodonetsk, in Luhanska oblast. - How to provide this important access to children from NGCA, CL, as well as students who study not in main schools - from small towns and villages not only in Luhanska oblast but also in hard-to-reach high-mountain regions of the Carpathians or the Kinburn Spit? Qualitative distance education will help. We will be able to reintegrate the occupied territories through education. We need to make a program for schools that did not become main. We could provide a new quality of education without an interactive whiteboard, without new furniture and large computer classes".

Iryna ZHDANOVA told that NGO “Open Policy Foundation” together with the Luhansk Regional State Administration started a project with the support of the Lithuanian Embassy in Ukraine, aimed at making qualitative innovative education accessible in Ukraine. "As part of the project, during the first training at the International Green School (Kosmach, Ivano-Frankivska oblast), we have already trained teachers from the Rubizhne town of Luhanska oblast," the head of the Foundation said. "We show educators how the school can work without significant financial resources - with the help of cheap materials".

 

The Open Policy Foundation, together with representatives of the Regional State Administration, regional departments of education and science, continued to discuss the challenges and ways of solving the provision of distance education during two press briefings held on August 29 and 30 in Severodonetsk of Luhanska oblast, and in Kramatorsk, Donetska oblast.

 

Deputy Director of the Department of Education and Science of the Regional State Administration of Luhansk Tetyana Tkacheva noted that there is an increase in the number of students studying distantly on external study from NGCA. This increasing occurs not only in the final grades (9th and 11th), but also in others. "The number of students studying distantly / on the external level is increasing. There is a number of such kind of schoolchildren is 809 now, 584 of which are studying at final grades (283 - in 9 grades, 301 - in 11 grades)," said Tetyana TKACHOVA.

 

"At present, the number of children from NGCA that enter into our schools for distance and external education is increasing: almost 12 thousand people are currently on external education and about 1,500 students are enrolled in distance learning," said the deputy head of the Department of Education and Science of Regional State Administration of Donetska oblast - Olena MAKARENKO - We have authorized 5 secondary schools in our region to provide distance learning, and this year we plan to add 5 more schools to distance learning. We will have 10 schools that will provide distance education.

 

The Donetsk Institute of Postgraduate Pedagogical Education, where before the war, was developed a platform for distance learning, provides significant assistance. The war slightly corrected our aspirations, but now the institute has returned its positions, the platform (https://eschool.dn.ua) works and develops, and teachers who improve their qualifications, and teachers who work with children distantly use this platform. And we are cooperating with the Open Policy Foundation, which provides for us additional resource in the form of Dostupna Osvita (Accessible Education) platform.

 

The event organizers summed up the interim results of admission campaign 2018 for youth from NGCA, CL.

 

"Today, 501 entrants (graduates) from the NGCA, CL have become students through the Educational Centers “Donbas-Ukraine”, which operate in the Luhanska oblast," said the deputy chairman of the Lugansk Regional State Administration Lishyk Olga. - In general, there is 6 561 such entrants, in particular, 1 345 persons entered the higher education institutions of the I-II accreditation levels in the Luhanska oblast. I’m very grateful to the Open Policy Foundation for the active work and development of information products - posters, postcards, video clips broadcasting not only in our web resources but also on all infrastructure objects, especially on checkpoints, in trains, social institutions, in public transport, etc. to ensure important information about the opportunities to get high-quality education in Ukraine could reach to all citizens, not just children".

 

"This year 1 785 people contacted the Educational Centers “Donbas-Ukraine”- it’s in 200 persons more than last year. We see the dynamics appeals increasing from the entrants, the growth of the interest of youth from the NGCA, CL every year, - said Deputy Director of the Department of Education and Science of the Regional State Administration of Donetska oblast, Olena MAKARENKO during the selector meeting. - This is a confirmation that we are doing absolutely rightly, without leaving out the attention of children, young people who suffered from the war. At the same time, the number of children from NGCA that enter our schools for distance and external education is increasing: almost 12 thousand people are currently on external studying about 1,500 students are enrolled in distance education".

 

"I want to thank the Regional State Administration of Luhanska and Donetska oblasts, the Departments of Education and Science of these oblasts, UNICEF, the UN Children's Fund for the huge work on access of children from NGCA, CL to education, - noted the executive director of the NGO "Open Policy Foundation" Iryna ZHDANOVA - I remind you that according public contract the vocational school entering campaign is in progress. We have developed a step-by-step instruction how to enroll in vocational and technical institutions and posts for pupils from NGCA, CL - who do not have Ukrainian passport, certificate for grade 9, and grade 11.

 

Iryna Zhdanova emphasized that applicants from NGCA, CL still have a chance to qualify for free professional tuition without a certificate, without a passport.

 

At the same time, entrants from the NGCA, CL are still able to enter the CONTRACTS to universities through Educational Centers “Donbass-Ukraine”, which work until September 28 without any Ukrainian documents. However, documents must be submitted by September 26. Next, write a statement asking you to move to free professional tuition".

During the briefing, the Foundation's representers demonstrated to the staff of the Regional State Administration, educators, journalists, a new animated video of the Open Policy Foundation on a simplified entry procedure to the vocational and technical institutions 2018 (audio recorded with the support of UNICEF):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_1iBOztgrA

 

One can prepare for the entry with the help of free video tutorials, presentations, tests at dostupnaosvita.com.ua. Registration is NOT REQUIRED!

The site contains updated contacts of ALL Educational Centers, basic schools for distance education, vocational schools, ALL ROADMAPS.

 

On August 30, 2018, in Kramatorsk, a select conference with directors of vocational schools of Donetska oblast on the topic "Access to vocational education for children and youth from the NGCA of the Donetska oblast, along the "contact line".

 

The event was organized by the Open Policy Foundation, the Department of Education and Science, the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, Regional State Administration of Donetska oblast with the support of the Lithuanian Embassy in Ukraine, UNICEF.

 

The selector meeting was attended by representatives of the vocational and technical institutions, educational institutions of the towns of Kramatorsk, Slavyansk, Selidove, Oleksandrivka, Mariupol, Toretsk, Volnovaha, Dobropillya, Velyka Novosilka, Pokrovsk, Konstantinovka, Bakhmut, Druzhkovka, Kurakhov, and Avdeyivka. Their questions were answered by the state expert of the Directorate of Vocational Education of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine Galyna PONOMARYOVA.

 

Iryna Zhdanova also told that due to support of UNICEF Open Policy Foundation has been working the "hotline" on the issues of education for children, youth from the NGCA, CL (during the entry campaign together with the Ministry of Education and Science).

 

  • This year, almost twice more calls (more than 10.5 thousand) were recorded in January-August (compared to the corresponding period of 2017), including 1.5 thousand calls from the east of Ukraine and the Crimea
  • a record number of 559 calls in one day (07/18/2018) was received on the "hotline" of the Open Policy Foundation

In general, a significant number of calls to the "hotline" associated with the ignorance of school graduates with the rules of entry.

The most common questions from NGCA entrants to the "hotline" of the Foundation are: ● Distant education

  • Simplified entry procedure through the Educational Centers
  • Registration in the e-cabinet of entrants
  • Low external independent assessment result
  • Receiving an ID card
  • Benefits for children of ATO and IDP participants
  • Obtaining the registration military document in the recruiting station (for boys)
  • The inability to use the village rate because of the residence permit on the NGCA

 

An animated video on a simplified entry procedure to vocational and technical institutions 2018 (audio recorded with the support of UNICEF):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_1iBOztgrA

 

Video tutorial on distance education (made with the support of the Lithuanian Embassy in Ukraine):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrsLm9X_dd0

 

The schoolchildren, entrants and their parents can contact "hotline" of the Open Policy Foundation for explanations, which has been working with UNICEF for three years (during the entry campaign together with the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine).  

 

“Hotline” of Open Policy Foundation:

 

0 800 504 425 – for free!

+38 068 9512513 (Viber/Telegram/WhatsApp/Skype: DostupnaOsvita UA)

+38 050 5505411 (Viber/Telegram/WhatsApp/Skype: DostupnaOsvita UA)

 

Kramatorsk

0 800 50 45 22 – for free!

+38 066 113 93 75 (Viber / Telegram / WhatsApp)

+38 097 904 71 91 (Viber / Telegram / WhatsApp)

Skype: Dostupna Osvita Kramatorsk

 

Severodonetsk

0 800 50 45 11 - for free!

+38 099 345 20 76 (Viber / Telegram / WhatsApp)

+38 097 983 65 31 (Viber / Telegram / WhatsApp)

Skype: Dostupna Osvita Severodonetsk

 

Consult telephone lines operating on weekdays from 9:00 to 13:00, 14:00 to 18:00.

Department of Education and Science of Regional State Administration of Luhanska oblast

(06452) 548 73

Department of Education and Science of Regional State Administration of Donetska oblast

095 314 15 75

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